Ancient Roots: Contrary to popular belief, technology development is not a recent phenomenon. The ancient Greeks were already experimenting with steam-powered devices as far back as the 1st century AD.
World War Innovations: Both World Wars were catalysts for technological advancements. World War II, for example, led to the development of the first programmable computer, ENIAC, which weighed a whopping 27 tons.
Silicon Valley Start: Silicon Valley, the epicentre of the tech world, got its name from the main material used in early transistors and semiconductors, silicon.
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Texting's Origin: Text messaging was initially created as a simple way for engineers to communicate about technical issues without making phone calls. It wasn't meant for widespread use.
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The Internet's Weight: If you were to weigh the entire internet, it would be approximately the same as a single strawberry. Yes, the digital world weighs very little in the physical realm!
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First Computer Bug: The term "bug" for a computer glitch originated when a moth caused a short circuit in the Mark II computer in 1947. Engineers literally removed a moth from the machine.
Space Pen vs. Pencil: NASA spent millions developing the space pen, while Soviet cosmonauts simply used pencils. The space pen was more reliable and safer.
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Apple's Hidden Easter Egg: The original Macintosh computer had an intricate design on the inside of its case, which the engineers referred to as "Twiggy," but it was never seen by the public.
Smallest Movie Screen: Researchers at IBM created the world's smallest movie screen by manipulating individual carbon atoms. They used a scanning tunneling microscope to move carbon atoms and create "A Boy and His Atom."
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Tech E-Waste: The amount of electronic waste (e-waste) generated globally is staggering. In 2019, it reached approximately 53.6 million metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 350 cruise ships!