Advancements of Technology
June 03, 2014
Deborah Voyt, PHD
Advancements of Technology
Technology has changed the world as we know it. Through many decades of research and inventions the world has transformed from what used to be simple mechanics to complex engineering in functionality. Many people often argue the fact of whether it is good or bad. How has the advancements of technology affected the world today? Technology has made life easier for us by way of communication, transportation, and education. Advancements in Communication
Our ways of communicating to one another has grown enormously over the years. What once started as a simple conversation or a letter delivered by a courier has transformed to multiple new ways of getting a message to one another. Because of technology we are able to converse with others over far distances at the speed of sound; for example, the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell. The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, which was used by talking to an operator and having them connect you to the person that you wished to speak to. In 1915 Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental telephone call to Thomas Watson from New York to San Francisco by using a new invention called the long distance signal by using the world’s longest telephone line; which was made up from 2,500 tons of copper wire and 130,000 poles. By this time telephones had switched to what was called rotary dialed phones, which made it easier for people to make calls to one another without the use of an operator by the using electronic switching systems and other technological advances were soon invented. The North American Numbering System was invented in 1947. This was a system that assigned telephone numbers to the customers in the United States as well as Canada and many Caribbean nations. The phone numbers consists of ten digits. The first three numbers identifies the area that is being called, the next three numbers are called the prefix and are used to locate the nearest central or switching office, and the last four digits represent the line number. From rotary dialed phones became touch tone phones, and touch tone phones soon became cellular phones after the invention of the satellite. Now in the Twenty-First Century, billions of people have gone wireless and are now able to talk, send messages, and pictures while on the go. Another great advancement in communication is the internet. The internet is a server which allows us to send messages electronically by use of computers as well as see one another from far away in real time. Thanks to advancements in technology such as the internet, just about anything you want can be delivered to your doorstep in a matter of days. You can look up anything from a long-lost family member to registered sex offenders in the community. You can trade stocks or file taxes online, and personal information is more accessible over the internet as well. Communication has truly reached new heights thanks to technology. Advancements in Automobiles
Ferdinand Verbiest built the first steam-powered automobile in 1672 as a toy for the Chinese Emperor. It was too small to carry a human, but is still arguably the first working steam-powered vehicle in history. In 1784 William Murdoch built the first working model of a steam-powered carriage, and Richard Trevithick was running the first full-sized vehicle on the road in 1801. However, the first automobile patent in the United States was granted to Oliver Evans in 1789. In 1815 a professor by the name of Josef Bozec, built the first oil-fired steam car. Walter Hancock, builder and operator of London steam buses, built the four-seat steam phaeton in 1838. Dr. J.W. Carhart invented the first steam-powered carriage-sized automobile suitable for use on existing wagon roads in the United States in 1871.The development of steam-powered automobiles continued up into...
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