Monday, 7 April 2014
Post-Apocalyptic A to Z: Forgotten Technology
This is an exploded electrolytic capacitor. Could you fix it? Could you build a new one? Do you even know what it does?
I answered no to all three questions, and I have a feeling most people are the same. If civilization ever fell, how many people would be left who knew how to make or fix this essential piece of electronic gear? With our ever-increasing reliance on technology, we are getting more and more removed from how items in our daily lives function.
Which makes for some interesting speculation for post-apocalyptic writers. Survivors would focus on simple technology like farming and guns, and within a generation there may be no one who knew how to make a circuit board or fix an AM transmitter. As civilization tried to rebuild, old electronics textbooks and Chilton manuals would become prized possessions. We'd have to relearn a century of technological development.
Of course, there might be a secret society out in the wilderness somewhere that's preserving all the old knowledge, waiting for a time to build anew. . .
Thanks for stopping by my post-apocalyptic A to Z! Today and tomorrow, by post-apocalyptic story The Scavenger is free on Amazon. Feel free to pick one up, I'd love to hear your honest opinion.
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