In ancient times, cave people were amazed by the innovation of fire. This new discovery helped to keep them warm on chilly nights, kept dangerous predators away from their families and let them cook and enjoy hot meals.
Just like this new find long ago, we’ve stumbled upon our own astonishment with technology. What has started with a tiny spark has grown into more than just a flame, but a burning, blazing fire. Technology has helped to connect us with loved ones far away, saved us money, helped us to build businesses and charities and has overall improved our lives. Quite likely, using technology has been mankind’s greatest tool.
We can thank Alan Turing, who in 1936 began to work on the Turing machine that led to the modern computer that we know today. In 2003 it was estimated that there were more than 200 million personal computers in the USA. Today the computer is so commonplace, it is almost taken for granted that people have at least one if not several personal computers in their homes. But not so long ago, in the 1980′s a personal computer was considered something of a bit of a novelty. People use their computers for home businesses, charity work, working from home, school work, community projects, hobbies and more. Using the home computer has led to innovations such as Stephanie Myers’ popular Twilight books about glittery vampires that she wrote while her young children slept. Children doing their homework today could grow up to be scientists, teachers and community leaders who help to make improvements in our tomorrow with thanks to technology.
Mankind can be proud of using technology to create artificial limbs that are more effective, to help veterans and others who are in need of limbs. These artificial legs can actually be controlled by a person’s thoughts, instead of using manual or physical control. It was done at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The nerves in the leg communicate with sensors in the artificial leg’s socket. These sensors then communicate with a computer inside the leg.