Have you ever wondered about the origin of technology? Most people think that the tech world is not that old. They wrongly assume that the tech world could be as old as the internet. Generally speaking, the internet came into existence in the 1990s, which is barely three decades. But technology, in its truest sense, is much older than the internet.
To look at the true origin of technology, we will have to go back to ancient artifacts. These artifacts, called place artifacts, date back millions of years. Some historians call these artifacts “pre-historic,” which means that these artifacts existed way before the existence of mankind on the planet. In other words, technology pre-exists mankind - something that is shocking, to say the least.
When our conventional historians refer to the existence of mankind, they use 300,000 years as a loose term. To put it into perspective, historians assume that humans existed on the planet earth 300,000 years ago. How about technology? It turns out that technology also exists for millions of years. To say that technology is not that old is an understatement.
In this article, we will shed closer light on these old artifacts. We will see if there are any “pre-historic” objects that tell us something about the existence of technology. This will give us a hint about the age of technology.
As you read, remember that history is an unsolved mystery. If one historian comes with one ‘fact,’ another challenges it with another revelation. Thus, the continuum goes on and on. The idea is that history is not a perfect fact. Instead, it can be challenged anytime when a historian comes up with his version of the story backed by evidence. So, as you read on, keep in mind that these old artifacts may mean different for different historians. So far, we are going to take the medieval way. The one that most historians agree upon.
Batteries That are 2,000 Year Old
In 1938, German archeologist, Wilhelm Konig, found a 2,000 years old artifact in Iraq. The archeologists analyzed the object for hours, and as it turned out, it was a battery. That is right! A battery that is 2,000 years old.
Today, the battery is known as "The Baghdad Battery." The archeologists came to the conclusion that these old batteries are capable of generating a decent amount of electricity. The best part? The battery was properly functioning by the time it was found.
Thus, this tells us one thing more than the age of technology: It was more efficient (quality-wise) back then.
Light Bulbs in Ancient Egypt
If you look back at the historical buildings of Egypt, like the Temple of Heather, you will notice an object that looks exactly like light bulbs. Although these bulbs could be different in functionality, we can still relate to them.
This is yet another revelation that technology existed for millions of years.