Communication is all important between family members, especially when some of them are away from home. Modern technology makes it easy for people to communicate even when they are in different parts of the world. Today we’ll meet a family and learn how China’s advances in communication have affected their life over the last two decades. The ability to access specific computer services and files from anywhere in the world has changed the way we rely on computers. Instead of installing a variety of software products on your PC, for example, cloud computing allows you to access all the same features at a lower cost over the internet and on the device of your choice. Incredibly, the idea as it stands today was first postulated in 1969 by JCR Licklider, who helped develop Arpanet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) and the first working internet.
How is it changing lives?
While cloud computing has taken time to start achieving the ideals as suggested by Licklider, it has really spread its wings over the past few years as availability in bandwidth and product have given it the boost it needed. Higher bandwidth capabilities have meant that when you access the cloud, you are able to work seamlessly with your chosen software without lengthy delays or problems. What makes this technology so remarkable is that it can be accessed from any location in the world, as long as there is an internet connection. This makes working remotely (like by the sea, for example!) much easier – and it’s decreasing the need for traditional brick-and-mortar offices.
Cloud computing is now mainstream within the business world but it’s also used on a personal level. Products such as Dropbox, iCloud or Google Drive mean you can store your personal files and information securely online to be accessed and shared at your convenience. You can upload photographs of your child’s birthday party taking place in England and your extended relatives in Tibet can see them instantly. It’s just one more technology that makes our huge world seem so much smaller.