Computers are fascinating and have truly evolved over the years.
The first desktop computer was created by IBM in 1981, and since then we have experienced the internet, social media, live chats, chat apps, video conferencing, face time, and further expansions to GPS’s in cars, micro-chips in Sport / Fitness Watches, and even now a days a Smartphone is like a mini computer. Take your computer on the go with internet. Anywhere there is internet and Wi-Fi the world open ups, and remote working and tele-conferencing is possible.
I remember my first computer, where I had a super large monitor in monochrome. No color, and the only internet was a dial-up which had a very long loud sound when connecting and speed wasn’t very good. Computers in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s were so big and so slow. The only outside storage was a 3.5’ floppy drive and very limited space internally. Now we have MicroSD cards, USB options and external hard drives for added storage capacities.
1981-82 seemed to be the existence of IBM where they introduced the personal computer, and people were only using them in larger corporations. Soon however, many homes started to obtain the Apple Computer – Macintosh, 1984 and the PC, 1982-1986. I remember my first Word program, was called WordPerfect, and MS-DOS as the main operating system. Playing games was so fun on the Atari computer and by 1985, Nintendo created Super Mario Bros. and Pac-Man was born. Two of my favorite games, even a few years ago playing with my young nephews, they loved it.
Other significant computer changes brought about by 1989, the first AOL, with internet, dial-up ISP called “TheWorld” and electronic mail. By 1991 the first World Wide Web site was born. For someone who loves technology and computers, I have always used and experienced first hand the latest technology, so have had a number of computers both at home, and through various businesses where I worked. As a programmer, I also self-taught myself where I could create graphics and images directly on this big and chunky monochrome monitor. In later years, I even built computers from the ground up, and inserted hard drives & processors to create an amazing box that was used daily.
Where would we be without computers? Technology runs our lives from Smartphones, Tablets, and Computers – we really can’t seem to function without them. For the last 3 decades, computers have been recognized as the most life changing and successful invention in human life. It is difficult to survive any business without adopting some sort of computer usage either directly or indirectly in the modern world. Computers offer a wide variety of options, and have certainly come a long way.
After owning a web & print media business for over 14 years, called Focus One Design (http://FocusOneDesign.ca) = my main computer is now a HP Business Elite Envy computer running a super fast processor of Intel’s i-7:6000 with a paper thin monitor, 24’. With other gadgets and smartphones, it is fascinating to both witness the ever changing technology, as well as using these amazing intelligent systems.
By desktop PC’s, faster processors, and up to date programs a truly remarkable computer is used multiple times through out the day for multiple functions. From organizations large and small, to personal businesses, to Hospitals and Medical clinics around the world, Computers are a big part of every day life.
In Health Care, computers are used daily by health practitioners to record patient information and make better and more accurate diagnosis. Nurses also use technology to perform routine health checks on any patient from EKGs, oxygen levels and checking blood pressure.
From my present and past experience in medical clinics, hospitals and with physiotherapy, not only are EHR systems widely used, but also the main computer. This opens up possibilities of having each physician to fully focus and concentrate on the patient at hand, providing the best quality care possible. In the next century, computers will only get better and better and will increase productivity, offer a world of network opportunities, store a vast amount of patient information, help sort and stay organized, and keep any medical person connected.
Research proves that some say that computers will surpass human intelligence, a computer may even become a robot, and will put people out of work, where robots will eventually take over the world. In healthcare, a robot may not be such a bad thing, as it would give the medical practitioner more time to spend with his/her patients on an individual basis, without running to a computer to report something, check something, or record a patient record. Leave that to the Robots.
Robotic technologies appear in many areas that directly affect patient care. They can be used to disinfect patient rooms, they work in labs to take samples and to transport important samples or records. Will Robots truly effect human intelligence in the future? In terms of taking over jobs that humans do?
Most hospitals and medical clinics only have a small amount of funds to go around, so they simply cannot afford the technology. But, even though technology is expensive, and expansive – in the future, it is amazing to see what technology can do and what can be implemented – the use or Robots is changing healthcare and in ways we can only imagine….
Copyright: Karen Orman