Edmund Ironside said:Rob Banks said:I don't know if technology is advancing faster now than it was in the 1950s or '60s. What I do know is that there has been more significant technological advancement in the last 150 years or so than there was in all of human history prior to that.
The Industrial Revolution changed everything.
Faster since the Industrial Revolution, yes. More than all of prior human history? That's a lot more arguable. Remember that things like sewer systems, wood working, metal working, agriculture, harnesses, roads, shingled roofs, leather shoes, optics (eyeglasses, telescopes, microscopes), bows & arrows, writing (then books, then printing press), math, cartography, and pretty much everything that you aren't born with is also technology, or at least it was when it was first invented. A lot of those things made huge incremental differences at the time to not only quality of life, but productivity that allowed more specialization and therefore helped enable additional advancements. Everything is enabled by what came before, and we should be moving faster with all of the advantages we've been given by our ancestors.
Lately we have smart phones, Uber and Facebook ... some value there, but anything to brag about in a historical sense, considering that computers (already getting faster and smaller all the time), the internet, and web technologies were already there? Of course, when you treat the "need for more women in tech" and transsexual restroom rights as your highest priorities, I guess you get what you pay for.
Well, it's certainly been moving a hell of a lot faster since the Industrial Revolution.
It also just so happens that communism, feminism, cultural Marxism, and all forms of leftism and social degeneracy have become increasingly popular since the Industrial Revolution as well.
Coincidence? I don't think so.