Why do so many people believe that technological progress is happening ever faster today? In fact, it isn’t. It has slowed down long ago. No life-changing technological breakthrough was made after 2000 AD.
Electricity, the light bulb, telegraphy and photography were all invented in the 1880s.
Radio was invented in 1895, television in 1927 and the electric computer in 1941.
In 1904 the Wright brothers did the first motorized flight in human history, ten years later planes were used en masse in World War I and less than 30 years later the Nazis send the first object into outer space in 1942.
The space race lasted for twelve years, in which we came from the first satellite, to the first animal and human in space to the first man on the moon.
Many “futurists” seem to have read to much science-fiction. That makes sense, since many science fiction comicbooks from the 30s or 40s imagined the year 2001 totally futuristic with spaceships, robots and flying cars. Well, that wasn’t too far-fetched from their perspective…
Surely though, that doesn’t say anything about the future. Just because technological inventions where more plentiful in the past doesn’t mean that progress can’t be going to take off again now.