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Top 10 Ancient Technologies that Becomes Modern

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Can you imagine the ancient period where not one can think about the technology and advancement but still in that old era few modern technology are still there.
So today I’m going to tell you about the ancient technologies that become modern and even few of them is the part of our daily lifestyle.

1. Robots

William Grey Walter created robots The first electronic autonomous robots in 1948.  Shaped like a tortoise, the robots were capable of re-locating their recharging station when they ran low on battery power. But the existence of robotics dates back 2,000 years to the ancient Greek engineer Hero ofAlexandria. Hailed as the first roboticist, Hero engineered steam-powered automatons to put on theatrical performances for audiences.  The robots could be programmed to do specific tasks and then left to themselves to complete the work, using a system of pulleys, carts, and rotating cylinders.

2. Death Ray

In 2007 the US military unveiled the Active Denial System.  This weapon releases highly focused particle beams as hot as 50C, which are capable of inflicting 2nd-degree burns. But in 212 BC the Greek physicist Archimedes had already invented a death ray.  He used highly polished copper to reflect sunlight onto approaching ships, causing them to catch fire. In 2004 Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters tried and failed to replicate Archimedes’death ray, as they couldn’t achieve the 593C temperature needed to ignite the ship. But one year later, researchers at MIT University managed to set an oak ship ablaze after just10 minutes of reflecting sunlight onto it.

3.  The computer – Ancient Technologies that Becomes Modern

In 1900 a 2000-year-old machine known as the Antikythera mechanism was discovered in a shipwreck. From more than 100 years, scientists were mystified as to the purpose of this highly complex and ancient device, In intricate bronze cogs and dials were compromised. Today it’s theorized that this is an analog computer created by the ancient Greeks to determine astronomical positions, eclipses, and the dates of Olympic games. Another mechanism of the same complexity wouldn’t be made for another 1,500 years, when in 1834scientist Charles Babbage devised the first ever mechanical computer, an analytical engine that calculated mathematical functions. Measuring 3 meters long and weighing 5 tons, Babbage’s device is quite a contrast toApple’s 28-cm, 1kg MacBook air.

4.  Batteries

The history of the battery is often traced back to 18th Century by Italian scientist Luigi Galvani.  He discovered that when he attached two pieces of metal to the legs of a dead frog, the legs would twitch, indicating the presence of electricity. Inspired by Galvani’s experiment, physicist Alessandro Volta built a crude battery in 1799, which consisted of copper zinc disks and cardboard, soaked in acid. But this wasn’t the first.  In 1938 an archaeologist discovered a clay pot in Baghdad, containing a copper cylinder and an iron rod.  These are thought by some scientists to be the first battery from 200 BC. The have been dumb the ‘Baghdad Batteries,’ but an expert on Iraqi archaeology, Professor Elizabeth Stone, stated that she does not know a single archaeologist who believed that these were batteries. However, in 2005 Mythbusters proved that the artifact could produce four volts of electricity when the acidic solution was to the iron electrodes in the vessel.  And this charge that would have been robust enough to electroplate coins or jewelry.

5.  Automatic doors

In 1954, American entrepreneurs Dee Horton and Lew Hewitt were inspired to create automatic doors to combat the problem of swing doors in windy weather. But in 50 BC, Hero of Alexandria had already beaten them to it, designing an automatic door for temples. When Priests lit a fire on the door altar, it caused pressure to build up in a brass vessel. It activates a water pump, which displaced the mechanism’s weight, causing a series of ropes and pulleys to slide the temple doors open.

6.  Earthquake Detector

In 1875 the Italian scientist Filippo Cecchi invented the modern seismograph to detect earthquakes.  It consists of two vibrating pendulums and a large metal coil. But the lifesaving practice of predicting earthquakes began almost 2,000 years ago when Chinese inventor Zhang Heng created the very first seismoscope 132 AD. Zhang’s seismoscope was a 1. 8m bronze vessel, ornamented with dragons.  When an earthquake was detected, a small bronze ball would drop from the mouth of a dragon into the ship, acting as an alarm. Six years after inventing the device, Zhang used it to detect a magnitude seven earthquake 2,500 km away in the Gansu Province.

7. Alarm Clocks

Levi Hutchins usually accredited for the invention of the alarm clock. In 1787 he created a clock that made an alarm sound every day at 4 am. But around 440 BC in Ancient Greece, the philosopher Plato used a water clock to wake him up for his lectures. Plato’s water clock resembled an hourglass that gradually filled up with water through various tubes and siphons. When these vessels filled up quickly, they would produce a whistling sound, waking the sleeper up.

8.  Vending machine

Vending machines were first introduced in late 19th Century London to dispense postcards and books. But the vending machine has a 2,000-year history.  In the 1st Century, the Greek physicist Hero created coin-operated machines that dispensed holy water in temples. A coin placed in the machine’s slot would push down on a lever, releasing water, until the coin would eventually fall off. These Machines were introduced to stop worshipers from taking more holy water than they were paying for, today vending machines dispense everything from burritos in Los Angeles, to mashed potatoes Singapore, and even schoolgirls’ used panties in Japan.

9.  Plastic surgery

history of plastic surgery

Modern plastic surgery was developed by Sir Harold Gillies [Gil leys] in 1917.  He used skin grafting to treat the facial burn injuries of Walter Yeo, But plastic surgery dates back to at least 3,000 BC.  Ancient Egyptians introduced the practice of nasal reconstruction, as documented in the Edwin Smith Papyrus.  It was often done to rebuild thieves’ noses, which were cut off as a punishment for stealing.

10.  Flamethrowers

The flamethrower is thought to have been invented in 1901 by Richard Fielder as a petroleum weapon. In world war one the Flamethrowers were used. But 1300 years earlier, the Byzantine Empire was already using a unique weapon that could burn on water, called Greek Fire.  They used it as a naval flamethrower to set enemy ships ablaze. Modern scholars speculate that it was made using petroleum and sulfur, but exactly how it worked remains a mystery. By the 1950s, the US Army was using a similar explosive weapon that also used oil. It was called Napalm and was infamously used to burn down jungles during the Vietnam War.

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