9+ Wonderful Images to Remind Us Just How Far Technology Has Come
Sometimes, while waiting for quantum computers to become ubiquitous, or wondering whatever happened to flying cars, it’s easy to forget just how far technology has come over the past 50 years.
Sure, we can all list off a bunch of innovations that have changed the way the world works – the Internet, smartphones, radio telescopes – but sometimes it’s tricky to really put that kind of change into perspective.
To our delight, however, pictures often speak louder than words. Below are a bunch of photos that might just make you stop and quietly thank the scientists and engineers that have got us to where we are today.
Because living in a world where you can have your food delivered, relive the entire history of the Universe, and search for new particles all using a device in your pocket can be pretty great.
8. Where are my vacuum tubes? I was promised vacuum tubes!
This is the PDP-7 minicoputer, produced by the Digital Equipment Corporation back in 1965. At the time, it was thought of as extremely powerful, and cost a relatively cheap US$72,000. It had a 9 kb memory, but could be upgraded to 144 kb.
7. Bill, that’s pretty cool, but in 2014, one researcher fit 1,000 terabytes on a CD.
Speaking of, remember when we still all used floppy disks?
6. “One minute” has a very different meaning these days.