Most Boomers will tell you that the advances in technology during their lives have been nothing short of remarkable. Examples include: Personal computers (I remember trudging to the computer center on campus with a box of punched cards under my arm); streaming music and video (see 8-track tapes limited to 40 minutes); streaming movies (previously on TV or in theatres and only specific times)  and mobile phones which displaced telephone booths (ever been in one?).

The changes that an earlier generation witnessed are even more breathtaking. My grandmother who passed in 1975 marveled that her lifetime saw the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk and the 1969 moon landing.

The history of technology is the history of us, and if you’d like a high level graphic representation of how far we’ve come (and how long it took) since we made our first tools, check out Technology over the Long Run from the “Our World in Data” site...

It’s remarkable how much of the technology that makes our lives comfortable and free of drudgery is of relatively recent origin.