The speed of technological progress of the 21st century is undeniable. It seems that as soon as you get your new smartphone home from the shop it is already obsolete. In recent years we have been bombarded with electronic communications devices and media to such an extent that we simply can’t relax into any comfort zone for fear of being left behind. The 21st century is defined by progress, and we’re only a decade and a half into it. However, is pace the defining factor of progress?
If we look at the world in 1914, it seems like it was still trying to claw its way out of the Stone Age. However, there were already a few notable inventions that had changed the world. The automobile, the electric light bulb, the nickel-zinc battery, air conditioning, the aeroplane, and traffic lights were all already in existence. The 20th century would go on to be a highly innovative century that paved the way for the innovation of today, and is pretty much responsible for life as we know it. Cellular phones, computers, and the internet all started life in the last century.
So, with that in mind, is the technology of today really that astounding?
Some individuals have suggested that innovation has become fairly stale. But, while we don’t have the flying cars that Back to the Future, Part II predicted we would have by 2015, we have some other ‘futuristic’ gadgets. Video chat, wearable technology, and cloud computing are just some of the inventions that we enjoy nowadays. It all seems as if it is right on track, and going strong. If the 20th century was characterised by communication, the 21st century is characterised by connectivity.