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Technology changes quickly, transforms world

It is amazing to think about how much the world has changed in the past 20 years. Technology has developed greatly, the expectations in education increase daily, and the medical field has discovered “miracles” that have increased lifespan.

Computers and Devices

  • According to Windows.Microsoft.com, Microsoft rolled out Windows 3.0 in 1990.
  • Yahoo launched in 1994 and Amazon and Ebay followed in 1995.
  • MP3 players were just being designed in the early 1990s and appeared on the market in 1998. They had just 32mb of memory holding about 8 songs. Now iPods have as much as 160 GB of memory holding up to 40,000 songs.
  • According to MSNBC.com, Motorola introduced the first handheld mobile phone in 1973, the technological breakthrough of the decade.  These first mobile phones weighed in at 2 pounds, a “true brick” compared to today’s phones which became more widely used in the 1990s.
  • From 1990 to 2010, the number of people with cell phones grew from 12.4 million to 4.6 billion and now cell phones are handheld computers or “smart phones.” “It’s hard to say how much technology will change in the future years because of the current advances already made. Everything is getting smaller so it’s tough to expect what will happen,” Director of Technology Andy Ey said.
  • Computers have progressed from the room-size machines of the 1970s to PC desktops, iPads, iPhones, and laptops, making the original computers look like dinosaurs.

Medicine

Advances in medicine have progressed with technology and now harmful diseases and illnesses can be cured and even prevented.

  • New vaccines and medicines are being introduced to the medical field each year. The flu, tuberculosis, polio, and the chicken pox were all unpreventable at one time or another, but now are preventable because of vaccines.
  • Penicillin is the first antibiotic that was deemed a “miracle drug.” Even though there are diseases medicine can cure and prevent, the struggle to totally cure cancer and other fatal diseases is still a challenge, but scientists are closer to cures than ever before   According to U.S. today.com, 767,000 fewer deaths from cancer  have been recorded since the early 1990s. Since 1991 and 1992, the death rates caused by cancer have fallen 21% in males and 12% in females.

Education

  • Changes in education are being made in part to new technology. As the new decade began, computers, tablets, smart phones, and other forms of technology started to replace classrooms, teachers, textbooks, and even schools.
  • Schools all over the world now have computers students use. Students these days are being immersed in an education surrounded by technology. Students have easier access to computers, and can research all they need to know with just a few short clicks. Some students don’t even need to attend school to get course credits.

“There is a lot more tolerance and information now days, but there is no privacy anymore. Online things, internet, and tablets brought large amounts of information in the classrooms, but the depth of how we think about information is still important,” religion teacher and Community Service Coordinator Sam Roflow said.

 

About Mitch Bloemer

Mitch Bloemer is a Journalism I student and a staff reporter. He enjoys golfing and swimming for McNicholas High School along with being involved in Service Club, Liturgy Choir, and the Thespian Society. Mitch also enjoys going to sporting events and hanging with friends on weekends.

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U.S. Representative and U.S. Army Reserves Colonel Brad Wenstrup presents WWII veteran Frank "Bud" Buschmeier with the French Legion of Honor Medal on Nov. 10 during McNicholas's Veterans Day assembly. Following the assembly, McNick hosted its annual Veterans Day Breakfast to thank veterans and active service-members for their service to the United States.

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