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Our society is literally built on the backs of construction workers. All the world’s greatest scientific marvels and artistic achievements were only possible because our ancestors put in the hours of back-breaking labor to build shelters.

Shelter protects us from the cold and the dark. It stopped predators from attacking us in our sleep. It increased infant mortality rates and overall health and wellbeing. And with the invention of shelters, we saw many more innovations come forth to improve our quality of life even more. Indoor plumbing. Central heating. Refrigeration.

The greatest devices ever built wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the men and women who built the houses and labs they were created in. This is why today we want to take a look at the World of Construction and how technological innovation has changed and shaped it over our history. Everything from the old, yet significant inventions. To the new and modern cutting tech construction tech.

Saftey

Time was that construction was a dangerous profession. It still is, but less say today than one hundred years ago. Any major construction project is allocated a number of deaths or injuries that can occur before it is considered a problem. This is a grim, but indisputable fact that there are bound to be accidents.

But we have been seeking to minimize these accidents throughout our history. In ancient times people cared little if someone died building something. Mainly due to the fact construction was carried out by slave labor.

Nowadays, we put more value on human life. This is why modern construction workers wear a safety-focused uniform at all times. Hard Hats were one of the most significant inventions in this field. Made of a light-weight yet super resilient plastic. These hats are designed to make a significant impact and reduce the damage to the wearer. It has been proven that the introduction of hard hats reduced workplace accidents by a significant factor.

High-vis jackets are another invention that utilizes incredible tech to improve safety. They make use of cat-eye and reflective technology to be hyper-visible. Even in minimal lighting. This is important on a construction site as it can be, at times, difficult to spot a person. But their jackets make them stand out even from 100 stories up.

Efficiency

Recently I hired this concrete contractor for the project in my Florida home. They arrived and the job was done in a couple of days. I, of course, took this for granted as that is what I expected. But in the past mixing concrete was a tiresome and long procedure. Any work that needed concrete could take weeks or months. Whereas today a concrete mixer cuts the workload in half.

The tech itself is simple. An electronic spinning mechanism allows the concrete to be mixed automatically and quickly. But it just goes to show how even the simplest of tech innovations has the biggest impact on construction, and in turn our society.

This leads me to one of the greatest innovations of construction. The Crane. Cranes are not new by any means. There is proof that the ancient Egyptians used man-powered winches and cranes to build the Pyramids and other monuments. But modern cranes make use of two types of innovation to improve on this design.

Firstly, they are automated to a degree. No longer do they rely on man-power. They use technology to lift incredible weights with ease. The second is the fact they are built using modern industrial technology. This allows them to reach the highest heights imaginable. This wouldn’t have been possible in ancient times dues to the unstable nature of the materials they would use.

Planning

No construction project starts overnight. You can’t just find a plot of land, buy the materials, and dive in. There is a lot of rigorous and detailed planning that needs to occur before anyone can step on site. A lot of this planning is carried out by the architects before construction begins.

It involves a lot more than simply a creative flair and straight lines. It requires a lot of maths and scientific knowledge. A building is a sturdy, yet complex thing. Making use of a number of different materials and techniques to support the massive weight of itself.

In the past, this planning would take a long time. Mainly due to the fact that all the calculations had to be manually and checked over and over again. And then this process was repeated at the construction process as planning had to be done carefully.

Now we can make use of fantastic computers and calculators to help cut down on the calculation times. Something that could have taken a month to plan out can be done in a week or even a few days depending on the size. Gone are the days of using an abacus to sort these things out.

Another thing that we can do to help utilizes the power of simulations. These programs can perfectly simulate what the building will look like with its current specifications. It can then be given real-world physics. This lets the simulation calculate if the building will actually hold up one constructed. This can stop any potential disasters from happening further down the line and ensures construction is as safe as it can possibly be.

 

 

The challenges we faced in the health care facility in 2020 due to the pandemic situation has made an irrefutable point that we are in dire need of remodeling. Incorporation of more technology in every layer of the healthcare system to be able to reach out to individual health care needs in a vast population. In the coming decades, chronic diseases will rapidly increase. Visual Capitalist predicted that by 2030, more than 170 million Americans will suffer chronic health problems.

More people will require the assistance of a health expert for both diagnosis and treatment.  The amount of heath related data to be created during this time is incredible.  In such a scenario, the electronic medium will be necessary to store this enormous amount of health records of patients and other information. A lot is already on use. No healthcare system is complete without IT services. From Health apps, online portals to personalized medicines, everything requires the aid of Information technology. The focus now is not on immediate care of the patient but provides a long-lasting solution to the problem based on the medical history of the patient.

Below is the latest contribution of technology and how it is completely transforming the healthcare industry with new edge solutions.

Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics has made developing drugs and vaccines easy without requiring wet experiments and expensive lab facilities in the initial stage. To put it simply, if there’s a newly sequenced DNA discovered, one can match it for similarity with proteins structures contained in different organisms that are already stored in the database. This information is essential in studying the receptiveness of the species. The software built for this activity executes knowledge about both biology and computer science.

Age of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence has instilled a new way of thinking amongst us. It has been a boon to every industry including healthcare. Teaming with machine learning and robotics, AI can provide superior technological service. Yet a lot is left to discover its potential usage.

As for now, areas in a healthcare facility where Artificial Intelligence is applied are:

  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Population Health
  • Disease Management

AI can be efficiently used in the detection of malignant tumors. Research is about its potential usage in conditions like strokes, eye diseases, heart diseases, and skin cancer. Startups are coming up with AI technology for CT scans and X-rays that does the job with more accuracy. Replacement of human radiologists might affect the scope in such a career. But it equally creates a boost in the technological field for developers.

Robotics

Surgical robots are employed to assist doctors in the operating room and to perform tasks with greater accuracy than human hands. During corona alert, we have even seen robots on hospital entrances doing thermal scans on visitors which then connect the patient to a doctor via video call. This was to ensure maximum safety and maintain physical distance when physical contact isn’t necessary. According to research, the global market for robotics will stand to a whopping 25 billion dollars by 2025.

3D Printing

This is another technology that has been a game-changer in the field of medical science. These new edge printers can print medical tools, capsules, prosthetics, and even organs. Currently, its functionality lies in areas like:

  • Reconstruction of artificial bones in case of fractures
  • Prosthetic limbs for disabled and support devices for amputees
  • Polly pills are developed that can hold multiple drugs together
  • Artificial organs and tissue building outside or inside the body
  • Dentists used it to make ventilated scoliosis braces.

One can prototype and customize based on the necessity. Say an individual has to take a certain set of medicines. Instead of taking several tables, a single Polly pill containing those medicines can be taken. It is way more cost-effective and less risky than any traditional method. Many hospitals have started using it for various purposes. Often surgeons prepare artificial organs for practice before critical surgeries.

Virtual Reality

This is churning out more applications than just entertainment. It is generally seen in the gaming industry. But now it has made its path in the Healthcare industry too. Through VR, long hospital ridden patients can meet their families. The most important usage has been in the training of medical professionals. It has provided them an improved way of learning. VR is known to have psychological implications. It is used to treat post-trauma stress disorder, depression, and help people who experience a stroke. Visually impaired patients also perceive it as a blessing.

Virtual Health care

Nowadays some apps help track fitness levels and recommend nutrition. Sometimes one can also consult from multiple doctors online for free. Not many people opt for it due to various reasons like difficulty access to technology, wary about the quality of care, and so on. But the advantages outweigh the drawbacks. One is allowed to choose their convenient hour for consultation or access high-quality services which are difficult to reach physically. This saves a lot of time for both the doctors and their patients.

Boost In Job Creation

As much as traditional job roles are losing demand due to technology, all of these advancements have potentially generated new job roles in the industry. Many healthcare facilities have seen a boost in their revenue due to the incorporation of technology. This makes way for generating employment both at higher and lower positions. A substantial part of the healthcare unit will consist of Electronic devices to collect and record data and experts will be required to manage the data efficiently. The employment of technical officials in the healthcare industry is already essential. People are not only looking for physicians or nurses but data analysts, medical officers or executives, and managers.

The changes are occurring rapidly and generating plenty of new jobs. The only challenge here arrives is to find talented individuals who will be ready to take on the new multi-faceted roles where they are required to be dynamic in their approach.  Health care providers have to brush up their technical skills. New generation education needs to be more flexible on the choice of subjects as now every industry is overlapping.