It’s a Friday night, school is out and no homework—which means no worries. But there is a twist—it’s 1769, there is no Facebook, car, Twitter, cell phone or TV. What would you do?
Many would seemingly die over the thought of not getting on Twitter, let alone not having a cell phone to text. I am addicted to social media and staying in the know with celebrity gossip. So, not having a computer to access that information would be heartbreaking.
Over the years, these inventions have shaped our lives and our daily routines so much, that without them we can’t do even the simple tasks like turning the channel on a TV.
In 1875, Alexander Graham Bell built the first telephone that electrically transmitted the human voice. Since then it has evolved into one of the greatest necessities known to man for the mere fact that you can virtually do everything on a cell phone.
There are many major milestones in the history of computers, starting with 1936, when Konrad Zuse built the first freely programmable computer. Through the years computers have gotten technological advances and can now be held in the palm of our hands.
In 1884, Paul Nipkow sent images over wires using a rotating metal disk. Television then evolved along two paths: mechanical—based on Nipkow’s rotating disks, and electronic—based on the cathode ray tube. Paul Nipkow is the reason we have our guilty pleasure TV shows such as Jersey Shore, Teen Mom and American Idol.
In 1885, Karl Benz designed and built the world’s first practical automobile to be powered by an internal-combustion engine. Today the automobile is an essential aspect to a person’s life—especially one who wants a social one. Most of these inventions would not be made possible without the biggest invention of all time, electricity.
In our modern society all aspects of our lives are almost totally dependent upon electricity, from the telephone to water and sewage treatment plants, from our transportation systems to refineries, factories, food processing plants and high rise buildings.
These inventions have made the idea of being lazy a reward to technological advances. So the next time you have to clean up a bit of dust or blow out candles for your birthday, and you happen to have an iPhone, there is an app called Blower that will do it for you. Don’t feel bad. You’re not lazy. You’re just living in the 21st century.
So the next time you update your status on Facebook from your computer or Twitpic from your phone, remember it took someone several years ago to come up with the technology for you to do so.