Steam engines were part of the transportation revolution. They were coal powered and allowed for people to go further much faster. In addition to steam engines, steam boats were also very helpful inventions.
One final innovation in the Industrial Revolution was farming technology. Things such as farming journals, crop rotations, and seed drills (pictured) were created which led to the population explosion.
Positive & Negative impacts
Pros of the Industrial Revolution: Less death, economic prosperity, new inventions, and more jobs.
Cons of the Industrial Revolution: disease, dangerous working conditions, long shifts, and child labor- among other things.
When the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century brought a rapid increase in wealth, the demand of workers for a fair share of the wealth they were creating was conceded only after riots and strikes -John Boyd Orr
The beginning of the technological revolution is a controversial topic. Some people think it may be the birth of the internet in 1969, while others argue for the first mobile phone in 1973, or even the first iPad in 2010.
From smart phones, to computers, to social media, to wifi there were many technological advancements during the digital revolution.
Positive & negative impacts
Pros of the digital revolution are abundant. Communication became much easier, writing papers became more convenient, information spreads faster, and resources (such as paper) are preserved.
The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even printing -Douglas Engelbart
The artificial intelligence/robotics revolution will be caused by a few major factors. Firstly, businesses want to pay their workers less for longer hours. You don't have to pay robots and they can work 24/7. Also, society is growing and so there is a demand for more resources. Finally, all the media attention about robotics has caused more interest for it.
However, there will be negative affects of the of the robotics revolution. The unemployment rates will skyrocket due to robots taking over many jobs. As a result of this, there will be more poverty. Finally, there is a legitimate fear of artificial intelligence taking over society because knowledge leads to power.
Artificial intelligence is growing up fast, as are robots whose facial expressions can elicit empathy and make your mirror neurons quiver -Diane Ackerman