Technology has changed human existence by extending life spans, improving communication, simplifying manufacturing and improving transportation. The Internet is one of the largest forces driving technology, as of 2014.
Internet use has increased exponentially since its inception due to personal computers and smartphones, which have made global communication accessible to billions. The Internet also improved travel with online access to maps and things like WiFi-enabled kiosks in New York City subway stations. Online banking allows individuals to purchase goods and services with their phones or computers. Organ transplants, genetic engineering and other biotechnology have increased fertility and the human life span. Additionally, technologies like 3-D printing and artificial intelligence have increased individual independence.