From the World's First Mobile Phone to Smart Cities and Driverless Cars - Taking a Look Back at the Past 50 Years

Originally published August 24, 2018

Technology brings innovation and over the years we have seen it filter through to almost every aspect of our lives, affecting organisations both large and small, personal lifestyles, government operations and scientific and medical advancements. With this in mind, we have taken a look at how technology has evolved in the past 50 years.

It was 50 years ago, in 1968, that Apollo 8 was launched, and then less than 12 months later we saw Neil Armstrong become the first man to land on the moon taking ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’. This is still one of the most iconic moments in history and it embodies how technology enabled us to go beyond our previous limits. Although the achievements of NASA mark major significant moments, not only in terms of technology but history, we have also seen other innovations that have enabled us to enjoy today’s digital lifestyle.

One the major milestones in the IT industry was the development of the Internet, and although ideas and breakthroughs had surfaced around it’s possibilities, it was not until 1969 that the first host-to-host message was sent. We have since come a long way, with quick and instant Internet access available for almost everyone in the UK, and we are even on the cusp of 5G, which will help to support a new generation of Internet paving the way for IoT. 

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