The Next Generation of Technology Looks Surprisingly Human
If you work in tech and you grew up in the 80s and 90s, you probably played your fair share of video games. And if you are like most gamers of that generation, your parents probably told you that video games will rot your brain!
Join the club.
This sentiment, shared by many well-meaning parents, is one in a long line of myths we were all fed between the 80s and 2000s. When the iPhone came out, numerous reporters pontificated that smartphones were making us dumb and during the social media boom, talking heads assured us that social media was making us less social. The list goes on.
But time is always the great equalizer.
For example, you’ll find numerous studies today that support the idea that playing video games actually makes people smarter and better at problem solving. In fact, yesterday’s gamers are some of today’s best engineers! Opposite from “making us stupider,” iPhones and their thousands of apps have installed new “software” in our brains which have led to tremendous creativity across the board. If you want proof of that, take a look at what the average teenager can do on LightTricks.
And most impressive is the way technology has made us more human. Mom and dad never saw that one coming!
Social media, for instance, not only keeps us connected with high school classmates we would have lost touch with long ago – it has given us access to human stories from all over the globe, opening our eyes to the viewpoints of people from all walks of life.
The convergence of once feared innovations like this have also given rise to the sharing economy or the “gig” economy, which is allowing people to live the way they want to. Millions of people are ditching corporate job and living a free-flowing existence by driving an car, renting a room, or freelancing. Not only does this give new meaning to work / life balance, it allows individuals to connect with other individuals. If you’ve ever had a great conversation with your Uber driver or become friends with your AirBnB host, you know exactly what I mean.
When used correctly, technology makes us more human.
One of the biggest reasons I love my job as a Chief Technical Officer of Yapstone is that I get to work with talented engineers that shape how people live, work, and play. There is nothing better than dreaming up big ideas and setting a plan to execute and at Yapstone, this is a constant.
Yapstone is a strong supporter of using technology to promote human interaction. We have invested heavily in maturing our platform and processes, starting from modern APIs, underlying micro services based platform, scalable NoSQL databases, and big data platforms - all enabled on the cloud to support any customer anytime/anywhere. We process payments and evaluate trust in real-time for some of the largest global marketplaces, empowering strangers from all around the world to transact through the sharing economy and we take this responsibility very seriously. The promise of trust (and following though it, responsibly) is allowing shared economies to thrive and empowering businesses to innovate and deliver more value to mankind.