Some people are of the opinion that the development of technology should be unrestricted and that humans should constantly adjust to emerging devices, whereas others believe that new technologies should only be developed according to existing human need and ability. This essay advocates the latter opinion since new devices will be ignored by the masses if they are not user-friendly; I will support the argument by exploring well-known examples of iPhones and software which both have friendly interfaces adjusted to the human hand for intuitive use and functionality, encouraging intellectual development.
Successful technology should be designed to accommodate people’s abilities. Even the most novel ideas can be popularised given that they are user-friendly. For example, according to Steve Jobs, the popularity of the iPhone was the result of the intuitive interface that is sensitive to finger movements which allows a user immediate access to a variety of useful functions, including browsing the Internet. Therefore, it is much more important for technological developments to be adjusted to human abilities rather than create difficulties concerning usability, lest new inventions go unadopted.
Despite the fact that the digital technology era has simplified some difficult intellectual tasks, it provides even more means for people to utilise their mental abilities. Modern software, for instance, comprises of tools which can be used in order to train logical thinking and memory in children; similar benefits are also observed in older age. A recent study conducted by the Australian Medical Association shows that people over 70 who play computer games using virtual reality glasses maintain their short term memory and processing skills longer than those who do not employ the PC for any tasks. Thus, it is clear that technologies are not detrimental but rather beneficial for fostering cognitive development.
It can be concluded that ideal technologies should be adjusted to consumers’ needs without creating problems in their usage and it is agreed that developments in the digital world offer tools which can expand the intellectual potential rather than confine it.
The bar chart provides information on the predicted number of visitors from Mexico, Canada and the USA in 2018 to four capital cities in Europe, namely London, Paris, Madrid and Istanbul.
As can be seen from the chart, travellers from the USA will be most active with the highest number of visitors Paris. The least total number of visitors to Europe is expected to come from Mexico, and the half of them are projected to travel to Madrid.
In 2018, there are thought to be 100,000 people from the USA who will visit Paris. London will attract 80,000 Americans, whereas Madrid and Istanbul will welcome 70 and 60 thousand respectively. In contrast, Istanbul will be the most popular attraction for tourists originating from Canada (70,000), followed by the other destinations receiving between 30,000 and 50,000 Canadian travellers. The lowest predicted number of tourists to London, Paris and Istanbul will arrive from Mexico, although they will show more interest in visiting Madrid (about 60,000).