Technological Advances Research Paper

The definition of the word technology is “the use of science in industry, engineering, etc., to invent useful things or to solve problems”. Throughout history, there have been many technological advances. They were created to make people’s lives easier or, as the definition states, to solve problems. I am going to describe the most important technological advances made in the pre-modern and modern eras (1450-present). I will also explain how technological advances changed society for better or worse and what long-range effects they had on the world. The first technological advancement I am going to talk about is the printing press. The printing press was invented in 1450 by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany. It spread rapidly throughout …show more content…
Textile production occurred during the first Industrial Revolution between 1760 and 1840. One of the main reasons textile production was made possible was because of the invention of the Spinning Jenny, which was a machine that could spin cotton to make thread. Before industrialization, all of this was done in the home by hand and once the Spinning Jenny was invented, it was too big for the home so they put them in factories. The Spinning Jenny was created in 1764 by James Hargraves. This new technology allowed consumers to benefit from a greater variety of goods but at a lower cost. Once one invention is made then, as always, it needs to be worked on to make it more efficient or advanced. That is why Edmund Cartwright made and patented the first power loom in 1785. At first, the power loom could only weave plain textiles but eventually with a little more power given to them, they could manufacture all types of …show more content…
It was invented during the 1830’s by Sir William Cooke and Sir Charles Wheatstone. It used five magnetic needles that could be pointed around a panel of numbers and letters by electric currents. Eventually, the telegraph used Morse code in order to send messages. Morse code was invented by Samuel Morse. He sent the first Morse code on the telegraph in 1844. The telegraph was a faster and easier way to send information. “Better communications by rail and telegraph gave new power to central government in dealing with distant revolt” (Roberts and Westad, pg. 760). It made a huge impact on how the wars were fought and won. It also made the availability of wiring money to different people. This invention was definitely a turning point in world history. It led to the development of the phone, the fax machine, and the internet. Additional, another very important technological advancement was the invention of Antibiotics. The first antibiotic was accidentally discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928. This was the invention of Penicillin. This particular antibiotic has saved millions of lives since its discovery. It was especially helpful during World War 2 because it dropped the death rate of bacterial pneumonia down to one percent following World War 1. This also led to the other antibiotics that we have and use

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