With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to reflect on what we’re thankful for. At BSA, our first answer is always software. We never cease to be amazed by how software improves our lives, both on a personal level and as a global community.
One of the most impactful ways software helps others is by making everyday life more accessible.
- Ian Mackay is an outdoor enthusiast who was paralyzed from the shoulders down after a bicycling crash in 2008. Using Apple’s Switch Control software, Mackay can operate his iPhone hands-free using a switch near his mouth to navigate the GPS or call someone for help. This feature gave him the confidence to explore trails independently again.
- Microsoft’s Seeing AI project uses an AI camera app and cloud computing to tell visually impaired users about their surroundings. For example, if a user takes a picture of her friend, the app describes the friend’s appearance, facial expression, gender, age, and distance from the camera.
Software also drives positive changes on a global scale, by helping us tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.
- More than half of the wells in sub-Saharan Africa fail after only a few years, causing a water shortage for rural communities. IBM is using the Internet of Things to confront this problem. By connecting sensors to the wells and tracking groundwater, weather data, and each well’s popularity, they can evaluate wells in real-time and save them before they fail.
- A pharmaceutical company in Salt Lake City is working to discover new treatments for 100 genetic diseases by 2025. To do so, researchers rely on Splunk machine learning software to analyze data from tens of thousands of cell cultures and trillions of DNA strands, leading to faster results.
- Many UK water companies are changing their wastewater treatment standards to protect ecosystems and the wildlife living there. ANSYS simulation software lets them cost-effectively and quickly design new eco-friendly treatment plants.
These are just a few examples of software changing and improving our lives, in ways big and small. I encourage you to share how software impacts you and your loved ones using #ThankfulForSoftware on social media, and follow us for even more inspiring stories.
Happy Thanksgiving from BSA!