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Timeline of tech

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Several generations have believed they have achieved the summit of technological development. Yet as we look back a hundred years, the technology that we today take for granted would seem like magic. Anything we do in technology requires energy. Technology has made strides in everything from large-scale mechanical constructions to biological building components and even in uncovering subatomic particles. As we increasingly move away from a world of ink and paper, we have random access to data. The distinction between real and virtual reality is becoming blur as technology advances. By the end of this century, we are more likely to have general-purpose Artificial Intelligence (AI).

In the caves that Homo erectus utilised starting around 1 million years ago (and possibly even 1.5 million years ago), evidence of burned debris has been discovered. Therefore, fire was one of the very first technologies that was developed. Humans transitioned from scavenging for food to farming to obtain it. For making pottery and bricks, clay was used. Thread fabrics were first used to make clothing. The wheel was created as a result, which was possibly one of the most important developments. Agriculture created a demand for fresh inventions like baskets and, occasionally, pottery. Agricultural labour became more productive with the development of tools like the digging stick, plough, and other implements. Tools made of polished and ground stone were also produced.

In the emerging civilizations, the first irrigation systems appeared. To make tools, humans started extracting minerals like bronze and copper. Humans were able to produce more exact, polished, and precisely formed mechanical tools because of copper smelting technology. Later, iron replaced bronze because it is stronger, lighter, and less expensive to produce than bronze equivalents. Steel makes the best tools and weapons. Around the same period, sailing also began to take off. The use of gunpowder became well established. They were horizontal windmills, and later, vertical windmills were produced.

The invention of the steam engine, which sparked the first industrial revolution in the early 18th century, established a key goal for contemporary technical advancement. Steam-powered locomotives made travel faster and made rail travel possible. The development of the photographic camera revealed a fresh perspective on optical technology. The telegraph and the development of photography changed communication and culture in society. Then radio came along, with its transmission lines facilitating global communication. As a result, the primary instruments for commerce, communication, education, and many other fields are available through digital techniques. With the invention of the automobile and airplane, technology altered the course of human development.

An age of compact electronic devices began with the development of the transistor, a device that could control, amplify, and produce current and was considerably smaller and more energy-efficient than vacuum tubes. Along with it, the computer industry has experienced significant technological developments since the launch of the first computing device, the "ENIAC." The internet has made the world a small, interconnected community and is driving globalisation. The world in which we currently live in, has been altered by our understanding of how data can be divided into smaller units known as packets and how these packets can be transferred to the proper location. Although virtual reality may seem like a technology that belongs in science fiction, it is actually the future. But all in all, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most relentless of all in its quest to overcome cognitive limitations.

Complexity can be overcome by accepting and embracing technology, and eventually the systems we create will converge with those of nature to the point where it is difficult to distinguish between them. Every time technology is updated, more of it is created. The route that technology may take in the many years to come is probably similar to what is envisioned in Star Wars, Star Trek, and futuristic films. Humans have managed to spike massive progress in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries but it is going to pick up really fast from here and forward as we continue to evolve as the human race continues to evolve.

Progress within technology is constantly evolving and new advancements are arising daily. Automation, cloud computing, and other technologies have been essential for businesses and commercial activities. We are now living in a high-tech age, so it is necessary to be ready for what the future of technology holds. At Irish Taylor, we offer services such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Migration and Upgrades, High Quality Web Development that can help enhance your business and make a significant impact. These inventions continue to lead the way to advancement and excellence.

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