The Unconnected Ages
Siemens researcher Eberhard Spenke and his team at Pretzfeld semiconductor
lab developed a process for producing ultrapure
revolutionizing the entire field of electrical engineering and electronics.
More about the history of microelectronics at Siemens
Chip n Dip
The microchip is invented. It is one of the most important inventions in human history, as almost all modern technology we use today contains a microchip and depends on them to function.
You're so basic
It was a big year for the advancement of our connected world, from the invention of the computer mouse by Douglas Engelbart, which changed how a computer was accessed, to the first supercomuper being built, namely the CDC 6600. Lastly, it was the year where we took the first step towards giving individuals access to coding the creation of the development language BASIC.
The Internet was born
On October 29, 1969, the first message was sent over the
from computer science Professor Leonard Kleinrock's laboratory at University of Carlifornia to the second network node at Stanford Research Institute.
Call me, Internet
This year critically changed the way the world would be connected. The term Internet is coined when the University Collage of London and Royal Radar Establishment created the first global network using ARPANET, and the first cellular phone also made its ringing debut.
DTF for DNS
The Domain Name System (DNS) was invented, prior to this sites names had been obtuse sequences of letters and numbers and now more easily remembered names will be used.
We come one
Siemens premiers the Hicom private communications systems. It fulfils the global standard for the future Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and the first system to integrate all forms of communication in a single network, using one line and under one phone number.
Siemens once had the opportunity to invest in a startup that would let people make phone calls over the Internet, but we turned it down... leading to us miss out on a slice of their $50 billion of revenue a year. Just going to show that even as drivers of innovation we can also make mistakes.
The term World Wide Web was coined by Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist, while working at CERN.
Hyper Text Markup Language was created by Tim Berners-Lee. HTML became the seed for all development languages and is still widely used even now.
The first website was launched by CERN, giving visitors information regarding The World Wide Web.
Siemens presents Synapse-1, the world’s fastest neurocomputer: It is 8,000 times more powerful
than a conventional workstation.
More about Synapse-1
Amazon is launched, heralding the rise of one of our times technological and ecommerce giants.
Siemens launches the first website.
Google launches with its first product, its unique and optimised search engine. This is the birth of the second of the four technology giants of our times.
The term Web 2.0 is coined, a term referring to the evolution in the use of the internet and related technologies. These changes where focussing on making it easier for users to engage with the internet. It also happened to be the year Facebook launched, giving birth to the revolutionary concept of social media and establishing what would become the third of the four large technology giants.
2.0 heralded the rise of streaming and blogging with YouTube and Reddit launching.
The social media boom starts to take off as Twitter gave the world a space to express themselves 140 characters at a time.
The world became more visual as everyone as Instagram democratized photography and gave the world the Valencia filter.
The rise of the bots
Google Now launches, heralding the introduction of chatbots, leading to the rise into research of artificial intelligence (AI) research.
Man vs Robot
AlphaGo breaks the boundaries of AI and the hearts of go players world wide. Go, the oldest strategy boardgame in existence, is bested by the AI machine, who not only beat the world’s best players but would go on to play itself. Through machine learning would beat it’s previous updates, showing the true learning potential of machines. More about AI at Siemens
Talk about Revolution
The term 4th Industrial revolution was popularized becoming a catch all for all future innovation, heralding the biggest shift in the future or humanity since the Internet was launched 49 years early. More about speaking to the IoT at Siemens
Talk to the hand
The first commercial phones that you can interact with using touch free hand gesture controls come onto the market, marking the next evolution of the way humans interact with machines.
5G launches and becomes one of the most important pillars of the Forth Industrial Revolution. With superior speed and connectivity the potential for completely connected cities, autonomous driving fleets and untold problem solving abilities. More about 5G at Siemens
Talk to me
Voice command technology has gone further than before with the computer learning and people’s natural tendencies, making voice command the go-to way to give commands.
Good Morning, Siri
Technology and research have pushed chatbots to become more real, to such an extent that most people have their own personal chatbot assistant and start have more conversations with chatbots then other humans. The barrier between artificial and a real is becoming more transparent then before.
Interfaces have gone from being fixed screen experiences to becoming something that could be accessed anywhere without the need of a screen with commands be given verbally.
Smaller is sometimes better
Personal computers have gone from a desktop to laptop to now the size of a wristwatch, without losing the capabilities of the machines of the most powerful computers we know.
Welcome to the future
The world is unrecognizable compared to the one that we will in now. We walk amongst cyborgs, life-like humanoid robots and have all the flying cars that we were promised in the 1960’s. With the ability and drive to shape the future, it will be a most impressive sight to see.