Where have we been in the history of technology? We are the first to be able to harness and use the power of electricity to power our houses, the first to be able to create and fly an airplane, the first to have the power to do so many things. Many have moved ahead technologically with the advancement of technology.
The history of this technological advance is that we began with paper in 1776 and in all of the other milestones to modern civilization, the one thing we have had in common is the use of technology to make our lives easier and more convenient. In those days, though, people were content to sit around in their houses and to work in their farms. The technology of the day was not as advanced as it is today. People just knew that they could continue doing what they did to produce a decent living, without having to think about, much less deal with, technology.
As time went on, people became more able to get by without the help of technology, until the early 1970’s when the invention of the personal computer, which was housed in your desk, was introduced. People were amazed at how easy it was to do the things they needed to do with computers, even though they had never heard of computers before. People learned how to send and receive faxes, use computers to send and receive emails, use an online catalog for finding the latest products available, and to purchase them.
But people were even more amazed by the use of computers in the business world. Computers were used to manage accounting information, to create and send out memos, to put together contracts, to conduct research projects, and to run a business. In fact, with computers taking on more positions in the business world, it was becoming very obvious that technology was finally taking hold in the way of modern civilization.
What happened next? Where did the technological advancements stop? It is hard to say, because it does not appear that any advancement came to a standstill or stopped, although the one thing that seemed to be constant was the explosion of different types of technology.
Between 1970 and 2020, our population exploded from fifty-four million to two hundred and sixty-eight million. Now we are a nation of some four hundred and seventy million. Technology progressed tremendously during this period of time, and our homes have become bigger, and our transportation more efficient, yet the pace of technology advancement slowed significantly.
Technology has also become a part of our busy lifestyle. Computers allow us to spend more time on our computers, as well as far away from our homes.
So why, then, does technology seem to progress so slowly? Some have suggested that advances in technology are a slow process, and that technological advancement must first be built on and built upon before it can be considered complete. While this may be true for the past, it is very difficult to justify this theory today.
In the first place, technological progress has indeed begun on the spur of the moment. The printing press and the steam engine made so many things possible. While these were the first to take off, it would be quite difficult to argue that they did not take place at a much faster rate than modern advances.
Technological advancements may be slower than the more simple advancements in technology. It is hard to predict exactly when the next breakthrough will come, but we know that we are seeing significant advances in many areas. The timescale seems to be in the teens, but we are constantly moving ahead.