Welcome to my all-time favorite topic (so far). While the title focuses on the history of technology, in fact what I have been drawn to for decades is the intersection of people and technology. For the more geeky of us, I visualize this as follows: People on the x-axis, technology on the y-axis, with the goal to be as close to the 45-degree tangent as possible over time (ok, here’s a diagram, albeit a primitive one I put together).
It’s this blending of people and technology (and inherent social systems) that has driven the work I’ve done much of my adult life, and forms the basis of much of the content you see curated here on the Love to Discuss website.
Here’s our starter list for discussion:
- Article: The long history of America’s Leading Technology Hubs – CityLab.
- Article: The History Behind the 15 Kitchen Appliances That Changed the Way We Live – Interesting Engineering.
- Article: This chart shows every major technological innovation in the last 150 years — and how they have changed the way we work – Business Insider.
- Book: The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution – Walter Isaacson.
- Book: Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World – Jill Jonnes.
- Book: Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be – Charlotte Foltz.
- Book: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari.
- Ted Talk: Technology’s Epic Story – Kevin Kelly.