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While some people view technology as a promise and others see it as a threat, one thing is certain, technology is influencing nearly every area of human life. Technology is a tool that we can use to improve everything around us. It’s powerful, and it’s up to us to use it wisely.

It’s difficult to even remember the world we used to live in before. In the past, you would need to use a phone booth to make a call when you weren’t at home or in the office. Today, you just need to pull a cell phone out of your pocket. In the past, you would need to send a letter via the post office to communicate a written message. Today, you can send a written message almost instantly through texting or email.

Due to the rise in technology, we now have to deal with things that we didn’t before. Vaping is often being used to replace cigarette smoking. Driverless cars will eventually keep us safer on the road. And data security for our digital information will keep our information safer, especially when it is compared to locking up our paperwork in file cabinets.

Let’s take a closer look at how we can derive positive benefits from these three emerging technologies.

Is Vaping a Safer Way of Smoking?

An e-cigarette, or an electronic cigarette, is an electronic device to puff on like a cigarette. Although it’s not as dashing to dangle between your fingers (the way smoking is often portrayed in movies), it certainly simulates the feeling one has when smoking tobacco.

Puffing on an e-cigarette is referred to as vaping because it works by warming up a liquid that generates a vapor. Inhaling this vapor provides the same psychological and physiological satisfaction as smoking a regular cigarette. Some users even claim it provides more satisfaction because the best e liquid will provide a better flavor than a tobacco cigarette ever could.

Still, the main reason why people are turning to vaping is not because it offers an equivalent or superior smoking experience. It is because e-cigarettes are a safer way to smoke. These electronic devices cut out the carbon monoxide and tar present in tobacco cigarettes.

Will Driverless Cars Make Transportation Safer?

A driverless car, also called a self-driving or autonomous car, is a vehicle that does not need a human being to drive it. It can sense its environment and navigate a road without input from its human occupants. Loaded with sensors, it perceives its environment and navigates its way across roads through computer vision, laser light, radar, odometry, and GPS.

Although sometimes ridiculed in the press because it cannot yet drive as well as a human being, this technology shows increasing promise. When it has been perfected, it will reduce accidents because it will not suffer from the same limitations that human drivers succumb to when driving—impulsiveness, sleepiness, distractibility, substance abuse, illness, and difficulty seeing in stormy or hazy weather.

Does Data Security Protect Our Information Better?

Data digital storage is far superior to paper-based storage because it’s possible to store more information in less space and it’s easier to access this information as well as distribute it. Unfortunately, this data is not free from predatory influencers like unauthorized users and cyber attacks. For this reason, data security is necessary. This consists of hardware and software precautions to protect digital data from destructive forces.

Due to the threat that data can be stolen, many business owners often have a sentimental attachment to paper documents, nostalgically recalling the good old days when they could lock up manila folders in cabinets and even lock the rooms where their most sensitive documents were kept. In truth, this feeling of greater security is a myth. It’s not rooted in reality. Paper records are not inherently safer than electronic records. In fact, electronic records may be safer since digital information can not only be easily duplicated but also encrypted…so that even if sensitive information is physically or electronically stolen, it is still protected.

Vaping, driverless cars, and data security all have one thing in common: they replace old systems with a superior version that does the same thing. Vaping is safer and possibly more satisfying than cigarette smoking. Driverless cars will offer us safer transportation. Finally, data security allows us to use the superior medium of digital technology to store records and communicate ideas.