Blast from the Past in Technology!
Blast from the Past!
Highlander “Tech Preps”
This Episode we will talk about what I refer to as the Prometheus effect, if we were to bring technology back in time, what would people think? Prometheus, meaning “forethought”) is a Titan in Greek mythology, best known as the deity in Greek mythology who was the creator of mankind and its greatest benefactor, who gifted mankind with fire stolen from Mount Olympus, IE technology to man.
It is said that people believed the technology given to humans was as if it were magic. If we took technology back say 10 years, 20, so on, your cell phone for example or the smart phone back let’s say just to the 80s, it would look as if it we were magic.
I will discuss various technologies that we have today that somewhat resemble the past, such as cassette tapes, cds, dvds, tv’s, all products that have evolved over the past 50+ years. I will put a hypothesis out there about how some people would react to these inventions. If they saw them in the past, would they pay them any attention? Or would they be flabbergasted at the technology and think it is some kind of voodoo. As the old saying goes advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. So would you jump in your DeLorean and take technology back in time? Say for a cure for a disease, or medical technology, or something that could change the tide of wars.
The same goes if we had a person bring technology from the distant future would we think it is magic or have we gotten to the point where we understand the leaps and bounds of technology and can see evolution’s of our own making? There is a divide of what we create and it differs from the past to present.
I will take questions from the chat about this and will encourage feedback from the audience and input as to what they think about this topic. It has always been on my mind, and even more now with the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future movie. Famous scientist Michio Kaku said this “If you could meet your grandkids in the year 2100 you would view them as basically Greek gods… that’s where we’re headed.” I figured it would be a good show to honor the movie. Enjoy the show!
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