When It Comes To Technology, Sometimes We Have To Focus On The Little Things

Smart phones, smart homes, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, the internet of things, robots, and autonomous cars. All of these things sound pretty cool right? And they are. But as much as we are fascinated with all of the amazing technologies that are coming our way, we often overlook the little things, the basics that make all of these technological advances possible. The steady WiFi connection, functioning power supplies, docking stations that actually dock, printers that print, and routers that actually connect to WiFi. Without many of these basic things that we take for granted today, none of these “cool” technologies can function. If you have a smart home that all of a sudden can’t connect to WiFi then it becomes a dumb home. If you’re robot doesn’t get charged and loses power, then it becomes just a mannequin. The simple act of taking a step back to consider what makes all of these emerging technologies actually work, will make you appreciate where we are and how much farther we have to go.

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Jacob Morgan is a speaker, author and cofounder of The Future of Work Community. Subscribe to his newsletter or visit TheFutureOrganization.

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