September 30, 2020
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Evolution of Technology
⟶ Updated 9 Oct 2018 ⟶
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Vannevar Bush firsts talks about the Memex
Properties of the Memex are used in the World Wide Web and the first electronic book
Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley invent the transistor
This allowed for technology and electronics to get smaller. This leads to the modern technology revolution
Charles Townes & Arthur Schawlow invent the maser (microwave laser)
This leads to Gordon Gould building the first optical laser and coining the term "laser"
Raytheon's Radarange is invented by Percy Spencer
This microwave oven was 5' 11" and weighed 750lbs.
Narinder Kapany invents fiber optics
Fiber optics are used to relay light from one end of the fiber to the other. They're typically made of strung out glass.
First commercial nuclear power is produced in England
This allowed for less coal and oil to be used and less CO2 to be emitted.
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik
Gave information about the upper density of the atmosphere, and also gave data about the ionosphere.
Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce develop the integrated circuit
It performs the same functions as a large circuit, just scaled down
Frank Pantridge develops the portable defibrillator
This is used in ambulances, hospitals, and in public areas to for treating cardiac arrest patients
Stephanie Kwolek patents a super strong plastic called Kevlar
Kevlar is now used in cryogenics and personal armors.
First solar power station is opened in France
This opened up a brand new provider of energy and a way to burn cleaner energy than coal or oil
This opened up the opportunity for space travel and many new openings for science
Martin Cooper develops the first handheld cellphone
This opens up the opportunity for the cellphone to be upgraded to the point of what we have now
Robert Metcalfe finds a simple way to link computers together which was called Ethernet
Computers hooked up to the internet at the time started to use Ethernet now
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs release the Apple I
This was one of the first at-home computers accessible to the public (The computer cost $666.66 because Wozniak "liked repeating digits")
James Dyson invents the first cyclonic, bagless vacuum. (The Dyson)
The Dyson let more vacuum models to be made in the future, but we don't need to spend much time on vacuums..
Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web
The World Wide Web is our internet today, or the thing we use when we look up a website (www.)
Pierre Omidyar launches eBay
eBay can allow people to sell items on the internet
Electronics companies agree to make Wi-Fi a worldwide standard for wireless internet
Wi-Fi is used today as our standard for wireless internet
Apple releases the iPod
This is the first type of music since CDs and Sony Walkmans. This is called MP3
iRobot Corporation release the Roomba
The Roomba helps people clean without having to actually use a vacuum, they can just turn on the Roomba and let it go
Touchscreens are used in the voting boxes
This played a major role in the controversial Presidential Election
Steve Jobs releases the iPhone
This marks the beginning of the modern age of cellphones
Supercomputers are now merely x30 less powerful than the human brain
The supercomputer could eventually think to a humans capacity and hold the same amount of information
Technology is advanced enough to where I'm presenting to the class from a projector and I made this using a personal computer given by the school. Tech is so accessible that we're just given it for school use.
The first successful American space launch
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