Modern automation speeds up manufacturing and makes it possible to get more work done in less time with fewer personnel. Computers and information technology have enabled an unprecedented level of access to knowledge. Transportation technology has reduced the time it takes to travel from one place to another.
The British Library discusses the effects that industrialization has had on the many facets of society. Farming technology such as tractors and processors makes it possible for a relatively small number of farmers to produce the food that feeds the rest of the human population. Industrial technology has a similar effect on consumer goods. Automated assembly lines mean that few workers are needed to produce immense quantities of finished goods at a rapid rate.
Technology has also streamlined transportation. The automobile and the airplane make it possible to travel in hours to a place that may have taken months to reach in the past.
Medicine has benefited from technology, too. Medical equipment such as X-ray machines and lasers improve the accuracy with which health care providers can diagnose ailments and perform life-saving procedures.
Technology has caused an explosion in human communication. People are able to communicate instantaneously through telephones or the Internet. Computers make it possible to quickly perform complex mathematical operations, store enormous amounts of data and share this information across the globe.