Maybe today is not the fastest-paced time ever. Think about it.

Patrick Heller
2 min readMay 24, 2023


1783 The Montgolfier brothers invented the hot air balloon

1800 Alessandro Volta invented the electrical circuit

1804 First steam locomotive hauled a train in South Wales

1826 Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took the first photograph

1830s Samuel Morse and others invented the telegraph

1876 Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone

1877 Thomas Edison invented the phonograph

1879 Thomas Edison invented the light bulb

1886 Karl Benz invented the automobile

1888 Nikola Tesla invented AC (Alternating Current) induction motor

1893 Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin invented the Zeppelin

1895 Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio

1895 Lumière brothers presented the first film

1903 The Wright brothers flew the first airplane

1927 Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the television

To many of you, the above lists will no doubt read like an utterly boring summation of inventions, where I see historical events unfold before my eyes. I see connections and I