Firsts This week we're taking a look at first things, early things, and—for better or worse—things that are #1. The world is filled with amazing technologies, many that are so old we don’t even think of them as technologies at all. Today, we present the definitive list of every important technology ever, ranked by their importance. These aren’t all necessarily good technologies, of course. There are plenty that have made the world a more miserable place for everybody. But they’re still on the list. If you have any opinion about the fact that this list may be omitting an extremely vital technology, you would be wrong. This list is both correct and definitive and cannot be changed. And you’re wrong. 100. Cow milking machine Are you one of those chumps still milking a cow by hand? An extremely primitive automated cow milker was invented around 1860, but the contraption would see many iterations through the 1920s and ‘60s as the rise of … [Read more...] about Technology, Ranked
Modern medical technology
Genetic testing can increase the use of personalized medicine. Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock Technology has revolutionized everything from entertainment to work, with people increasingly personalizing various aspects of life to meet their needs. A similar trend is happening in medicine. More and more, healthcare is tailored according to our particular strengths and weaknesses. And while the term "personalized medicine" has a newfangled ring to it, this approach dates back to ancient times, when Hippocrates prescribed sweet elixirs to some and astringent ones to others, depending on each patient's particular characteristics [source: Scitable]. The modern version of personalized medicine is rooted in the same principles, and it's getting a lot of help from genetic technology. In recent years, genetic research has improved our understanding of what it means to be human. This is partly due to the Human Genome Project, an effort by the U.S. government to identify the genes that … [Read more...] about How will genetic technology shape personalized medicine?
Will technology change the way your children learn? iStockphoto/Thinkstock The world is changing, and sometimes it probably seems you're in a race to catch up. The latest technology probably takes a chunk out of your yearly budget, and then you have to reeducate yourself about how to do things in new and different ways -- like how to turn the flat screen on and off or set the programmable timer on your HVAC system. Sure, technology is neat. It can make it easy to video conference with your associates in Tokyo or read the headlines on your tablet while Web surfing at your favorite java joint. You can bank, shop, research your medical symptoms and get free legal advice all online. You can use technology to plot your driving route to Disney World, complete with turn-by-turn verbal instructions. If driving is too much of a hassle, you can investigate the best airline deals and accommodations with a click of your trusty mouse. And these are just a few of the more straightforward … [Read more...] about How important is technology in education?
Advances in technology are important (and inevitable), but they leave outdated equipment in their wake. lorenzoantonucci/iStock/Thinkstock A disruptive technology is an innovation that uproots an established technology, or a revolutionary product or service that spawns a new industry [source: WhatIs.com]. Disruptive technologies are sometimes described as being simultaneously destructive and creative because they make old products — and sometimes even entire industries — obsolete, creating new ones in their place [source: Christensen, Howard]. Disruptive technologies have the power to change the way we work, live, think and behave. Imagine this: You're in your driverless car, on the way to a conference. Giving voice commands over the Bluetooth connection in your vehicle, you direct your smartphone to initiate a video call with a colleague. You remind her to bring the medical device prototype that you manufactured using a 3-D printer. You end the call and take out … [Read more...] about What’s a disruptive technology?
Can transfusing the blood of teenagers into older adults really help counter the effects of aging? Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images If you looked at Angela Bassett in "Black Panther" and said to yourself, "She looks incredible! What is she doing, bathing in baby's blood?" Well, she isn't, but she could be — if she wanted to that is. Sort of. A California startup called Ambrosia offered human clinical trials where they injected the blood of teenagers and 20-somethings into older people to find out if it had any effect on aging. At a price. Each 1.5-liter transfusion cost $8,000 — to the study participant. Two-hundred people enrolled in the study, which was completed on Jan. 15, 2018. You can find the study's particulars on ClinicalTrials.gov. This kind of medical technology has a lot of implications, both good and bad. And Stuff They Don't Want You To Know hosts Matt Frederick and Ben Bowlin take a deeper dive in a podcast episode they're calling The Modern … [Read more...] about Is ‘Young Blood’ the Fountain of Youth?