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Surprising Tech Advancements You Might Not Know

The 21st century has been one of the biggest game-changers for technology. We have come so far with advancements, that even Nikola Tesla would rub his eyes in disbelief if he saw what we’ve achieved over the last few decades. Cell phones, for example, used to be so large that they came in suitcases. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, less than 1 percent of Americans had cellular service. Even though they were once thought to be for business people, now over 50 percent of children and 80 percent of teens have cell phones.

The fact that cell phones have gone from being a luxury to a necessity is a sign of how far we’ve come technologically, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Continue reading to learn about some of the most amazing and surprising advancements in tech.

Self-Driving Cars

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One of the amazing facts about self-driving cars is that the first concept for a self-driving car was introduced in 1939, and 19 years later, General Motors brought the concept to life. However, as you can imagine, autonomous cars were still a long way away from being ready for the road.

Today, there’s a race between Tesla Motors, Google, Amazon, and a few other tech giants who are locked in a dead heat to be the first to perfect the autonomous car and make it available for regular use on the highways of the United States. As with all burgeoning tech, there are some bugs to work out.

One of the main obstacles companies are working on is making sure vehicles can sense their environments and the pedestrians around them. Automakers are also working hard to make sure these vehicles are as safe or safer than human drivers. We might not be there yet, but we’re not as far from driverless cars being on U.S. highways as you may think.

Telemedicine or Telehealth

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Telemedicine, otherwise known as telehealth, is a system wherein you can see your doctor virtually without having to go to their office. Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no better way to see your doctor. We’ve actually come so far with technology that there are cancer care telemedicine appointments now.

For a virtual visit with any telehealth appointment, a laptop with a camera and microphone or a smartphone is required. Keep that in mind before scheduling anything to do with telemedicine. If this proves to be a problem, Regional Care Center also has 31 existing oncologist locations throughout Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey for cancer patients requiring in-person care.

Public Cloud or Private Cloud

Cloud technology was once a curiosity, and now cloud platforms are becoming the norm for information technology (IT) solutions. Companies like IBM and AWS even offer Platforms as a Service (PaaS) to give companies greater control of their IT infrastructure.

Cloud platforms come in public cloud systems and private cloud systems, but public cloud platforms are by far the more popular option. The main reason that public cloud systems are more popular is that they’re more affordable than private clouds, and allow vendors to manage their own public clouds.

OVH Cloud is considered one of the innovators in cloud technology, and they offer a fully customizable cloud infrastructure. With their powerful public cloud platform, you can modify your infrastructure on the fly and schedule updates for deployment or automate your bug fixes.

Translator Ear Buds

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Have you ever wished you could speak or even merely decipher a foreign language? Translator earbuds won’t help you become a fluent speaker of another language, but these earbuds can translate a conversation into English. Translator earbuds are most commonly used at the United Nations where English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian are the official languages.

Human translators aren’t efficient in a conference setting where there are dignitaries from nearly 200 countries. Translator earbuds help representatives to understand their counterparts from other countries and eliminate the element of human error.

As far as we’ve come with technology, new advancements hit the market almost every day. Won’t it be fun to have this conversation again 10 years from now and see where we are then?