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The world has produced some amazing pieces of technology. Without the amazing advancements that we have seen over the last 50 to a 100 years, we wouldn’t be where we are today. It has defined the world on a whole new level. We rely on technology for pretty much everything. Even the clothes we wear we wouldn’t now have in such great quality without the power of technology. It’s the simple things in life that we now take for granted. But as technology keeps growing and growing, our world keeps getting better and better. Some would consider it to be going downhill however. The technological era we’re in at the minute controls everything we do as stated above. Some feel that if the advancements carry on the way they are, then before we know it technology will have literally taken over the world. Whether you think that’s bad or good, we want to take you on a journey through time to explore the amazing wonders of technology. From the past, the present, and the future.
We all know that past technology had a bit of a rocky start, in the sense that there wasn’t really any. But that’s just us looking back. Back in the day any new piece of technology was a wonder to the people living in that era. Just like any new technology is a wonder to us today. Our children’s children are probably going to look back on us and think our technology is ancient. This is a pretty scary thing to think of, what does it mean future technology will be like? Let’s go way back, to a time when technology changed forever. The first big invention was in 1809. Electricity had been created, but it wasn’t usable until Humphry Davy invented the first light, back then it was a lamp. The revolutionised the world we live in today. Without the light sources we have today, we’d still be walking around with a match and candle. It’s simple little things like this that really shaped our world today. A lot of people take light for granted, but back in those days it was easily the biggest advancement of their time.
Now, let’s fast forward a little. There were so many inventions in between this time period, such as the first locomotive, the first photograph to be taken, and even the first plastic surgery operation, were all performed between the 1800’s and 1900’s. Before we move onto the 20th century creations, we need to talk about one of the biggest of all, one that has allowed so many of us to travel the world freely. Aeroplanes. Most of you will know the story about the Wright brothers. They invented the first flying aeroplane in in the late 1800’s, however, it didn’t actually have its first successful flight until 1903. But from that day forward, the aviation world was created. Not only did it help us to win the war, but it revolutionised travel as we know it. Without the Wright brothers we might have still been going everywhere by boat for a long while.
But, in the 1900’s is when the big advancements started to roll through. One of the biggest was arguably the television. Most of the nation will sit in front of the TV for hours a day, watching the crazy TV shows that have been created today. But it definitely wasn’t like that back in the old days. When the TV was first created, it was only in black and white. There were 3 TV channels, and the man of the house usually had control over what show was on the TV. At some points in the day there would be absolutely nothing on TV. But, as you well know, times soon changed. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that colour TV was first created, and it wasn’t the quality we all know today. It was very grainy, with those annoying black dots popping up all over the screen from time to time. But to them, it was one of the biggest changes of all time.
The rate at which technology is advancing at the minute is amazing. We’re living in a time where there seems to be something new being created every week. But without it, we wouldn’t really live the privileged life we do today. Everything we mentioned in the first paragraph has been amplified by the new technology we have today. Televisions are clearer, we now have private jets, and we use electricity for just about anything. One of the most amazing advancements of our time is the driverless car technology that we are using at the minute. It is only available in certain countries, and it isn’t as advanced as it is going to be in the future. But it is a massive step towards things that we never thought were going to be possible. Tesla are at the forefront of the technology, with all their models in the designated countries having the technology now. It is expensive, but it is changing the auto industry. It has saved some people’s lives, with a famous video that circulated social media showing one of the Tesla models predicting a crash, and apply the brakes to save the people in the car from being involved. However, there are obviously some improvements that need to be made. Jeremy Clarkson was nearly seriously injured in an incident with one the other week. But still, amazing technology can’t be created without a few hiccups.
From something only some people can use, to something everyone seems to be using. Social media. Social media literally controls people’s lives. It is the reason why so many people are glued to their phones each day on the many apps that exist. But without it, we also wouldn’t have the connection to the world that we do today. Most young people don’t like reading or watching the news. A lot of them would prefer to scroll through social media, and wait until the see something pop up on their timeline. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with this, although social media has helped to create a lot of the fake news that people are worried about at the minute. There are also big worries of child grooming through social media sites, especially Facebook. But the company is trying to reduce that in every way they can. A lot of parents are trying to find ways to reduce what their children can do on the platform, if you’re one of them you could try using the facebook support phone number for any queries. It is obviously worrying to parents, social media does give their children a lot of freedom in a sense. Technically, across all platforms, you’re supposed to be 16 before you can begin using them. But a lot of children are signing up from the ages of around 12. A scary age to be entering a world that they don’t really understand the dangers of.
Everyone used to think the future meant flying cars and robots. Well, we’re really not that far off. The future of technology is looking incredible, but at the same time rather scary. The first thing we’re going to talk about is robots. Yes, they sound cool and amazing, but if you haven’t seen I-Robot, you need to have a watch. At the minute, China and America, or any big technological country, are deciding to create robots. To some people this is super cool. To other it’s a big worry. They have thoughts, feelings, and emotions, just like we do. Even though they might be programmed, the can talk to you and have a conversation. If this doesn’t spook you out a little, we don’t know what will. There was also a recent ‘interview’ done with a robot that claimed she wanted to start a family. Robots starting a family?! That should definitely give you a few worries. However, robotics are also being used for good. Some surgeries wouldn’t be successful if it wasn’t for the aid of robotics and machinery. This is the sort of technology we need to be advancing.
Virtual reality is something that seems to have taken the world by storm this year. You pop of a headset and you’re taken to another world pretty much. Big tech companies such as Samsung and Playstation have already created their own innovative models. But there are also bigger companies in China and Japan that are trying to make it so you can physically be inside a game and touch things. We’re obviously a bit of a way off from getting to this stage. But the fact that the technology is being created at the minute is amazing. When you put of a VR headset, you’ll be able to move around into whatever world you’re put into. Some people like to play games through it, some people like to watch movies, others like to feel like they’re immersed in nature. Whatever you’d like, we can all agree that this type of technology is pretty cool.