The History of Industrial Innovation and Technology

When that first caveman clapped two rocks together, not only did he ignite a fire, but he also ignited a technical revolution. From there came cooking, smelting, tools, wheels, agriculture, civilization, and finally the digital age. Let us discuss this evolution of advances in technology and where it has led us.

The Steam Engine

The first highly produced steam engine, the Savery Pump Technology

1698 Thomas Savery, a miner and engineer invented the steam engine. By 1705 this machine was used for pumping water out of mines. Others like Thomas Newcomen saw the benefits of such a device. In 1711, Newcomen innovated the steam engine to make the atmospheric engine. Using his innovation, water could be easily transported throughout towns.

Newcomen's innovation to the savory pump, the atmospheric engine.

Additionally, the machine was used for effectively countering flooding. Decades passed with no innovations to the atmospheric engine until James Watt entered the scene. Watt, a Scottish innovator from Glasgow University rebuilt Newcomen’s original steam engine and took it to a level past that of Newcomen.

Watt solved the atmospheric engine’s overheating issues and added a centrifugal governor to allow for speed control. Afterward, every production facility and transportation service were using Watt’s engine.

James Watt's Improved Steam Engine Technology
James Watt’s Improved Steam Engine

This behemoth of a machine is what led to the industrial revolution.

Technological Growth

Since then, technology has thrived greatly. New tech is appearing every year, aiding production and the R&D of new technology. The exponential growth of technology has advanced so much that now we are developing applications that research, develop, and act for us. Such is artificial intelligence (AI). But to continue the human progression and the expansion of technology, AI must be utilized especially in the transportation industry.

The march of progression - An evolution towards development and the digital age.
The march of progression – An evolution towards development and the digital age.

From steam engines to jet planes, transport vehicles have gotten better, faster, sturdier, and more accessible. Now, it is time for them to become smarter. In our next journal article, we will take a look at how the transportation industry is ongoing its own technological revolution in its shift towards automation over land, on the sea, and in the skies.

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