Technology that changed us: The last 50 years: From Pong to Apollo

We live in a business world that throws around the term "digital transformation" a lot.  But we forget, and some of you were not even alive during this truly first technology revolution that happened in 1970.

ZDNet wrote an awesome article with the title above.  In the article, they say:
In this 50-year retrospective, we're not just looking at technology year by year; we're looking at technologies that had an impact on us, paved the way for the future, and changed us, in ways good and bad.

It all happened in the late '60s and the '70s
The article explains that the tech revolution really began in 1968 when Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon!

In this technology retrospective, they are not just looking at technology year to year; instead, they are looking at technologies that had a big impact on people.

We'll name just a few of the cool technologies in the overview.  You can click on the link at the end of this to read the entire article. Don't miss it; it's pretty amazing.

1968: The Launch of Apollo 8  (first manned trip around the moon!)
History was made, and the technology transfer from the space program brought us The Hubble Telescope, GPS, and weather satellites.

1972:  PONG
Think of the interactive games we can play now. In 1972, interactive games with very primitive graphics only existed in laboratories attached to Giant computers until Pong was invented and to the gaming world by storm.


1973 The First Cell Phone call
The first cell phone, called the Xerox Alto, was created, and fiber optics were created.

1975: The Altair 8800
The Altair 8800 was the first commercially successful microprocessor-based computer, and it gave birth to Microsoft.  It was Bill Gates and Paul Allen that wrote the Basic interpreter for the 8800

1976 The Apple Computer Company
Did you know Ronald Wayne sold his founder's equity stake in this company for $800! Yikes!

1979 The Sony Walkman
As the article explains, it's hard to believe that private personal music didn't exist before 1979

This article includes the top technology invention for every year, including:

  • The first smoke detectors
  • Pocket calculator
  • Intel microprocessor
  • The first web prototype
  • Macintosh
  • Nintendo
  • Launch of the first GPS satellite
  • And much more

You can read the full article here:   Technology That Changed Us: From Pong To Apollo