Technology Over Time

Human technology has evolved over time, in response to our needs and desires.  Let’s take a look back in time, at real and imagined technology  before now, to see a reflection of our own human evolution.

The word “technology” is now commonly understood to mean only the electronic and digital devices that have become central to our everyday living.  But the broader meaning of technology, from the word’s Greek roots, is simply “the way we do things” – and the way can be manual and mechanical as well as electronic.  With all three forms of technology active today, what got us to this point – first with manual technology then with mechanical and now with electronic?  What do we see, when we look back at previous generations and the directions they were headed with the technology they developed and dreamed of?  Maybe we will recognize some of our own present in that reflection, and as we take ourselves back in time to see things their eyes can we rediscover a new way of looking at our own time?

Latest Technology Over Time

  • Flying saucers from Plan 9 from Outer Space.

    What Were They Thinking? The Lighter Side of 1950s Sci-fi Films and Cult Classics

    The public demand for science fiction movies in the 1950s spawned many lower-budget films. Many were gimmicky, but a number were surprisingly imaginative and over the years have become cult classics.

  • What Were They Thinking? Popular Imagination of Outer Space in Motion Pictures of the 1950s and 1960s

    In the 1950s, the movie screens were full of tales of science fiction that gripped the human imagination. As millions flocked to the theatres for entertainment before TV and the internet took over, we explore how their hopes and fears for the future were reflected in the motion pictures.

  • Outer Space in Popular Imagination

    What Were They Thinking? Outer Space in Popular Imagination of the 1950s and 1960s

    With rocketry and other technology emerging in the post-Second World War space race, outer space gripped the imagination of millions and helped put the first human on the Moon less than three decades later, in 1969. We take look back in time to see how people then thought the future might unfold. Are we like them, when we imagine our own destiny?

  • Ancient Technologies

    The discovery of a 2,000-year-old device that calculates astronomical movements with incredible precision continues to puzzle. How was its complexity and engineering possible? Scientists are coming closer to understanding its mechanisms and purpose.

  • Cast of the original Star Trek 1966-1969

    Technology and the young imagination

    What inspires the young to imagine the possibilities of the future, and what role do they see themselves playing in the unfolding drama? We offer a personal perspective on one thing in particular that triggered the imagination as much then, decades ago, as it does now. What was your inspiration?

  • 2001, as imagined in 1967

    See how technology for the home and office was imagined, over half a century ago, and how different that evolution turned out to be. How do we imagine tomorrow, today, and how will it actually turn out?

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