Tech has become so advanced so fast that the integrated circuit has already increased its improvement by billion-fold over the past 40 years. Sometimes the changes are huge and quick people can hardly keep up. They also lead to a lot of confusion and wrong assumptions.
Learn some of the common misbeliefs about popular types of tech these days and the facts:
1. NFCs are RFIDs.
One of the most popular types of tech used by UK businesses is near-field communication (NFC). It is a product now offered by the likes of nfcdirect.co.uk.
NFCs work based on a radio-wave frequency, so it’s easy to confuse it with the RFIDs. The truth is it is a special kind of high-frequency passive RFID, which means it doesn’t have any power but operates through electromagnetism.
But it is not the same in the fact it promotes device communication. It then allows for easy sharing of information (peer to peer) or cashless payments. Moreover, it requires a much closer distance than an active RFID, which can operate at about 100 metres.
2. Robots are about to take over the world.
Granted, robots and automation may displace more than 800 million workers by 2030, but the level of vulnerability is not the same. For example, jobs that are more routine or require less education such as food preparation or service may be the most at risk.
Developing countries such as India may have an adoption rate of only 9 per cent simply because many businesses cannot afford automation.
Experts also believe that while it “kills” certain jobs, it also introduces new ones. Those who can adopt can also look forward to higher salaries are the skills become more sophisticated, advanced, or complex.
3. Internet of Things is synonymous with home automation.
The terms “Internet of things (IoT)” and “home automation” have been used closely together frequently people tend to mistake one over the other. These are two different concepts.
IoT refers to the Internet connection of devices, whether mechanical or electrical. Each of the devices comes with unique identifiers so they can communicate including exchanging and sharing of data seamlessly.
Home automation, meanwhile, is the process of controlling and improving the efficiency of household devices, including lighting and appliances, using IoT.
By correcting some of the falsehoods, you will understand the changes in tech better and appreciate them more.