Today’s Inventions, Yesterday’s Wildest Dreams
By Russ Kuhn, MAML University Development Counselor
Grand Canyon University, Medford
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The new year is only a few short weeks away, marking 20 years into the 21st century. Over 130 years have passed since the invention of the car, over 140 years since the invention of the telephone and nearly 150 years since the invention of the camera. Technologies such as cars, smartphones and cameras have become so integrated into our lives that we no longer consider them innovative. However, only decades ago these technologies would have been unimaginable. In the 19th century, the invention of the first automobile was considered revolutionary. Nobody at that time could have predicted that cars would eventually drive themselves, but in 2018 we reached that point. Self-driving cars are the reality of our future, and this future is closer than we think. Within the next few years, self-driving cars are expected to advance far enough in safety, technology and popularity that they will become a part of our everyday lives. Many experts predict that independently operating cars will be available to individual consumers by 2025. Technology is advancing at an incredibly fast rate. Much of the technology we use every day would have been virtually unrecognizable only 50 years ago. Consider the advancements that have been made in devices such as the cell phone or laptop in the last 20 years. Not only has the cost of typical personal computers been cut almost in half, but their capabilities have increased immensely. Today’s computers generate processing speeds about six times faster than computers available in 1998 with over 1,000 times the storage capacity. Think of how easy it is to connect to Wi-Fi in 2019 compared to the days of dial-up internet. Over four billion people now have access to the internet in some form. The availability of the internet is creating a space where global communication happens every single day. Humanity is racing toward a more interconnected future, and the progress of technological innovation cannot be stopped. It is impossible to say how far technology will advance in the future, just as it would have been impossible for those in the past to predict where it would be now. One can only look at cutting-edge inventions such as smartphone screens that can be folded or DNA used as data storage and wonder, “What will we come up with next?”
About the Author:
Russ Kuhn is a University Development Counselor at Grand Canyon University. Kuhn brings more than 30 years of global leadership experience to the Rogue Valley as the Medford-based UDC. He serves as the local face and brand ambassador to support GCU’s mission and help students start their educational journey.

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