Technology is developing rapidly. October 1861: The invention of the telephone. On October 26, 1861, the 27-year-old physics teacher Philipp Reis (1834-1874) presented a device for the first time at the Physikalischer Verein Frankfurt am Main, which could transmit speech with the help of electric current – he called it ‘telephone’. Everyone has a cell phone these days.

But not only the telephone, but the development in the field of media has also changed at the speed of light. From radio to television. From black and white to flat screen. Monitors and PCs, laptops, and notebooks. Floppy discs have been replaced with USB sticks. The software has also modernized. Games with high-quality graphics. Areas in web design and web development have expanded rapidly.

Technology sometimes evolves so quickly that it seems like we have no control over its development. Their progress does not follow a technical but above all a social logic. What seems safe today may already be obsolete tomorrow.


Would human progress have been possible at the current rate without electricity? Hardly likely! Ever since pioneers like Benjamin Franklin studied it and inventors like Nikola Tesla tested new ways to convert it into energy, electricity has not only fueled generations of new inventions but has also become an integral part of modern life.

The Laser

When laser technology was discovered in 1960, it was so ahead of its time that researchers weren’t even sure where exactly it could be used. Since then, it has found its way into nearly every sector, from medicine to consumer electronics to manufacturing. In fact, almost everyone comes into contact with some type of laser1 on an average day.

Quantum computer technology

The invention of the computer – especially the personal computer – has transformed our everyday lives. However, its evolution is far from over: In October 2019 it was announced that a quantum computer, which massively increases computing power with the help of quantum mechanics, solved a problem in just 200 seconds that a standard computer could not solve. This breakthrough promises a multitude of new application possibilities in the future.

Semiconductor chips

Many technical milestones formed the starting point for future innovation. Semiconductor chips are a prime example. The electrical circuit with components such as transistors and wiring acted as a door opener for the development of laptops, followed by smartphones and tablets.

The automobile

A real “engine for change”: after the first car rolled off the assembly line, its progress could no longer be stopped. While it was initially considered a patent solution for all mobility problems, the car had to be further developed in order to lower the use of fossil fuels and reduce traffic pollution. Now the next generation is ready: hybrid cars, electric cars, and driverless cars that show that the car will be with us for centuries to come.


While cars accelerate our locomotion in everyday life, it can still be difficult to get from A to B – especially if there is no local knowledge. After its invention in 1973, GPS (Global Positioning System) technology finally came onto the market in 1995. With the help of satellites, it determines the location and reliably shows us the way. In addition, it has recently become the cornerstone of numerous smart city and urban mobility apps.

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The smartphone and technology

We hate to admit it, but the smartphone is ubiquitous in modern life and can hardly be dispensed with. One reason it is so special is that it can be linked and used with so many other technological innovations, from GPS to mobile banking or fitness apps. When Apple released its first smartphone in 2007, there was no turning back.

History of television

Today, television is one of the everyday things that cannot be imagined without, under any circumstances. Most households even have several televisions so that you don’t have to go without your favorite series or an exciting film in your bedroom or children’s room.

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