Specific advantages of technology vary by industry, but technological advances generally improve efficiency, effectiveness and affordability of an operation or project. In business, technology allows companies to improve profitability. In education, learning opportunities are greater. In health care, technology contributes to improved quality and efficiency of treatment.
Businesses use technology to improve the overall quality and performance of goods. These improvements make goods more desirable for consumers and business buyers. Also, companies have used technology to automate processes once performed manually. Automation leads to cost-reductions as well as greater precision in mass production.
Technology allows educators more ways to instruct students. Audiovisual tools, including computers, presentation software and sound equipment contribute to learning and retention. The Internet and other technologies contributed to the rise in online education as of 2014. More students have access to education with the ability to complete work from home.
Technological devices improve efficiency and accuracy in medical surgeries. Less-invasive procedures also mitigate the pain patients feel and reduce the recovery times.
Another general advantage of technology is that it offers greater access to global communication. With electronic mail, for instance, family and friends and can stay in touch even when separated by hundreds or thousands of miles.