Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
Do Not Underestimate Technology
We must not allow ourselves to underestimate technology. As humans we have come a long way. We might think we have discovered just about everything there is to discover, that we’ve done everything that there is to do. There is no turning back in history unless by catastrophe. Technology will continue to propel us forward at light speed.
“Stone technology was developed by man about 2.5 million years ago, using stone tools, to scrape animal hides. It took about 1 million more years for man to make a stone ax. Fire was created around 1.5 million years ago.”
‘Man’s anatomy found him walking around upright 200,000 years ago, but didn’t find cloths to put on until 70,000 years ago. Ceramic pottery came about around 25,000 BC, domestication of animals 15,000 BC, the bow and sling in the ninth millennium BC. Agriculture started around 4000 BC and so did the wheel. Writing systems 3500 BC, copper, bronze salt, 2500 BC. Someone wanted to travel fast and built a chariot around 2000 BC, Iron age 1500 BC, a sun dial 800 BC, glass 500 BC and someone decided to put shoes on his horse in 300 BC. Man has been steadily developing technology for quite a long time.”
“This is just a small portion of the different periods of technological revolutions. Medieval technology, Renaissance technology, Age of Exploration, the period from the last third of the 19th century until WW1 is sometimes referred to as the Second Industrial Revolution.”
“20th century technology developed rapidly. Broad teaching and implementation of the scientific method, and increased research spending contributed to the advancement of modern science and technology. New technology improved communication and transport, thus spreading technical understanding.”
“The US National Academy of Engineering, by expert vote, established the following ranking of the most important technological developments of the 20th century:”
Water supply and Distribution
Radio and Television
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Petroleum and Petrochemical technologies
Laser and Fiber Optics
“This is why I say let’s never underestimate technology. The 21st century is just getting underway. We have quantum computers, gene therapy, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, bioengineering/biotechnology, nuclear technology, advanced materials, drones, superconductivity, memristor,alternative fuels, fuel cells, augmented reality, wearable electronics, artificial intelligence, LEDs. Solar cells, integrated circuits, wireless power devices, batteries.
The greatest tool of the 21st-century is possibly the Large Hadron Collider to help in the understanding of particle physics, particle accelerators, better neutrino detectors. Dark matter is sought in deep underground observatories like LIGO have started to detect gravitational waves.
New spaceflight and spacecraft technology like the Orion and Dragon, more capable space telescopes. The international space station, manned mission to Mars set for the 2030s. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR)”
It looks like we ain’t seen nothing yet!