The Vehicle of Technical Innovation
It’s easy to look at a commonplace or everyday technological device and forget how it was in its infancy. They easily become assimilated into our world, and it is only when we are deprived of their access that we take notice. Many devices have their positive and negative aspects as well, with their initial application and consequences unknown (or perhaps with a different intent all together).
While it can be argued that its creation brings a yin-and-yang discussion to the table, the automobile has established a unique place in history—and one that has reached all populations of the world in some capacity. Easily recognized and commonly adopted, cars and similar vehicular siblings have been integrated into all aspects of human existence. They can be built as workhorses or designed for pleasure; they can be incredibly fast or paced for slowness; they can decadently luxurious or simplistic and utilitarian.
And yet despite the variety and differences, there are markets for almost all makes and models. They are part of most of the world’s culture as well—in our literature, entertainment, economy and environment. Moving us both forward and backward, the technology and the changes inherently brought about by this invention have created an impact that reaches the lifespan of today’s citizens.
It was an innovation of independent efforts that
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