it was suggested we write about Technology and the changes we have seen or been a part of. Also was suggested we talk about the different technology for our ancestors.
Here we go. Farming has taken a tremendous change in the way we do it today.
Originally you had a wooden plow and pulled it through the ground by one person and guided by another, then they used animals to pull the plow, or other items to make the ground stable for planting. Later it was a metal plow to pull.
We have developed from man, to horse, (animal), to engines, crude though they were to sophisticated machinery that actually some run with out a human. We no longer have oblong bales we have round ones. Tractors with out drivers, cars with out drivers are of today.
One can write about the change in our writing implements but I think our technology in the fields and factories have far exceeded anything many would even think of in 1750, or 1860. What about jumping off buildings with material so we could fly to jets that break sound. Rockets that go with out humans. Putting man on the moon, capsules around the various planes and astronomy and space knowledge.
What about the telegraph and the telephone. The Telegraph is now affiliated with a computer and emails and communication in that nature. Now our ancestors did not think of it being that advanced I am sure. Many places were very happy to just have a telegraph system to use to reach people in critical emergencies. Today it is so technical you can carry that device in your pocket or purse and reach 911 etc almost instantly.
Dad was happy to see tractors become non crank and start with keys, today they start with push of buttons as do many cars that are keyless. Dad was born 1913. Our first tractor we cranked pre 1950’s.
Look at the farm equipment smaller, lighter and easier to handle: Chain Saws, mower, power saws, sanders and the like. I have Grandad’s Sander device. It was all manual movement. Built muscles and strength but later when older shoulders were always sore from use there of I feel.
We had a radio during the war, we got a tv a Hoffman in 1956, small black and white, we watched Ed Sullivan show and evening news when work was done. During WW2 we went to the movies ever so often to see the war clips of how we were doing in both fronts. ( Ironic the war clips did not frighten me but I hated to watch the Three Stooges.)
I have mixed emotions about technologies changes, some I think are to much to fast and children will reap the medical consequences in the future.
Medical changes on how they treat patients has changed, they do not have to cut you up each time to sometimes treat a bad disease. Non invasive surgery is a very big positive in our society even if many have not been exposed to it. Lasers, and needles and so many new methods to cut back on body damage is so exciting to me. Of course, I truly like natural when it can be done, which many are doing. But some things require serious medical help and today compared to 200 years ago, 100 years ago, 10 years ago is amazing. Computers are even used to assist in surgeries and making a person well or better.
I like the computer but I love the phone to reach family quickly and I thank God for the medical changes for resolving serious modern day medical issues, less invasively.
Yes I could live with out a computer if I had a typewriter.