On our cultural day, I elected to go to the Munich Technical Museum. This was an all-morning event as it encompassed decades of technological advancements in countless topic maters. We toured the museum at our leisure and explored how technology was innovated over the years. We looked at aviation, ocean transportation, power generation, environmental, machinery, musical instruments, and many more topics.
This visit taught me that innovation is never complete. Each iteration of a piece of technology was thought to be the most advance, the best, and the pinnacle. But without doubt, that product (a masterpiece in it’s time) was surpassed with a better, more efficient version. Engineers and other technical people kept working towards innovation. Furthermore, a lone worker developed none of these technologies. It takes teams of workers years to develop such innovation and more often than not, especially in today’s workforce, these teams require global collaboration.
If the team isn’t inherently global, the impact sure is. The items in this museum all had such a global impact. Whether it be bettering the world’s environment through population and carbon-usage tracking or uniting the world through global transportation over land and sea, the impact of these technologies had and continue to have an incredible global presence. When developing these technologies, you are not an employee of a company or an individual researcher; you are in service for the whole world. The entire globe will feel the impact of your work.
Art museums are nice and very introspective, but a technical museum is something completely different. I would highly recommend attending a technical museum at some point to see first hand where our technology began and just how far we have come in such a short period of time. It will open your mind to the thought that innovation is never finished.
By Ilma Alfadila