Technology We Take For Granted
October 31, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) There's a lot of focus on technology nowadays. When a new iPhone is released, it's considered headline news. You can now unlock your phone with your face instead of your finger or thumb. You don't need a headphone jack to listen to music (even though some people want and miss their headphone jack, but that's another matter). Phones, laptops, and related devices seem to be advancing incredibly quickly.
Companies like Apple and Samsung are constantly trying to outdo each other, and it's pretty entertaining to watch. Don't get too distracted by all the shiny new gadgets, though. Sure, the technology that helps developers manage your favorite apps is neat and constantly evolving, but there's plenty of everyday technology that we're so used to, but that stuff shouldn't be taken for granted either.
Take your refrigerator and your freezer. They use the power of electricity to keep your food cool and well-preserved for days (or even weeks). Before that, people had to use iceboxes. Those were boxes filled with ice, since you couldn't exactly plug the box into an electrical outlet back then. Once the ice melted, you had to either get more ice or figure out something else. There was also a heavy reliance on pickling and salting foods to keep them good.
Nowadays? You can go to a grocery store full of foods in a freezer. Whether you're in Lawrence, Kansas, or Lawrence, Michigan, you can stop by a convenience store and enter a walk-in cooler to find your favorite six-pack of beer. People who work at fast food restaurants rely on commercial freezers to keep the meat and the hash browns cold until they need to be cooked. If someone from 1800 traveled to the year 2017 and saw a walk-in cooler, they'd probably think modern society was full of witchcraft and sorcery.
Modern medicine is even more impressive. It's true that the health insurance system can be kind of a mess, and the current administration's plan to mess it up even further and blame it on the last guy certainly isn't helping. But the actual health care part is going amazingly well. Antibiotics ushered in a medical revolution. Before they were discovered, something as simple as infected tooth could kill you. Nowadays, we just assume that we'll be able to beat most infections with antibiotics. In fact, there's concern that we've gone too far and used antibiotics too often, thus creating a new class of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It's almost like we did too good of a job of solving the problem.
Then there's childbirth. In general, giving birth is one of the most dangerous things a woman will do in her lifetime, but it's much safer nowadays for both the mother and her child. The maternal mortality rate in the United States is high compared to the rest of the developed world, but it's dropped dramatically in the past one hundred years. If a woman is laboring in a hospital and something goes wrong, she can be given an emergency C-section in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. It's a more painful recovery than vaginal birth, but C-sections can and do save lives every single day.
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