The past century and a half have been one of rapid and dauntless progress. Since the industrial revolution, intrepid inventors and innovators have worked tirelessly to invent the next great way to improve the quality of living for everyone, and make the world that much better of a place.
From the locomotive, automobile and airplane to radio, television and the internet, recent history has been a whirlwind journey of progress punctuated by abject terror – terror sometimes brought about by progress itself.
Still, with all the fears of progress running away from us, spoiling us or leading to us ending ourselves in the end, it’s hard to find someone who will truly debate that overall, it’s a blessed thing.
There’s no greater example of this than our increasing speed at handling emergencies.
Global Positioning Systems
An artifact of militarized space exploration technology, this modern marvel comes hand in hand with broad band cellular networks and smart mobile devices to provide a service which can save so many lives.
With GPS, lost or stranded travelers or others in need of assistance can find their way to help, or be readily located by those whom can help them. In a few decades, an age before GPS will be looked upon as truly terrifying, dangerous and possibly “barbaric”.
Better 911 Technology
911 has been a life saving system for a very long time, one of the most vital products of telephone technology, allowing easy contact with medical rescue and police aid. However, like anything else utilizing the telephone systems, it has had its problems along the way. Things like garbled signals, lost calls and difficulty to trace locations of people in need of help.
Enhanced 911 systems offered by companies like TAMCO offer to improve the distribution to call centers to provide faster help, and to integrate other communications channels directly in, in the near future. The goal is to integrate video monitors, call management applications and other digital communications systems with the elegance that corporate call centers have been achieving for the past five years.
Strategic Social Networks
In the wake of the social network revolution, uncanny uses have presented themselves which have abated and aided in many an emergency.
These are less colossal emergencies often, such as locating and capturing dangerous individuals wanted for violent crimes, locating missing persons and even aiding the military in apprehending enemies of the state.
Digital Medical Equipment
Computerized medical equipment began to find its way into common use in the seventies, and has improved drastically in accuracy and power since.
However, it wasn’t until the modern nanometer-scale processors of very recent times became practical and affordable that this technology truly found its power in medicine. Modern digital instruments are networked and super-precise, able to access patient records and associate those with sensor findings. This has allowed doctors to respond to medical emergencies exponentially faster and more confidently than in all previous history.
Following the advent of digital equipment for doctors, laboratories across the world harnessed that same power to get a deeper grasp on the nature of life itself. The ability to synthesize genes, molecules and even entire biological systems on computers has allowed the creation of priceless medications, treatments and an overall better understanding of physiology and how to not just maintain, but also master it. This has extended the human lifespan greatly over the past half century. Where will it go from here?
Advanced Weather Tracking
While meteorology isn’t a new science, it’s another one that has exploded in accuracy and power with the advent of modern digital networks and high-power computing.
With the ability to track in-depth data from various satellites as well as networked ground stations across the globe, scientists are able to use super computers to model weather trends and far more accurately predict foreseeable climate conditions.
This has allowed advance warning for impending weather disasters such as cyclones, typhoons and other very dangerous atmospheric disasters.
Many lives were saved in the wake of hurricane Katrina than would have been possible to save had the event happened just eight years prior.
The internet itself deserves a place of its own. In the past decade, the power and application of this new form of digital communication has revolutionized the way we live our lives. With the ability to access information on any subject instantly, many accidents and disasters – resulting from the uninformed or misinformed – are readily avoided.
Along with this is the high fidelity mass communication which has evolved online, allowing instant, important news to be dispersed to everyone with almost no delay. Be it text feeds, live news streams or anything in between, when a disaster happens, people can be informed immediately.
Of course, in a disaster, knowledge and clear thinking are the most valuable thing of all …
These are of course merely the tip of the ice berg, and are in no way arranged in any order of importance. Progress has extended our lifespan, given us a way to survive many once universally fatal things, and has made us a wiser, more informed species able to react intelligently to prevent or respond to any kind of disaster with grace. It’s another question whether or not we actually accomplish that, of course.
Information Credit: http://www.tamcocorp.com. By Savannah Coulsen