It occurred to me the other day that the advances in technology since my birth have been remarkable. I’m no scientist and I’m not as up-to-date with new technologies as some people, but just off the top of my head computers; the internet; sat nav and mobile phones have all either been invented or become widespread since my birth. All of these things have had huge impacts on our lives, with the possible exception of sat nav, which is merely pretty handy. For a society to develop such technologies and to improve them so much in the space of less than a quarter of a century is hugely impressive.
The amount to which technology has developed in this time is astonishing. There’s an old saying, that we landed on the moon with less technology than is contained in a modern digital watch. I don’t quite see how that can be true, but the wider point is well made. My mobile phone, for example, has vastly better functionality than our first computer. It has internet, sat nav, a music player, games. I can download apps to do many of the things the phone itself doesn’t do.
My generation is so fortunate to have grown up with these items, and it’s good to stop and appreciate that sometimes.