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Old 10-29-2007, 12:47 PM   #16
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Default Re: Why did it take humans so long to develope what we have over the past 100+ years?

Inventions and innovation are largely built, or are extensions of, previous inventions, and that takes time.

Inventions also stem from need or to make things easier, and are aided by advancing education, communication and population.

Every generation previous to us sitting here and typing on a message board has contributed to this process in one way or another in a long progression...
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:50 PM   #17
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Default Re: Why did it take humans so long to develope what we have over the past 100+ years?

We were still in relative terms cave men till the 1800's fossil fuels can only take you so far in advancement. Then electricity was new on the scene. You had power for machines to process things more quickly.

100 or so years later the development of the transistor throughout the 20th century along with the pairing up of mass power supply is what sparked the major development, we will continue to see good growth. You have incredible processing power, the like of which made tasks literally millions of times faster. The next leap will come when we find a way to get mass power supply that is efficient.
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:57 PM   #18
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Default Re: Why did it take humans so long to develope what we have over the past 100+ years?

We developed it as we needed it.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:16 PM   #19
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Default Re: Why did it take humans so long to develope what we have over the past 100+ years?

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We developed it as we needed it.

That's a cop out.

Just as people died for centuries when there was a need for antibiotics. It should have been invented millenia before when needed, but it didn't happen, discovery.

Just as there was a need for large scale manufacturing, without large scale power to supply machines, it didn't happen until electricity was stumbled upon.

Development in terms of invention out of neccessity is a fallacy. Development comes out of invention through discovery, intentional or unintentional.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:32 PM   #20
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Default Re: Why did it take humans so long to develope what we have over the past 100+ years?

significant technological leaps in human history.

discovery of fire
development of agriculture
bronze age
discovery of antibiotics
industrial revolution
discovery of electricity
invention of transistor/integrated chip/computers

upcoming technologies that will impact us:
genetics
customized pharmaceuticals
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