In 1794, U.S.-born inventor Eli Whitney (1765-1825) patented the cotton gin, a machine that revolutionized the production of cotton by greatly speeding up the process of removing seeds from cotton fiber. By the mid-19th century, cotton had become America’s leading export. Despite its success, the gin made little money for Whitney due to patent-infringement issues.
Since the creation of Eli Whitney's cotton gin technology has advanced quite a bit. Now cotton gins are much bigger, mechanical, and faster. "Gins" are now large factories that are made up of many cotton gins that can process hundreds of pounds of cotton an hour.
The cotton gin has been such a substantial addition to technology so far we are not far from another break through in the ginning industry. The next step is for the gins to be able to farther process the cotton while they are ridding the cotton of derbies. This will better society by eliminating fossil fuels burned by eliminating processing machines and costs of transportation.
Clothes are a major portion of the cotton industry but I foresee there being a larger push in other areas such as feed stuffs and linters which are used in paper production. I predict that there will be much more growth in the cotton industry and even a price drop because of advancements in gin technology.
The cotton gin has been a very important part of history and the development of this country. Based advancements that have already happened with the cotton gin I can only foresee even more advancements as technology continues to advance.
History.com Staff. (2010). Cotton Gin and Eli Whitney. Retrieved December 11, 2016, from http://www.history.com/topics/inventions/cotton-gin-and-eli-whitney