Smart Devices and Stupid People
Our world is one that revolves and relies on technology completely. As technology evolves, our means of communication and social interaction change with it. However, with greater technological advances comes greater responsibility. Such easy accessibility to the outside world can make it nearly impossible to keep your thoughts, your actions, and your information private in a place like the internet. Our means of communication started with basic cave paintings, to handwritten documents and books that have been translated, then to the printing press. From there we transitioned into letter writing, the creation of the telegraph, then the telephone, the radio, and photography and television. Finally, today's most prominent forms of communication were created, cell phones and the internet. Some argue that the evolution of technology is the greatest thing to happen to the fast moving world, while others argue that it is the worst. Although technological advancements have benefited us as a nation in countless ways, modern technology has created, and will continue to create, a culture of distraction that hinders our ability to socially interact well, our ability to retain simple information, and our ability to make smart decisions on and off the internet.
In 30,000 B.C.E., the first form of communication was created by the homo sapiens of that generation. This communication was known as cave painting, which were prehistoric paintings on this inside of caves that told stories. Their method involved creating color pigments made from the juice of berries and fruits. Over time, languages of sorts were created and they made it easier to communicate until eventually an established alphabet was created. This creation revolutionized the way people communicated, and those who were educated enough were able to handwrite documents and stories on vellum when paper was scarce. It took nearly 1,000 years of handwritten work for the printing press to have been created in 1448. Johann Gutenberg was successful in creating a machine that would allow for books to be mass produced at reasonable prices, and it changed the way books were made forever. Though it became possible to save information through documents, it was still difficult to communicate with anyone besides those around you. It wasn't until the telegraph, revolutionized in 1837 by Samuel F.B. Morse, that people could instantly communicate long distances. This was the first form of technology that involved the sending of elecrostatically-generated signals through a wire. From there, technology continued to evolve and ways of communication became faster and more efficient. Next came the telephone, created by Alexander Bell in 1876. Then the radio in the 1900's, which became incredibly popular for entertainment purposes in most households during the late 1920's. The radio allowed for families to stay up to date with what was going on around them, as well as provide entertainment through music, and as a result it doubled the amount of radios used in American homes by the 1940's. Technology was revolutionizing, and such advancement led to more ideas for new technology. The television was debuted in the late 1930's, but didn't become popular until the late 1940's. It was an appliance that was seen as unnecessary at first, as the radio was much more favored in American households, but it evolved and turned into something that is now an essential in current society. Technology was transforming quickly, and the first handhold cell phone was finally created in 1973 by Dr. Martin Cooper. It wasn't until four years after the first model was made that the cell phones officially went public and since then the cell phone market has grown from $3 million annually to $30 billion annually. Cell phone improvement evolved with the creation of the internet. Although the internet was invented in 1967 for military purposes, it...
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