Friday, April 11, 2008

Advancement of Technology

There are constant advancements in technology that just baffle the mind, or my rather limited mental capacities, at least. I heard some statistics the other day that underscore this. The statistics concerned communication technologies and the time that lapsed between their invention and the point at which half of the households in America had possession of said technology.
  • It took 71 years after the invention of the telephone before half of American households had a phone.
  • It took 52 years after the harnassing of electricity before half of American households had electrical service.
  • It took 38 years before radios were in half of American households.
  • It took 18 years before color televisions were in half of American households.
  • It took 18 years before personal computers were in half of American households.
  • It took 15 years before cellphones were in half of American homes.
  • It took 14 years before VCR's were in half of American homes.
  • It took 10 1/2 years before CD players were in half of American homes.
  • It took 10 years before broadband Internet was in half of American households.
  • It took 4 years before I-Pod's were in half of American households (and this stat may include all MP3 and similar devices).

Just analyze those statistics for a moment. My mind is trying to grasp what the next big communication technology will be and how rapidly it is likely to affect our lives. What do you think it will be?

(Note: If you listened to Rush on Monday you've already heard these statistics.)