How much better are things now than in 1945?
At the end of World War II, America was on top of the world, by almost every measure. To be sure, over the following 15 years, many new consumer goods and inventions that deeply affected the lives of the average American came on the market. These included color televisions, microwaves, muscle cars and many other things.
But then, around the mid-’60s, things began to stagnate. Take jet travel, for example. The jet drastically reduced the time that business people had to spend in the air. The travel time from New York to Los Angeles in a state-of-the-art DC-7, in 1955, was over eight hours. Just five years later, that time had shrunk to less than four. Jets like the Convair 880 and 727 were some of the fastest subsonic commercial jetliners ever built. In fact, the 880 is considerably faster than any commercial jet flying today. This is somewhat incredible, if you think about it, because over long-haul flights it made quite a difference. Inter-coastal business travelers in 1960 spent a half hour to an hour less time in the air than their modern counterparts.
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Jason Hope, best known as being the founder of premium content provider Jawa, has recently began blogging and writing articles about the coming technologies of the Internet of Things. The entrepreneur predicts that, within five to ten years, people will start seeing radical changes in their everyday lives of a magnitude that hasn’t been seen in over a generation.