Arthur C Clark was a noted Science Fiction writer who wrote three “laws” regarding science and magic: 1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. 2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible, and 3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Truly, any of our current tech would seem like magic to our ancestors, and it’s only developing more rapidly. Here are 25 Life-Changing Technological Advances The last decade Has Seen.
Live & Online Streaming
In 2007, Netflix introduced online streaming to personal computers as one of it’s add-on services. The next year saw the addition of streaming to Xbox 360’s, blue ray disc players, and TV set-top boxes. A decade ago, there was no “binge watching” or “Netflix and chill.”
Google’s Self Driving Car project was started in 2008. Currently, Google’s self driving cars have clocked over 2 million miles and are being tested on the streets of major cities across the US. If you have a small child, they will probably view self driving cars as a normal part of life, the same way we view the internet now.
Alternative to iPhone
Android Software was also developed by Google, and the first release was in 2010, giving us an alternative to the iPhone. Market share-wise, since 2010, there have been many times where Android phones were more popular than the iPhone.
Kickstarter went live on April 28th, 2009 and has completely changed the way that small projects and businesses get off the ground by appealing directly to their intended customer base for initial startup funds. Other similar sites – Indiegogo, Gofundme, and Pateron – have popped up and also allowed crowd-sourced funding for everything from medical treatment to vacations.
The Tesla Roadster was released in 2008 and is a unique advancement in electric cars because it can go up to 300 miles on a single charge. Tesla continues to push the boundaries of electric cars with the Model 3, which starts at only $35k, making the dream of owning a well made, completely electric car far more realistic for many middle class Americans. Unlike cars such as the Toyota Prius, Tesla Motors makes cars that are completely electric, and well, are just much nicer cars.