How Ready are We?

Hello there folks! Welcome to another week of mind blowing discoveries. Today we will go back and forth to history so we can determine our receptiveness to technological advancements. At this point, you must have noticed that most of my blogs are related to the future of technology and this must have resulted to different reactions from you. Some of you must have said "Oh that is cool!" and some of you must have said "Nah, that is so stupid!". As we go along with our journey here, chances are, there will be more of those mixed reactions so I thought, why don't we go ahead and do some analysis of ourselves as far as technology is concerned before we go further to what lies ahead so here goes...

Imagine the world in the 17th century when light was not even invented yet. When long distance communication meant yelling and could reach only a few feet away. When the only means of transportation were their own feet or their beloved donkeys. You went there using a time machine and took one unsuspecting guy to the 21st century. Walk him around and watch him react.

It would be quite impossible for us to understand his reactions upon seeing shiny capsules running on the road or talk to someone face to face but is actually on the other side of the world or lend him your VR headset and let him travel to another part of the globe without leaving his seat and many other inconceivable sorcery. Is it mind blowing for him? Is he going to faint with shock? Probably not! He's probably going to die!

Now what if that guy wanted to get even and took someone from the 14th century to the 17th century? Is that guy going to die? Nope! He would definitely be shocked and mind blown but he would not die because the technological advancements between the 14th and 17th century are far less than between the 17th century to the 21st century. He would learn nerve wracking stuff about technologies and he’d be impressed with how committed Europe turned out to be with that new imperialism fad, and he’d have to do some major revisions of his world map conception but watching the advancements from 15th to 18th century won't make him die.

If this guy wanted to have as much fun as we had with him, he'd have to go back much farther to perhaps 1200 BC before the First Agricultural Revolution gave rise to the first cities and to the concept of civilization. If he takes someone from the purely hunter gatherer world to the 18th century of towering churches and cross oceans shipping trips and their enormous inventions, that guy is probably going to die.

What am I trying to arrive here? In order for someone to die of shock or a Die Progress Unit (DPU) is achieved, he has to be transported to the future of enough years ahead. So a DPU took over about 100,000 years in hunter-gatherer times, but at the post-Agricultural Revolution rate, it only took about 12,000 years. The post-Industrial Revolution world has moved so quickly that a 17th century person only needs to go forward a couple hundred years for a DPU to have happened. See the difference now between going back to the past and going ahead in the future?

Tomorrow we will discuss more about this to help us determine the level of advancements in technology and how do be perceive what is to come in the future and the unknown. For now, please hit the heart button and drop me a word or two in the comment box. Until then, ciao'!


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