While most businesses outside of the IT industry have adapted new technology, there are still a few holdouts. And one cannot totally blame them. Painters, for example, create their art by using their hands. Haircuts are still being done the traditional way, by scissors and hands and the demand for great chefs has not abated. But industries like those just mentioned can benefit much more with the use of technology in other forms. Business, even for artists who profess to make their craft solely for art’s sake, can improve, expand, draw in more clients and increase their profit if they open themselves up to using technology.
Here are four fields where technology can make a noticeable impact on creation and operation:
Beauty Salons and Spas
Salons and spas will always need the core employees to attend to the clients. These staff – stylists, cosmetologists, massage therapists, manicurists, aestheticians and assistants – is essential to the business but other services will be improved, simplified and systematized with technology. Marketing through social media, a systematic booking for appointments, recording of clients’ history, inventory of supplies and staff training are done with the computer.
A very significant benefit that technology provides are the style apps where the client can look at images for making a choice and eliminating miscommunication between staff and client. There is also a feature that allows the client to see “before” and “after” results. Aside from providing a selection through images, these apps give the salon staff and clients updates on the latest trends in fashion, hair and makeup.
Human intervention in relationship psychotherapy is essential since problems in marriage and intimate unions differ with each couple. The causes, behaviors and coping mechanisms displayed by each partner cannot be addressed by a computer or robot. But when face to face counseling is not possible at all times, video talks, chats, e-books and emails can substitute for sessions.
Other reasons for developing computerized psychotherapy are to reach a wider audience, to make treatment available to people who cannot afford to go to marriage counseling, and to reach out to couples who want privacy for their therapies. If technology can help partners fix their relationships in ways that traditional counseling cannot offer, couples won’t need a lawyer for other less desirable options.
The Art of Painting
Traditional painting produced Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and other famous painters who created masterpieces by hand. Up close, one can see the hues, intensity, texture and saturation that digital art cannot equal. Aspiring painters today do not have to spend hours perfecting their techniques when so many computer-created tools are available at the click of a button, to the chagrin of the traditional artists who acquired their skills painstakingly. This is a gap that is unbridgeable even by hi-tech inventions.
A significant role of technology in the art of painting is to introduce the works of arts to the global public who will not have a chance to view them otherwise. By digitizing the paintings of the masters during the Renaissance period, the 18th and 19th century and the modern and contemporary eras and making them viewable through the internet, the youth will be inspired and challenged to produce their own creations instead of relying on Photoshop or other editing tools. Enabling people to view art in their homes broadens their horizons and exposes them to the different eras and cultures. It plays on human perspectives and emotions in a positive way and enhances the quality of living.
Pharmacies have been using technology for their management systems for patients’ medication records, in dispensing of drugs and for ordering and stock inventories. These have reduced errors in dispensing and improved patient safety while maximizing the benefits of their medicines. But many functions in pharmacy programs remain underutilized.
In England for example, the government’s National Health Service has made available the Electronic Prescription Service which enables electronic prescriptions from doctors and other prescribers to be transmitted to the patient’s pharmacy of choice. This technology greatly decreases the percent of error in reading and dispensing drugs, saves time on both ends by eliminating the printing of prescriptions and doctors signing.