The Second Golden Age

fdb253fe-a5a2We humans have come up with a very interesting way of keeping track of our progress as a species, we termed our starting years as the stone age, when mankind stumbled around learning how to create fire and make primitive tools from stone, with time our ancestors slowly started to understand the world in which they lived better, till one fateful day a certain someone found metal. The discovery of metal led us into what is known as the Bronze Age, humans learned the usefulness of the mineral and found ways of shaping it into a number of different tools; farming tools, weapons and armour. Humans have always had a thirst for knowledge, to seek answers to an endless torrent of questions that ravages our imagination, this endless curiosity has led mankind on a journey to discover and create.
The 21st century has pretty much been a second golden age in terms of technological advancement, people nowadays are connected all across the world through means of technology that our predecessors from only two centuries ago could never have even dreamed about, simply go back to the 1900s, computers back then were large bulky and slow. Machines occupying multiple rooms took a lot of time to compute what current generation desktops can accomplish in seconds, laymen couldn’t even use these large machines effectively, a person needed detailed understanding of the binary system and computer languages in order to make these bulky devices work. Fast forward to the 2000s, companies like Microsoft and Apple started making huge leaps in the technological fields, producing computers that could be operated by people easily.

Their user friendly interfaces lead to businesses computerizing their systems, bringing a huge boom in the world’s economy, new jobs were created, new business opportunities and so much more. The gap from the late nineties to the early twenties say a steady advance in our technological prowess, however, in 2007, with the release of the first smartphone, everything changed. The masses had access to a computer that could fit on the palm of their hands, since 2007 and up to now, the entire world has been going through a steep climb in technology, nanotechnology, a fantasy in old sci fi movies has now become a reality. The wide availability and constant advancements have also made obtaining high tech devices and gadgets relatively cheap, people can buy powerful smartphones that have more computing power than multiple old computers combined for a few hundred dollars. Heavy duty computer processors such as high tiered CPU’s and powerful GPU’s have also become affordable for the common man, people can build extremely powerful computers by themselves nowadays.

A lot of credit for our technological advancements goes to the Second World War and the space race between Russia and America that came afterwards, these two events made the most powerful and most influential countries invest huge sums of money into research and development. Some people call the Second World War the father of our current technological age, acting as a catalyst that fast forwarded our advancement by many years. We humans as a race have come a long way and by the looks of things, don’t plan on stopping anytime soon, the technological age is about to lead us into the cyber age in the near future.

Medical Advancements

There’s an entire branch of science dedicated to studying the human anatomy and unravelling its working, known as biology, by studying about the human anatomy biologists have been able to find ways of increasing life expectancy and saving people’s lives. The human body is like a very complicated machine, consisting of many parts that are equally complex, all of our organs work in harmony to keep us alive and well, even the slightest imbalance cane lead to problems and quite possibly death. In the old days biologists had to do all sorts of crazy stuff to learn more about our bodies, often dissecting corpses and experimenting with herbs and drugs to try and cure diseases, go back two centuries and you’ll find people dying from toothaches and clumsily carried out surgeries that were conducted without any anaesthesia.

Mankind’s technological advancements changed all that, with our rapid success in climbing the technological mountain we as a species have benefited in every aspect. Technology has made our lives easier, allowing us to do things that we couldn’t on our own and letting us accomplish tasks that we could do on our own more efficiently. The same goes for the medical field, doctors nowadays are able to achieve feats that our ancestors would call miracles, for whom a simple tooth removal procedure involved risks of killing the patient. The field of medicine is one that has always been worked on, many Greek and Arab scholars dedicated their lives to understanding the mysteries of the human bodies, many of their results were effective, however there was always room for improvement. Their work got passed down generation after generation, constantly being elaborated and revised, in the 1900s, after the Second World War, humans made a gigantic leap in all kinds of technology, many believe that WWII acted as a much needed catalyst in every technological field. A lot of drugs and procedures were invented during WWII some by ethical means of research and development, and some by unethical and shady human experiments, whatever the means, history sometimes tends to omit certain information if the results are satisfactory.

Coming to the present, in the 21st century, our knowledge of medicine has become extremely advanced, biology and technology nowadays go hand in hand leading to fields like bio technology being conceived. Doctors are able to take out living organs such as hearts from the body and keep them alive for several hours by using machinery designed specifically for this purpose, computers also play a vital role in surgery, used to keep track of patients’ vitals and regulate them and assist in delicate surgeries such as transplants and brain surgeries. Advanced 3D software is used to help doctors in reconstructing damaged facial features and simulate risky operations before actually carrying them out. The advent of 3D printers has allowed doctors to produce bionic limbs that replicate real limbs very accurately, however, the relation between technology and medicine isn’t a new thing, advanced machines like the ventilator date back to 1967. Technology has helped biologists and doctors make huge leaps in their fields and greatly help them on a regular basis to save lives and allow people to live to their full potential.