November 12: The History of Technology

Highlights in technological advancements over the past 1,000 years.

Source: Britannica
Published: March 2019

The History of Technology

Technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. Highlights in technological advancements over the past 1,000 years include:

  • 1044 – magnetic compass

  • 1455 – printing press

  • 1765 – steam engine

  • 1827 – photography (first photo ever)

  • 1844 – telegraph

  • 1879 – electric light (Thomas Edison)

  • 1885 – automobile

  • 1901 – radio

  • 1903 – airplane (Wright brothers)

  • 1942 – nuclear power (Manhattan Project)

  • 1947 – the transistor

  • 1974 – personal computer (Altair)

  • 1974 – the internet (TCP/IP)

  • 2012 – CRISPR (a method for editing genes)

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