Saturday, November 7, 2009

Exponential Growth

In the Did you know? video we learned about many statistics about our world that we probably didn't even realize. It's amazing to see how our world has evolved so fast in a span of about ten years. And I would dedicate all of this advancement to electronic technology. The history of electronics dates back to the early 20th century with the knowledge of electrons. There was the telegraph, radio, tv, and then the computer. The first real computer was built in 1936. And in about 80 years our world has developed quicker than ever. The internet has become an essential part of our society. And to think that 10 years ago it was frequently used. Even with cell phones, it seems we can't go anywhere without it. These electronics has become a necessity in our lives when even 50 years ago it didn't exist. Our parents and grandparents saw the development of this exponential growth and it's interesting to see how we're developing so fast. Our society has really become a society of instant gratification. We need things now and we need to see these results right now. With that kind of mentality, it will be a matter of time when we start developing lots of conclusions to research. Even in medical research once we start making tools that give us results quicker it'll decrease the amount of time to get results.

I think the fact that said what we learn in our first year of college will get outdated by our third year was pretty interesting. It's kind of like we can't really accept these facts or theories because who knows when another one will come along and contradict what we learned. Our world is developing fast and it seems like we have to just wait for something better to come along everytime something gets developed.

1 comment:

  1. I've heard of the exponential growth of technology before and its pace is so fast it's amazing yet slightly terrifying. What surprised me the most is that fact that what we learn in our first year of college is outdated by the third. I think this fact is too general to be accurate. It's accurate for technology and medicine, but not for what I study. Languages and history are unchanging. Well, I take that back, they're constantly changing, but not so much that what I've learned of French will be void in two years.