How Technology Makes The Same Process Faster

Technology is not some trickery that somehow will change a process.  Technology just takes an existing process and makes it a lot faster.  Let me give you an example of sending photos of the grandkids to grandma, both in the 1980’s and today. Fundamentally, this requires 3 basic steps:

  1. Take pictures.
  2. Review the pictures and select the good ones.
  3. Get them to grandma.

Now lets compare the differences.

Take Pictures

In the 1980’s version you would need to have your camera with you, have it loaded with film then you could take pictures.  My recollection is that film was most often 24 shots so once you take 24 you had to re-load to continue.

The 2017 version, you get out your phone open the photo app and click away.

Review Pictures

The 1980’s version you have to take the film to get developed (once you finished the roll), then go pick it up when it was ready. Many of the shots you took would be bad, but you still paid to develop those.

The 2017 version, flip through the photos you just took and delete the bad ones.  You didn’t have to pay money to develop a bad picture.

Send Them To Grandma

In the 1980’s you would then have to take the good photos and mail them to grandma.  Depending upon the distance, it could take many days for them to get there.

The 2017 version, you text or email the photos. Grandma can see the photos within minutes of the time the photo was taken and comment back about how cute they are.

What Changed?

In this example, technology did not fundamentally change the process.  In both the early 80’s and today people would take pictures, select the good ones and send them to grandma. What technology accomplished was to make the process exponentially faster and more effective (no cost for developing bad pictures in 2017).

That is the power of technology, to take a process you already do as part of your life and make it much more efficient.