Science and Technology are Changing Human History – The Pillars of Our Future
The world has been relying on science and technology heavily in the past twenty or so years. People would argue that we have relied on technology much longer than that, but only recently have people started to use mobile phones to remember the simplest of combinations of numbers, let alone something complex like a schedule. While some argue that technology has made us clumsier and more forgetful and that we are less attentive, others argue that we would have never gotten where we are without the use of technology, and they are correct.
Only 100 years ago, people never even thought that they would have been able to watch live football matches played across the world, let alone music played in space, while seeing the Earth through the window of a space station. Fifty years later and watching the games was not something miraculous. Fifty more years and everyone is okay with talking to someone across the world, seeing their expressions live, watching what they are watching. Fifty years from now, what can we expect? Where will technology be leading us?
From Fire and The Wheel to Space
Humanity’s start was rough, fighting for survival against the weather, divine power and animals. Once fire was discovered, we were able to defend ourselves, or rather, fend off animals and other potential predators, not to mention keep the cold away. We also learned to cook and prepare meals. Fire lead to steam, which lead to electricity, and internal combustion engines. ICEs now power a lot of our world and we are slowly transitioning to cleaner fuel, electric and even forms of nuclear.
From beating animals with clubs to walking on the moon and living in orbit around the planet. Humanity came a long way, all by using technology and science. What is next on the horizon?
Quantum Computing – Faster Computers
Regular computers will hit a limit at some point. You can make transistors smaller, but at some point, physics will take over and making them any smaller will not be possible. Other ways of making computers faster are being developed, at least in theory. Quantum computing is one of those theories. While regular bits are binary and are always either a 0 or a 1 and need to be checked, qubits are held in superposition do not need to be checked, but rather, their probability is examined. Fewer steps leading to a result means faster computing, in layman terms.
This will speed up everything, from regular internet browsing to more importantly, large data crunching, which is essential for any researcher.
Space Colonization – Expanding to Other Planets
There are plenty of plans for settling Mars, yet we have still not embarked on such a journey. Even launching a rocket into space is a dangerous procedure, even though it is done multiple times every year, let alone sending living people with materials to settle a new planet. But, that will eventually happen and most likely in the next 100 years. The people of that time will most likely be looking at the next solar system or life on space stations.
High Intensity Short Burst Lasers
These lasers have changed our world. Transistors which make most of our computing power are cut by lasers. They cut steel and they are used to operate on humans. These lasers, once developed to their full potential, will be able to target an area so small and with such precision, that they will be able to destroy a single cell. That could eliminate tumors.
Science and technology are still changing our lives, by making them faster, better and longer, not to mention more exciting.