How technology has been adapted and revolutionised to serve new purposes


Technology has advanced at a staggering speed over the past couple of decades. As well as new technologies continuously entering the market, what’s most impressive is the progression and transformation of existing technologies.

There are numerous technologies available today which were once used to serve a totally different purpose. Here, we’ll look at some of these technologies and how they have been revolutionised to serve new purposes.

The internet

The internet is one of the best examples of how technology has evolved to fit different purposes. While it’s now mostly used for entertainment purposes, originally it was designed to maintain a remote communication system during the cold war. If a city was bombed and destroyed, communication would still be possible from a router in a different location.

These days we can do practically everything on the internet, from communicating to purchasing the things we need.

Phones and calling

Telephones and calling have also changed dramatically over the years. It all started with trusty landlines, enabling us to call friends, family and businesses. Then the smartphone came along and along with the internet, phone calls have been transformed. We can call anyone at any time or day. As well as standard calling, some TV shows also allow us to use our phones to place votes.

Today, phone calls can even be tracked to help businesses with their marketing strategies. Through the use of phone call tracking, marketers can see where their efforts are paying off and gain crucial information about their customers.


When television was invented, it caused a huge stir. There may have only been 1-4 channels for many years, but they have continually expanded their capabilities. Televisions today are capable of not just showing us hundreds of channels, but we can also record programmes, pause and rewind live programs, and even use them to access the internet and other subscription services.


Payments have also changed thanks to technology. Chip and pin payments were once the big thing, but now we have digital payments, and even contactless payments. Although contactless payments are currently limited to small amounts, it’s likely this will increase over time.

Similarly, the way we manage our banks has changed significantly over the years. It’s now possible to transfer money instantly, rather than having to wait 7 to 10 working days. We can also use our phones or the internet to manage our accounts.

These are just some of the way’s technology has revolutionised and adapted to serve new purposes. As time goes on, it’s more than likely we’ll see even further adaptations taking place.