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Workplace Technology in the Last Decade
In the beginning, there was man, and there was also work. Lots of work. Lots and lots of work. Lots of work that needed to be done. Man started out working through his own skin and bone, utilizing cultivation of agriculture and animals to help with his work. Horses, cows, oxen, pigs, dogs, sheep, goats, and other animals have been the reason that man has been able to survive for so long. Without the help of these creatures, there would probably be no civilization or cities that would have been able to grow. They have helped man along the way by having strength, endurance, meat, and milk. By providing the extra energy force and meat, man has grown into the being he is today.
With the help of animals also came the help of many different types of tools. Tools escalated man to be able to produce ten times and eventually thousands of times what he may have been able to originally produce. With the creation of societies and a growing population came the demand for tools, so man had to develop tools to be able to handle such a demand.
Factories came about where everything was run by a line of men who would use tools to place parts and piece them together. Eventually, nearly every man in every factory would no longer be needed because robots and machines would be designed to do the menial tasks that men were originally doing. These machines would become even more advanced and start performing even more advanced tasks, replacing man completely to the point where only several men were needed in a factory.
Unfortunately, with technology comes less of a demand for man and more of a demand for production which either means more machines or faster machines. Machines that can pretty much handle everything and only need very little general maintenance by a single man or small team of men. Computers took the place of typewriters and Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn took the place of the phone, television, radio, and billboard advertisements. Technology has been and always will be a part of the workplace, making our lives easier, but also may be making human beings more obsolete in the workplace as technology becomes more advanced.
This infographic is a look back on 100 years of technology in the workplace.
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100 Years of Workplace Technology
Technology has ben a part of the workplace for more than 100 years. During this time technology innovation exploded, driving major changes in the ways offices are planned, furnished, and used.
1907 COLOR PHOTGRAPHY invented by Auguste and Louis Lumiére
1908 Henry Ford mass produces the MODEL T
1919 James Smathers develops the first ELECTRIC TYPEWRITER
1923 ELECTRONIC TELEVISION invented by Philo Farnsworth
1937 Alan Turing develops the concept of a theoretical COMPUTING MACHINE
1943 First DIGITAL COMPUTER created (size of a room)
1956 OPTICAL FIBER invented by Basil Hirschowitz, C. Wilbur Peters, and Lawrence E. Curtis
1958 The first SILICON CHIP is produced by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce
1963 COMPUTER MOUSE invented by Douglas Engelbart
1968 Original TABLET PC AND LAPTOP concept created by Alan Kay
1971 EMAIL invented by Ray Tomlinson
1971 FLOPPY DISK invented by David Noble with IBM
1973 PERSONAL COMPUTER invented by Xerox PARC
1973 MOBILE PHONE invented by Motorola
1982 First LAPTOP invented
1983 CAMCORDER invented by Sony
1984 APPLE MACINTOSH released
1985 MICROSOFT WINDOWS released
1990 WORLD WIDE WEB invented by Tim Berners-Lee
1993 Intel introduces the PENTIUM MICRO
1995 DITIGAL VIDEO DISC (DVD) invented
1997 First FLAT SCREENS hit the market
1998 GOOGLE goes live
2001 IPOD approved for distribution
2004 FACEBOOK goes live
2006 BLUE-RAY introduced
2006 TWITTER goes live
2007 IPHONE introduced
2008 First open-source CLOUD COMPUTING introduced
Office technology has become “Consumerized.”
People bring their personal technology to work, expecting the ability to “plug and play”
Driven by technology the workplace is becoming more FLEXIBLE AND NIMBLE. This new model requires a greater need for flexible furnishing.
Technology has a short “Half-Life.” As a result, technology should not be “rigidly integrated” into furniture that has 5 – 7 times its lifespan.
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Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.