The History of Technology
We are part of a society, which is constantly working to make their lives better, through the invention of the technology, which we can develop.
When we don’t have the means to develop the technology, then we have to rely on the little that we have.
The technology that we have seen so far in life, has been the creation of many people, who have walked the face of this planet.
Therefore, it is a good thing to create and develop new technology, which would help the nations.
However, the technology that is developed, must not interfere with the creation, or try to destroy all of us.
In today’s article, we are going to talk about the history of technology and how it has come, to be part of our reality today.
In the 4th millennium BC, the famous wheel was discovered; since then it has become the world’s most utilize technology.
Many of our inventions, utilize the wheel or its ideas, to develop other technologies, which can be used for things that can help us, live a more convenient life.
The developing of technique systems that made or did something overtime is the history of technology.
When we are not developing something, which can better our lives, we are not too happy to be alive.
We have been creating and developing new technology for a long time.
Years has passed and mankind is still preoccupied on the development of our technology, which might help the world become a better place, but only through the development of technologies that can better our state of life.
Technology comes from combining the Greek word technē, “art, craft,” with logos, “word, speech,” in Greece this means that art can be discussed openly.
Everyday life, products for economy and economic growth are some of the reasons why technological artifacts were produced in history and are developed today.
The cultural traditions of a society or nation, which have an effect on the innovations technology.
These same innovations can also have an effect on a nation or society.
The history of technology is similar to that of humanity, because technology just like humans have evolved and grown into something better, than what we are used to have.
When our current technology, stops upgrading, and the companies behind them, don’t make room for the new way of upgrade.
The knowledge we have acquired throughout the years about technology assists us today in going to places we would not have been able to go, we can also utilize this knowledge to create new things, major advancements in science have been possible through those people and the ingenuity in their mind.
People who are inventors, also have the tendency to be very bold when creating their creation,
they don’t take no for an answer, are always, working to become better at what they do, on a daily basis.
You too can become an inventor, but you have to work hard, be determine, and have a lot of persistence, because an invention, will not be easily brought into reality.
When you have an idea in your head, and you want to bring that idea into reality, not only do you have to work hard to create your idea but then you have to convince people to not only like your idea.
But you have to convince them, that your idea is a good tool for humanity, and that they should all be using whatever it is that you want to create.
A good example of this was the personal computer, where people had to be convinced that it was a good idea, and that it should go on the market.
Many people didn’t believe in the creators’ idea of the personal computer
Due to the fact that it was so small, and didn’t have the ability to do the things that the mainframe computer was able to do. Therefore many people dismissed the idea of a personal computer.
However today, many people are using a personal computer, as a matter of fact, many people can’t operate without a computer.
Even you are using a personal computer, or a personal device to view this article, without the device you have available to you, you wouldn’t be able to read this article.
Technology is an art
When it was presented in English in the 17th century, it meant that applied arts only would be openly discussed.
Tools, machines, processes, ideas, and a growing range of means were adopted by the terminology in the 20th century.
Innovations and technology have embraced standard methods as well to enhance the technological experience for many people in the planet.
Humans have identified technology, as a possible way to have a certain degree of control of the environment.
Of course we will never have control of the environment, but what we can do, is know what to expect from the weather, so that we may be prepared.
The history of technology though doesn’t have its rightful place in history, not many people has their attention on what happened in technology, for technology to be where is at today.
As a matter of fact, most people are focused on what is going on now in technology.
Of course, the main reason why people are now paying attention to technology is because technology has become a central part of many people’s lives.
The history of other areas such as economic history and social history gain full attention from the mass media and humans.
The history of technology is behind because it gets neglected
People don’t really care how the first cell phone was invented.
However, technology has its part in many areas of life, and in many areas of a country’s history.
For example, the state of the technological systems used in wars, by monarchs and kings in the past, had a major impact on the outcome of the battle.
Even today, the best and most advanced technological weapons, will determine the outcome of a battle.
If a country doesn’t have any weapons, which are more advanced than the weapon of the opponent, then the country, with the least advanced weapons, usually loses the fight.
I say usually, because there has been cases where a country didn’t have any advanced weapons and still wins the war.
A good example of this is David vs. Goliath, where David only had a slingshot and a stone, while his opponent was fully prepared with a sword and an armor.
I am sure you all get the idea, sometimes, in a battle, you just have to have The Power of The Most High on your side.
Anyhow, back to the matter at hand, technology has a place in the history of economics as well.
The history of economics and the history of technology are twin siblings, in a sense that technology has a major impact in the economy of a nation.
Nowadays, technology dictates how the market is ran, if you don’t have a computer, you will not be a great investor.
Of course, before the computer, was here, people would still use the market to become extremely rich, but today, this is not the case, because of the systems that have been built around the market.
One of the stories in technology that really impacted the way people view technology today is that of Microsoft and IBM.
The story goes on to say that in 1981, IBM was looking to build an Operating System for their new microcomputer.
They approached several teams, one of them was the Gary Kidall team who made it difficult for IBM when contracts needed to be signed.
The Kidall team never signed a contract with IBM, therefore IBM flew to Seattle Washington, where they contacted another young talented team.
This team is the Bill Gates team, who signed contracts with IBM without any difficulty and concurred on developing an Operating system (OS) that worked for the IBM’s personal microcomputer.
The Bill Gates team
They claim that they obtained the prototype of their OS from Tim Patterson; they say that they bought QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) from Seattle Computer Products, who was owned by Tim Patterson at that time.
When they had possession of QDOS, they DE-bugged it, re-wrote it and DE-compiled it to make it their own code and for the IBM machines.
It was a controversy, until today in the computing industry, many people claim that Microsoft, was stolen from Apple, and that Bill Gates, doesn’t even know how to use a programming language.
However, the Gates camp, claims that they created everything themselves, and that nothing was stolen from anyone.
If anyone is a Microsoft windows follower, then the story told by the Gates camp would be believable, but if not then they would believe what the Kidall team claims.
The Kidall team accused Gates and his team
They accused them of having stolen the CP/M system from Kidall without permission, gave it the name DOS, re-wrote a few lines of code and presented it to IBM.
Microsoft has a lot of bad blood, on their hands, because another company claims that, they were a victim of Microsoft’s shady business models.
Apple, which was the other company, also accuses Microsoft of having stolen their GUI (Graphical User Interface).
Another company named Netscape, also claims that Microsoft was prepared to enter the browser mar-ket by making Internet Explorer a part of Windows Systems.
Microsoft set out to destroy the Netscape
Netscape had 90% of the market share; by incorporating Explorer into the Windows operating system. So that it was the default browser for every PC sold.
The strategy worked: Mi-crosoft succeeded in exterminating Netscape, but in the process also nearly destroyed itself, because the campaign triggered an antitrust (unfair competition) suit which looked like breaking up the compa-ny.
Microsoft certainly, has many who don’t like what they are doing and how they do things, that’s why the Government is also trying to break the monopoly that Microsoft has set up with their product.
Technology is part of our everyday life today, our world is full of things that are either man made or made by nature.
Technology should have a rightful place in history, but many people ignore the history of technology, because it is only very resent, that people really start-ed putting technology in the center of their lives.
If we didn’t have technology we wouldn’t be able to distinguish us, from all the other animals, which exist today in the world.
A technological ability, make it commonplace for humans to be distinguished from other creatures; a tool-using animal is used to describe man often.
The distinction, however, is not entirely valid, because we are not just animals with tools.
If you look around you, some animals do use tools, for example, the Chimpanzees are the most often quoted example. Because they strip a twig to plunge it into an anthill and then eating the tasty termites which cling to the end of it.
Another example which is deemed a more modern example of tool-using, is that of crows liv-ing in a walnut avenue in the Japanese town of Sendai.
The walnuts are too hard to crack; therefore the crows have taken to dropping them on a pedestrian crossing where they are crushed by the passing traffic.
When it is the pedestrians’ turn, the crows fly in to bear off the fragments.
But there is a difference between using a tool which comes to hand, however improbably, and fashioning one for a purpose.
Shaping a tool for cutting or scraping (two basic and useful functions) is a difficult task.
Such a tool must be made of a hard material, and the hardest material easily available on the surface of the earth is stone.
But how does one shape a stone without tools? The history of human technology begins with the discovery of how to give stone a cutting edge.
The type of stone found most suitable for the purpose is flint.
A highly compressed account of the history of technology such as this one must adopt a rigor-ous methodological pattern if it is to do justice to the subject without grossly distorting it one way or another.
The plan followed in the present article is primarily chronological, tracing the de-velopment of technology through phases that succeed each other in time.
Obviously, the division between phases is to a large extent arbitrary.
One factor in the weighting has been the enormous acceleration of Western technological development in recent centuries.
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