In the past, technology and nature often found themselves on conflicting sides. Forests were brought down because of the industrialization and urbanization, and the modern generation are more likely to turn towards their monitors than towards the outdoors. Today, however, the tables are turned and wildlife and technology can work hand in hand towards making a better future. Here are just a few examples of how this is supposed to work.
If there is one thing everyone can agree upon, it is that 2016 is the year of augmented reality. Seeing our world in a different light with the help of our smartphone has been a smart experience, but now it can even be a rewarding one. Sure, it doesn’t take a PhD in botany in order to enjoy nature around us, but sometimes one must wonder what exactly is going on around us. Luckily, with 4G connection and a smartphone, you can easily look for answers and therefore get some more insight into the world that surrounds you.
Apart from this, there is also a plethora of applications meant specifically to help you learn more about nature. A perfect example of this is a garden answers app, that helps you identify over 20,000 plants and provides you with immediate information about them. This digital tool is great for both passionate gardeners and those who just want to enhance their experiencing the nature.
While a lot of people worry about those who turn away from nature, in reality, those who give it a wrong kind of attention are a much bigger problem. Numerous endangered species are now forced to live in restricted areas where their lives are in great danger. Not only are they an easy prey to poachers, but they can also be endangered by careless campers not tending properly to their campfire. All in all, rangers and groundkeepers are unable to monitor parks of nature 24/7, but luckily, technology steps in once more. Wireless trail cameras protect wildlife in the way human eye never could. Not only do they detect a hazardous activity, but their presence alone often serves as a deterrent.
Future is Bright
Even though nothing can replace a personal touch, numerous TV shows and documentaries reveal parts of nature we would never reach in person. Let’s be honest, even those who often travel cannot be everywhere at once and some hidden gems of the deepest wilderness are off limits to tourists. Seeing these landscapes through the screen of our smartphone or monitor can on its own be quite amazing. Sure, it is never the same, but it’s at least something. Finally, with the latest improvements in the field of VR, it probably won’t be long until every household can fit the entire Amazon rainforest in their living room. This can make any region of the world only a click away, which is a notion you simply cannot put a price tag on.
Not only can technology and wildlife live in harmony, but together they have a potential to create a truly powerful symbiosis. Technology can help preserve nature, bring it closer to our homes and help us understand it. On the other hand, nature continues to be a continuous source of inspiration for some of the greatest tech-inventors of our generation. What a time to be alive!
Dan Radak is a marketing professional with ten years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of digital marketing, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.