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Exploring a Logarithmic Temporal Technology Scale

19 Sep 2013, 17:52 UTC
Exploring a Logarithmic Temporal Technology Scale
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In a previous, fairly soft-content post, I mused about the possibility of the existence of a logarithmic pattern in history that relates, in a predictable way, the subjective perceptions of technology within a civilization to their pace of technological advancement. (In a sort of tongue-in-cheek gesture, I called it the McGee Scale of technological advancement.) At […]

Industrial archaeologist performing an underwater survey. (Credit: NPS)
In a previous, fairly soft-content post, I mused about the possibility of the existence of a logarithmic pattern in history that relates, in a predictable way, the subjective perceptions of technology within a civilization to their pace of technological advancement. (In a sort of tongue-in-cheek gesture, I called it the McGee Scale of technological advancement.)
At the time, I based the scale itself on our civilization’s history and our historical understanding of the possibility of flight. Then, I turned the scale around and anchored it to the present day to use it as a tool to make some tantalizing projections about the pace of our own future technological advancements.
However, while a fun, neuron-tickling exercise, after playing around with it a bit more, the scale has taken on something of a more serious light. With ...

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