Tech advancements in the last 100 years are more significant than 90% of the tech improvements in the entire history of humankind. What scientists invented and the industry put into practice during the 20th century and the beginning of the last 21st century is outstanding.
As they were considered back in the day, many unsolvable problems were quickly resolved, and people have never again coped with them ever since. From ending entire diseases to changing the way people live.
Technology is the reason why we live in an era when it’s the most comfortable for everyone. People are happy to live in an era of the internet, smart homes, and wireless payments. However, the most important things we take for granted today were serious issues only a couple of decades ago.
In this article, we’re talking more about the five tech advancements that changed the world forever. If you want to know what they are, follow up and see how the world has solved what people coped with for thousands of years.
1. Sending a message to a faraway person
If you wanted to let someone know that you were going to another country back in the day, you needed to go to their door and tell them in person. No system would notify everyone. Technology changed all this, and now you can type one Facebook status, and you’ll notify everyone about your intentions and whereabouts.
The invention of the telegram first, then the telephone, and today the internet, made messaging so simple. Today’s Gen Z isn’t aware of the complexity in messaging previous generations had to face because the internet provides simple messaging to anyone no matter where on the planet they are.
With the global position system or GPS, everyone will receive a message instantly when you send it to them. You can even send videos, images, and other media formats thanks to the advanced 5G network providing fast information exchange between peers on different ends of the planet.
2. Seeing in the dark
This may sound silly for us today because everyone alive today most probably didn’t live in times when there was no home lighting or electricity. However, some parts of the world considered this a luxury just a couple of decades before.
Going out and doing anything in the dark was considered highly dangerous for many reasons. Seeing in the night was a significant problem for centuries. The first moment when it became dark, people went to bed because there was nothing else to do.
Today, we enjoy life when it’s dark because of technology. We can even go hiking in the mountains. All we need is a led headlamp, and we’re covered for hours with enough light to see where we’re going and to scare off wild animals.
3. Getting information about society
Newspapers were invented in the 17th century, roughly 400 years ago. It wasn’t until the 1800s when newspapers got their mass production making people read about social events written by journalists. Today, we have an abundance of options to see what’s happening in the world.
The invention of the radio, television, and the internet made us enjoy all types of information from the comfort of our homes. We’re no longer living in informational darkness. We can see what’s happening in all parts of the world as the events happen. This is a major breakthrough for us as humans.
4. Traveling from one place to another
Have you ever read the book “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne? It was a novel written in 1872, in which two friends bet on the chance to travel around the world in only 80 days. That’s how long it took someone to circle the globe just 150 years ago.
Today, an airplane will take you around the globe in less than two days. That’s the significant change we enjoy thanks to technology. Most trips today take no more than a couple of hours because rarely does anyone go from one place around the world to the exact same one. We have trains, cars, and planes to take us somewhere safe and fast.
5. Going to the toilet
It may be funny to some, but this was a major problem back in the day. Ancient civilizations experimented with toilets inside their castles and homes, but these inventions were only reserved for the richest. Mainstream toilets in homes only arrived in the previous century, while some parts of the undeveloped world still cope with this issue.
Imagine a city of a couple of million people without a toilet system and city sewage. It would be a mess. Thanks to technological advancements, we no longer have to go outside in the bushes. During the winter, people had no option but to do it in the cold, and from today’s perspective, we need to be ecstatic for not living in these times anymore.