Sunday, October 17, 2010

Technology In America

As American culture revolutionizes, the modern day technology quickly turns into yesterday’s news. Just like a regular organism, technology evolves. This evolution is based on what surroundings affect the organism. Such as an animals would do in the rain forest evolving to be able to climb tree's etc. The technological field of play follows this same role. Through simplistic ideas I will show you the complexity of how technology has controlled American history.

The first pioneers of this country came on their sail boats and walked the lands claiming everything they wanted. Imagine if Columbus had a cell phone, along with a jet, and a Lawyer the world we currently know would probably be controlled by one person. Luckily for us, that was not the case. Now you could say that the lack of technology at the time may have been beneficial for our future but for now lets stay with the importance of technological turning points. I want focus on one major turning point. When we think of technology we think of mp3's, fast cars, and touch screens. The one thing that is constantly changing and shapes every American citizen is education. The first forms of education in the colonies were only given to rich upscale white boys, either at home or in small town houses with one teacher, one book, and maybe even a board. As you jump to the 60's and 70's you saw a number of larger class, actual school buildings, and a large staff. Students actually have individual books and more teachers meaning a better understanding of different subjects. As you move into the 2000's you start to see schools with books for students to leave home and a set for students to keep in their classrooms. Now in 2010, in some schools students don't even have books, they have laptops that they bring to school and take home.

In computers and mp3s, a young entrepreneur single-handedly changed life as we know it. In 1976 Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Incorporated which released its first computer, the Apple II series. In 1984 Apple released its first Macintosh. The Apple brand did not stop there. On October 23, 2001 Apple would revolutionize the way we listen to music by releasing the iPod. Since its release, the iPod has changed so much that it now has a touch screen and a camera. Apple has sold over 21 million iPods since its debut. Apple’s biggest release came on June 29, 2007 when they released the first touch screen phone, the iPhone. Since its debut, the iPhone has been remarketed three times with the newest edition, iPhone 4, featuring the first phone to have a camera on the front and back. The front camera allows you to make video calls to other iPhone users.

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