The European Union, though not a country, could be considered something like the Confederation Of the Rhine before their unification by Prussia. Finally, Russia of today is still very much like the Russia of the 19th century, huge landmass, but slightly behind in terms of technology. Following the Congress of Vienna, Europe entered into the Industrial Revolution. Beginning around 1 980, the world has entered into a kind of technological revolution. Just as the Industrial Revolution was sparked by James Watt’s invention of the improved steam engine, this new technological evolution was sparked by the invention of the microchip or the computer.
Along with the development of digital technology There are many parallels to how the steam engine and the computer affected the world. Such as, the steam engine enabled people to travel faster (trains), essentially shrinking the world. In comparison, the computer shrunk the world via Internet communications and online business. Also in the same way the steam engine improved the efficiency of factories and created new machines, the computer has done all these things, but taken them to the next bevel with digital technology.
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Just as the steam engine improved people’s lives, the computer and digital technology have changed and enhanced every aspect of out lives. Like the old adage “history repeats itself”, the world seems to be in the early stages of a something like the 19th century’s Industrial Revolution. The major difference is that in this revolution the entire globe is involved instead of just one part of the world. If one looks deeper at the parallels between the two revolutions, it would seem that we have only scratched the surface of what is to come and what will be achieved.