This Month in Technology

Let’s take a look at what’s been going on this month in the field of technology

Predator Free

New Zealand has a lot of biodiversity and because of this, we are hoping to protect the native species and help eliminate the non-native damaging predators. Animals such as possums, rats and stoats should all be eradicated by 2050. This is obviously a huge task so the government has requested the aid of private companies who have new technology to help with detection and eradication. The project has wide public support and the main concern is to make sure that the cost remains competitive. Although this is a positive step forward, it is still a major task to undertake. For example, the eradication of possums has been a project for some time now, but there are still thirty million possums residing in New Zealand’s lands as many of them are in remote, hard to access regions. 

Genetically Modified Food

It doesn’t matter which part of the globe you live in, genetically modified food is always going to be a contentious subject. The long-term effects are still not known but as with any technological advancement, there are positive and negatives. The technology of genetically modified food is here to stay as we are in a position to be able to produce food with a longer seasonal window and in some cases, make particular items bigger, juicer and tastier than their original form. However, on the flip side of this, as we have mentioned above, the long term exposure that we have with genetically modified food has not given us enough evidence to suggest it is safe. Likewise, there is nothing to suggest that it is not safe, it’s just that a great many of us believe that if you are interfering with something natural, then it could make it unsafe. 

TV Technology

New Zealand has always prided itself in keeping up with technologically advanced entertainment systems. Whether it’s freeview hd or satellite television, the technology firms in New Zealand always strived to make sure that we get the best quality available. Many providers of television technology will also advise you on ensuring your home tv antenna is capable of receiving the best digital broadcasts. New Zealand has also made sure that even those living in rural areas don’t suffer from broadcasting black holes. Rural internet providers are able to use streaming technology to pass TV receptions via the internet. Finally, cloud computing is something that inner-city New Zealanders have become accustomed to, but getting this technology spread further afield to rural communities is something that New Zealand is continuing to do. 

Taxis – The New Zealand Way

When you think of taxis, the image that most of us conjure up is a vehicle that can be hired to take you to a destination without the hassle of having to park your own vehicle. However, here in New Zealand when we refer to taxis we could be referring to a flying taxi. As New Zealand is such a vast country, flying from location to location is often quicker and more efficient than going by road. So, New Zealand is now testing flying taxis and soon we could be seeing flying cars around our cities. New Zealand could be the first in the world to introduce a flying taxi service that has the benefits of a car yet the speed of an aircraft. As the aircraft is electrically powered and self-piloting, there is no need to of course employ a pilot and the emissions produced will be minimal. 

Hydrogen Powered Car

Hyundai has made plans to introduce and unveil its first hydrogen-powered SUV.There could however still be some time to wait before we see it on New Zealand’s roads. As the vehicle is hydrogen-powered, the pollutants are only water and clean air. The world really has to reduce its emissions and this is a good step forward in helping it to reduce carbon emissions. Research has suggested that the water that’s emitted from these hydrogen-powered vehicles is clean enough to support aquatic life. 

5G Technology

Since the advent of smartphones, we have been driven by the need for smart technology. In times gone by, the amount of data that we had on our smart devices was limited. The Internet speed that was provided by mobile phone companies was a relatively slow 3G network. As soon as 4G was introduced, most of noticed a massive difference in the speed between the two. This meant that our data allowances were being used much quicker as 4G was able to munch through our data at a quicker speed. To counteract this, mobile phone providers started to give larger data allowance and in some cases, unlimited data allowances so that customers could use the internet without the fear of running out of data. Now in 2019, 5G technology is upon us. This means even quicker Internet speeds, which means we will now be able to stream on our mobiles and it will be just like using a home broadband connection. At the moment, most phones are not 5G compatible, but most of the large phone manufacturers are introducing devices that will be able to take on this new technology. 

Mining 

A report has been published stating that over the next 5 years the mining industry will change beyond recognition, as 77% of mining jobs will be affected by technological advancements. These advancements will not only affect jobs. They will also increase mining productivity by 23%. These kinds of advances cannot be ignored and although some would argue that the effect on jobs would be dramatic, a 23% increase in production cannot be ignored. Many jobs will be re-developed so the loss of jobs will not be so dramatic, however, the jobs that were traditionally present will soon be a thing of the past. 

There have been a number of technological advances this month that will make our lives easier or even more environmentally friendly.

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