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.
The iPad was released in 2010, and now pretty much everyone makes a tablet PC. We know these are used for many things, but let’s be honest – mostly they’re Netflix, Pinterest, and gaming app devices. Tablets are the bridge between smartphones and laptops.
The first Kindle was released by Amazon in November of 2007. It cost $399 and sold out in less than six hours. It took until late April 2008 for there to be more in stock. Not only have e-readers changed how we receive books, they’ve changed the publishing industry. No longer do independent authors have to receive dozens if not hundreds of rejection letters before getting their books to an audience who’s more than happy to pay for them.
Mars Rover (Curiosity)
Curiosity, the mars rover, launched in November of 2011. So far, he’s hanging out, looking for signs of habitability (if mars could support life), and singing himself happy birthday every year. OH! And in 2014, he found water under the surface of mars. That’s a huge deal.
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Augmented Reality Devices
In 2014, Google debuted Google Glass – wearable augmented reality. We know augmented reality as tech or images that combines with, well, reality, and augments it. A great example of this is Pokemon Go. While versions of VR (virtual reality) and Augmented reality have been around since the 80’s, things like Oculus Rift are making them more available to the mass market.
Normally when a rocket is sent into space, it’s done. It’s a one time use. (The part that houses people, etc, is the shuttle.) But in November and December of 2015, two separate, PRIVATE companies – Blue Origin and SpaceX – successfully landed rockets that could be reused. This overcame one of the most major hurdles in the cost of space travel.
Wait until you see number 4! It will blow your mind!