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This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.

 

这里是VOA慢速英语科技报道。

 

As the year comes to an end, we talk about some of the top technology developments of the last ten years. The technological revolution is changing the way we work and play.


这一年快要结束的时候,让我们来谈一下过去十年中的顶尖科技发展。科技革命正在改变我们的工作和娱乐方式。

 

Mobile phones became smart phones, with abilities like computers. Many people started reading books on electronic readers. Televisions became high definition and the screens became flat. Digital music players got smaller in size but large enough for people to download their entire music collections.


手机成为智能手机,可以拥有跟电脑一样的功能。许多人开始使用电子阅读器读书。电视变得高度清晰,电视屏幕也变成平板的了。数字音乐播放器变得更小了,但是储存量却大到足以容许人们下载他们喜欢的歌曲。

 

Worldwide, broadband subscriptions passed five hundred million. And at least two billion people are expected to be online by the end of this year.


世界范围内,宽带用户超过5亿。还有至少20亿人今年年底有望联网。

 

Stephen Baker is the vice president of industry analysis for the consumer electronics market research group NPD. He says the technological developments of the twenty-first century have brought about some historic advances in consumer electronics.


消费电子产品市场研究机构NPD的产业分析副总裁Stephen Baker称21世纪的科技发展为消费电子产品带来历史性的进步。

 

STEPHEN BAKER: "Ten years ago is irrelevant in consumer electronics. Ten years ago might as well be a hundred years. Certainly if you look back at the way people interacted with electronics in two thousand and the way they interact with them today, there is no comparison.


STEPHEN BAKE:“十年前(人们的生活)与消费性电子产品无关。十年前就像一百年前一样。如果你回顾一下人们在2000年与电子产品的相互作用,再看看今天,根本没法比。”

 

"Ten years ago we didn't have flat-panel televisions. We really didn't have mobile Web devices or smartphones. We didn't have e-book readers. Very, very few consumers had notebook computers. There was no Wi-Fi. Just not even a similar experience to what the world was like ten years ago."


“十年前,我们跟本没有平板电视,也没有移动网络或者智能手机,更没有电子阅读器。拥有笔记本电脑的用户更是少之又少。没有无线上网技术。可以说十年前就连一件类似这样的东西也没有。”

 

Bruce Bachenheimer is with the MIT Enterprise Forum in New York. He is also the director of entrepreneurship at Pace University. We spoke with him about what he believes are the most important developments of the twenty-first century.


Bruce Bachenheimer是纽约麻省理工大学企业论坛成员,也是佩斯大学企业管理系主任。我们和他讨论了他所认为的21世纪最重要的发明。

 

BRUCE BACHENHEIMER: "If I were looking at technology that has really impacted us over the last ten years, I would go in order: mobile computing, the proliferation of digital media content, broadband -- mobile and at-home access -- social media platforms and user-generated content, cloud computing, digital photography and GPS. And what I mean by GPS is GPS for the masses, although global positioning systems have been around for quite a while."


BRUCE BACHENHEIMER:“如果让我考虑过去十年间对我们真正有影响的科技,我会这样排序:移动计算技术,数字媒体内容,宽带——包括移动宽带和家用宽带,社交媒体平台和用户原创内容,云计算技术,数字影像和GPS全球定位系统。我说的GPS是大众使用的GPS,虽然GPS已经存在多年。”

 

Mr. Bachenheimer says all of these things have worked together to revolutionize technology. And, he says the technology is constantly changing, faster than at any other time in history.


Bachenheimer称所有的这些产品共同作用,革新了科技。同时他也表示,科技是不断地在更新,并且更新速度超过历史上其他任何时候。

 

BRUCE BACHENHEIMER: "The life cycle of these products are so much shorter. If you look at having a telephone, a home phone back in the nineteen fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, it was exactly the same phone. Nothing changed for three or four decades.


BRUCE BACHENHEIMER:“这些产品的生命周期越来越短。如果你回顾一下,在20世纪50年代,60年代,70年代和80年代分别有一部手机和一部家用电话,那他们几乎是一样的,三四十年间没什么变化。”

 

"Basically you had a choice of three colors, tan, white or black. And you could either have it mounted on a wall or on a table top, whereas now you look at something like a cell phone. How many people have a cell phone that's more than a year or two old?"


“那些电话基本上就有三种颜色:棕褐色、白色和黑色。你可以把它安装在墙上或者在桌面上。然而,看看今天的手机。有几个人的手机上市时间超过一两年?”

A Whole New World for How We Interact With Gadgets


This is theVOA Special English Technology Report.


As the year comes to an end, we talk about some of the top technology developments of the last ten years. The technological revolution is changing the way we work and play.


Mobile phones became smartphones, with abilities like computers. Many people started reading books on electronic readers. Televisions became high definition and the screens became flat. Digital music players got smaller in size but large enough for people to download their entire music collections.


Worldwide, broadband subscriptions passed five hundred million. And at least two billion people are expected to be online by the end of this year.


Stephen Baker is the vice president of industry analysis for the consumer electronics market research group NPD. He says the technological developments of the twenty-first century have brought about some historic advances in consumer electronics.


STEPHEN BAKER: "Ten years ago is irrelevant in consumer electronics. Ten years ago might as well be a hundred years. Certainly if you look back at the way people interacted with electronics in two thousand and the way they interact with them today, there is no comparison.


"Ten years ago we didn't have flat-panel televisions. We really didn't have mobile Web devices or smartphones. We didn't have e-book readers. Very, very few consumers had notebook computers. There was no Wi-Fi. Just not even a similar experience to what the world was like ten years ago."


Bruce Bachenheimer is with the MIT Enterprise Forum in New York. He is also the director of entrepreneurship at Pace University. We spoke with him about what he believes are the most important developments of the twenty-first century.


BRUCE BACHENHEIMER: "If I were looking at technology that has really impacted us over the last ten years, I would go in order: mobile computing, the proliferation of digital media content, broadband -- mobile and at-home access -- social media platforms and user-generated content, cloud computing, digital photography and GPS. And what I mean by GPS is GPS for the masses, although global positioning systems have been around for quite a while."


Mr. Bachenheimer says all of these things have worked together to revolutionize technology. And, he says the technology is constantly changing, faster than at any other time in history.


BRUCE BACHENHEIMER: "The life cycle of these products are so much shorter. If you look at having a telephone, a home phone back in the nineteen fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, it was exactly the same phone. Nothing changed for three or four decades.


"Basically you had a choice of three colors, tan, white or black. And you could either have it mounted on a wall or on a table top, whereas now you look at something like a cell phone. How many people have a cell phone that's more than a year or two old?"


And that's the VOA Special English Technology Report, written by June Simms. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and iTunes at VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.


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