10 Unique Facts About the Development of Technology

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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