In my opinion, the most important characteristics of innovation are complexity and simplicity. Throughout the last few decades, the United States was striving to become more technologically innovative by creating computers and developing the internet and the World Wide Web. In the beginning, scientists created computers that were massive machines, taking up entire rooms and costing ridiculous amounts of money to build and operate. as we know now, these were built with too much complexity in mind and not enough simplicity. While on the other hand, scientists such as Tim Berners-Lee when he was first developing a program similar to the World Wide Web were thinking in too small of a scale. In his initial programs, he was using too simplistic of terms to connect data and cause both of his first programs to become obsolete. In both of these examples, it is easy to see that the values of simplicity and complexity are very difficult to find the right balance and is even still true today. Many programs and websites today need to be kept simplistic enough for a common adult to be able to understand and comprehend what they are reading or doing, while as many video games need to be constantly adapting and adding complexity in order to keep consumers satisfied.
Some of the most significant events in our history that have led to the technology that we have today all occurred within the last fifty years, which is a very short amount of time when speaking relatively to the history of our country and the world. The invention of the internet was a huge success for the United States and as we know today, it changed the course of history fr the entire world. But as Tim Berners-Lee stated in the excerpt of his book, before the introduction of the internet there was no way to transfer data from computer to computer. Berners-Lee decided to take it upon himself to develop a program that would be a useful tool in linking information that made it easier for humans to make connections in information without having to physically move from computer to computer.
After a few attempts at creating software that had the potential to do what Berners-Lee had hoped but were unable to stand up to the test and constant discouragement from his colleagues, he developed the most innovative software the world will ever see, the World Wide Web. Shortly after that, Mosaic which later turned into Netscape was developed by Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina which was one of the first web browsers. Both of these inventions have helped the internet form into what it is today, a user-friendly system that humans of all ages are able to access.
My impressions of some current technological trends that were listed in the Forbes article “Seven Predictions for How the Internet Will Change Over the Next Fifteen Years” are very hopeful. I believe the introduction of virtual reality will completely remodel the gaming and mobile phone industry because of the consumer’s constant need to have the “new and improved” technology. I also can see how the internet of things will become more and more popular as the connection between our numerous devices will make life much more convenient for consumers, such as the recent introduction of the Amazon Echo and Smart Houses. Because of these adaptations and others, I believe that the internet has become a positive thing for our society as a whole. The easier access to information and technology has made our generation more fascinated with the aspect of learning. Technology is constantly growing and evolving to the consumers’ needs around us and has made life more efficient and fast-paced and the amount of research and innovation that goes into these developments is unreal.
Going off of the results of the Web IQ quiz, my score was slightly above average. I got 8 out of 12 questions correct. Like the quiz, I do believe that I have a decent knowledge of technology and its entities. Although, there is still plenty that I do not know or am unfamiliar with.
The Internet: Behind the Web https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDucuVi5FrI