Who would have thought the concept of interlinking computers would reshape our lives? Within the last few decades, the Internet has revolutionized the way we conduct our daily activities. Each day there are new advancements that allow us more control.
In our previous post, we talked about how the net is allowing us to order prescriptions, work from home, pay bills, and shop to our heart’s delight. Now we’re back to bring you four more things you can do online that will change the world forever.
Investing is the most exciting development that the Internet has brought about, at least for anyone with half an interest in finances.
Access to financial institutions and opportunities in investing using apps like Betterment for 401ks or IRAs is dead simple and profitable. Money management with apps platforms like Mint has brought budgeting to everyone. Cryptocurrencies provided through platforms like Genesis Mining are reshaping investment diversity by decentralizing financial markets.
The ability to log into a bank account, check balances, transfer funds, and process payments with a few clicks is now taken for granted. We’ve now reached a point where connecting accounts to phones for mobile payment processing could eliminate our usage of hard currency and cards!
The Web was created to share information and we certainly nailed it with this one!
Before, information was locked behind barriers, whether it was having to travel to an institution or digging through a limited selection of a library. There were steps forward with information distributed on CDs and pre-installations of programs. But everything changed once that information made it online.
Now we have complete, on-demand access to unlimited information. You can find expert opinions on quite literally everything.
· Online colleges
· Free & paid courses
The Web is a wonderland for those with a thirst for knowledge.
We’ve also gained the benefit of advanced search features, AI, and machine learning, which makes access to this information lightning fast. No longer do we have to tediously search through index cards for information that’s dated; an online search will deliver that information updated in real-time!
The net has reshaped politics, from how debates are done to the actions politicians take in their campaigning. To say the net had an influence on our last election is an understatement. The rapid, volatile nature of the social Web, news cycle, and content creation can make or break a political campaign within minutes.
The net is changing politics through:
· Discovery – Learning about politicians, their stances, and records
· Organizing – Getting behind a movement and activism
· Engagement – Creating discussion and relationships with representatives
· Discussions – Bringing about heated debate that ultimately creates informed voters
It’s only a matter of time before we use the Web for voting itself. It’s coming.
Long before the net, businesses were already overseas tapping into foreign markets and labor. The Web has pulled back this veil and given the opportunity to participate in globalization for everyone.
Whether you agree it’s good or bad isn’t the point. It’s the mere fact that we’re able to influence business, politics, and social change from behind a screen that matters. We’re no longer landlocked.
The Web has bridged the gap between countries, society, and cultures. We’re more informed than ever and that has created great progress in equality throughout the world. With the net, we’ve been able to slow or eliminate many problems from poaching to human trafficking. We’ve banded together to provide access to resources that would have otherwise been behind a firewall or physical obstruction.
Amazing, isn’t it? All you need to do is log in and begin enjoying these extra benefits. Who knows what the next decade will bring to us with our advancements in Web technologies and usage. The future is wide open.