One of the issues that have vexed modern society has been its apparent inability to make large technological strides outside of the realm of computation. While computers have continued to follow Moore’s law, roughly doubling in processor strength every two and a half years, many other areas and not seen significant technological innovation or improvement for the last 60 years. Although there are different reasons posited for this stagnation in technological development, many people believe that technology that is now in development will once again pick up the pace of innovation and life-changing technological inventions.
One of those people is Jason Hope, Arizona’s most famous internet entrepreneur. After having founded Jawa, the first premium mobile content streaming service, Hope went on to have a highly lauded career, starting dozens of successful startups and becoming one of the most renowned internet entrepreneurs of his generation.
But recently, Hope has been discussing the merits and the potential issues raised by the coming technologies of the Internet of Things. Hope has often tackled the issue of technological stagnation. He has pointed out that, even though technologies driven by computation, such as artificial intelligence, smartphones and relational database technologies, have seen dramatic improvements over the last 30 to 40 years, many other technologies have become largely stagnant in their progress.
Hope points out that, for example, the passenger airliners of the late 1950s were in many ways not just as capable as modern airliners but even more capable. Hope cites the fact that a Boeing 707 actually had a considerably higher top speed than many modern airliners. Other aircraft used in the late 50s for domestic routes, such as a Convair 880, had even higher top speeds then the Boeing 707, actually making them dramatically faster than current airliners used on common domestic routes.
Hope says that most people are simply unaware of the fact that the speed of jet travel has actually decreased over the last 60 years. He points out that trends in other industries have seen scant improvement, if not outright declines. Hope says that, while modern cars often get superior gas mileage to their 1960s counterparts, an automobile like a 1967 corvette Stingray was capable of outperforming most modern vehicles in a wide variety of categories. Again, this is an example of an area where technology has arguably not improved much, if at all,
But common sense would seem to indicate that both of these areas should have seen dramatic improvement. After all, they had 60 years in which to do it, a period of time over which computers went from being a nonentity to the driver of almost all major business processes.
But Hope believes that, with the introduction of the Internet of Things, the rate of technological innovation will once again pick up.
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