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Over the years, I’ve published various versions of The 11 Hottest Technology Trends of 1776. I thought it would be fun to ask ChatGPT for help this year. So I read an earlier version of the article and asked him, “Would you mind thinking of any other technological advances he made between 1750 and 1800 that would be appropriate to add to this story?” bottom. It can be done and it has. Here are 18 of the hottest tech trends around 1776.
Over 247 years ago, our ancestors used the best available technology to force colonial proto-Americans to revolt against King George. At the time, the ‘best’ technology available was the printing press, and the ‘best’ social network required the use of ‘word of mouth’ in public housing. Grog is the lubricant that facilitates this communication and the rest, as they say, is history.
But even while all this was happening, there were many world-changing entrepreneurs and start-ups. In the 1770s, America was a relatively low-tech, agricultural society, but as you can see from the list below, everything was about to change.
1. Underwater combat
Submarines – Ships called “turtles” were invented by David Bushnell to covertly attach explosives to the underside of British ships without being noticed. George Washington was not a fan of The Turtle (he thought it was “ungentlemanly”), but he was nonetheless in favor of its use–three attempts to destroy British ships. I just tried and failed. The Turtle itself was unsuccessful, but had enough promise to lead to further research and development that would one day produce an effective underwater craft.
2. Tell the exact time
Chronometer – One of the major inventions of the 18th century was the marine chronometer. This clock was accurate enough to be used as a portable time standard for “determining longitude by celestial navigation”. The chronometer was first invented in his 1737 by John Harrison, who spent more than thirty years of his life designing it, but several Europeans, Pierre Le his Roy, Thomas Earnshaw, John Arnold brought it to market. In 1775 Arnold worked on improvements to the device and on December 30, 1775 received his first patent for improvements to the device.
3. Underwater exploration
Scuba – Englishman Andrew Becker created a leather-covered diving suit with a window and a helmet with a series of breathing tubes. Becker showed off his device in London’s River Thames, where he could breathe underwater for an hour. Around the same time, a French inventor named Freminet was designing a reservoir of compressed air as part of a breathing apparatus that was dragged behind a diver or carried on his back. Becker and Freminet’s invention was the earliest example of his scuba gear. At the same time Charles his Spalding (Scotland) developed a refinement of his bell for diving by adding a system of balance weights to facilitate raising and lowering the bell.
4. Indoor plumbing
Toilets – Modern flush toilets were first proposed by Sir John Harrington in 1596, but never really took off. However, thanks to the Industrial Revolution, flush toilets began to appear in the late 18th century. Scottish Alexander Cummings invented his trap in 1775 and is still used today in toilets. S-traps use stagnant water as a seal to prevent odorous air from escaping. Inventor Joseph Brammer (UK) used Cummings’ design when installing a toilet. Brammer improved on Cummings’ design by developing a slide his valve with a hinged flap as part of his system of better float his valves. Brammer’s model (first patented in 1778) was “the first practical flush toilet” and was used for the next 100 years or so.
5. High-tech major appliances
Kitchen Stove – The Franklin stove, a metal-lined fireplace designed by Benjamin Franklin, was all the rage. Its original purpose was to heat homes during particularly harsh New England winters. But the Franklin Stove revolutionized home cooking. This allowed families to cook over an open fire without having to deal with the fumes traditionally associated with that process. Until Franklin invented it, most meat was cooked in a turnpit.
Eighteenth-century kitchens also saw many improvements thanks to rolled steel. Better cookware, grates and clockwork rims are all possible thanks to this “advanced” metalwork.
The Lightning Rod – Another Franklin invention from the same era would change the world of power and energy forever. In 1749 Franklin invented the lightning rod. Other scientists also shared his theory about the connection between electricity and lightning, but Franklin’s invention allowed him to be the first to test his hypothesis. His invention saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars worth of buildings. In those days, lightning strikes usually caused fires.
7. Mechanical movement
Steam Engine – Humans have used boiling water to create mechanical motion for thousands of years, but the first steam engine wasn’t patented until 1606. Thomas Newcomen designed the first commercially successful steam engine in his early 1700s, but it was relatively inefficient and was never used. Mainly used for pumping water. In 1769 James Watt developed an improved version of Newcomen’s engine by adding a separate condenser. Watt continued to work on the design over the next several years, eventually improving it enough to turn it into a worthy machine for manufacturing, helping drive the industrial revolution.
Some people, myself included, believe that the use of steam power was the most influential technological advancement in history, capable of increasing the strength of human muscles thousands of times. We are on the cusp of the next great transition, teaching machines to be millions and billions of times more powerful than our brains.
Rotating Bookstand – Many of us think of multitasking as a trend these days, but at least one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, believed that the need to consume information from multiple sources at “breakneck speed.” had. According to the Monticello Classroom, “This bookshelf can hold as many as five books and was probably built at Monticello according to Jefferson’s design.”
9. Spinning Mule
Spinning mules – Spinning mules are machines used to spin cotton and other fibers. These were widely used in factories such as Lancashire from the late 18th century to his early 20th century. The mules were worked in pairs by the janitor, assisted by his two boys, a small piece taker and a large piece or side piece. From 1775 he was invented by Samuel Crompton from 1779.
10. Cotton Gin
Cotton gin – In the same realm as the spinning machine is the cotton gin, patented by Eli Whitney in 1794. This machine revolutionized cotton production by removing the seed from the cotton fiber and helped establish the “King of His Cotton” and cotton production in the South. America’s largest export. Unfortunately for Whitney, patent infringement issues brought him little income, but his inventiveness later landed him a job building muskets for the U.S. government, cementing his position as “a pioneer in American manufacturing.” I made it.
11. Bubble! (under water)
Soda Water – In search of a cure for an upset stomach, English chemist Joseph Priestley became the first to artificially carbonate water in his Leeds brewery in 1767. He soon published a paper, “Impregnating Water with Fixed Air,” detailing the process. When sulfuric acid is added dropwise to calcium carbonate, CO2 gas is generated, which is injected into “stirring water” to make soda water. Priestley didn’t popularize soda water, but it’s better known for separating oxygen in its gaseous state, but a German watchmaker named Johann Jakob Schweppe (yes, that Schweppe) discovered Priest some ten years later. It would simplify and popularize Lee’s ideas.
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12. Hot air balloon
Brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier invented the hot air balloon in 1783. This was an important advance in aviation and marked the beginning of manned flight.
Although a terrifying invention, the guillotine, invented by Dr. Joseph Ignaz Guillotine in 1789, was a significant technological advance for its time. The death penalty was designed to be more humane and efficient.
Invented by Andrew Meikle in 1784, the threshing machine revolutionized agriculture by automating the process of separating grain from stems and husks. This greatly improved the efficiency of grain production.
15. Argan lamp
Invented by Aimé Argan in 1780, the argan lamp was a significant improvement over previous oil lamps. An innovative design that included a cylindrical wick and glass chimney provided brighter light and was more efficient.
The sextant was technically invented in the 16th century, but was improved and made more accurate in the 18th century. This tool was essential for navigation at sea, allowing sailors to measure the angle between celestial bodies and the horizon.
17. Modern Piano
The piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in the early 18th century, but was greatly improved throughout the 1700s. By the end of the 20th century, the piano had become what we know it today, with a range of over five octaves and the ability to play soft to loud notes.
18. Spinning Jenny
Invented by James Hargreaves in 1764, the spinning jenny was a key invention of the Industrial Revolution. This allowed workers to spin multiple balls of yarn or threads at once, greatly increasing the productivity of textile manufacturing.
About Sherry Palmer
Sherry Palmer is Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s SI Newhouse School of Public Communications and is the head of The Palmer, a consulting firm that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing.・I am the CEO of the group.Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology” he is in charge of technology and business good day new yorka regular CNN commentator and author of popular articles. daily business blog.hello bestselling authorcreator of popular free online courses, Generative AI for executives.follow @Sherry Palmer or visit Sherry Palmer.com.