Stand back from the platform edge – the future of travel is fast approaching in the form of round-the-world sub-orbital spaceflight, vacation trips to the moon and human exploration of Mars. Trials have also begun on SpaceX’s hyperloop, which is basically a train travelling in a vacuum tube. When it comes to cool factor, though, we’re not quite at the level of Marty McFly’s DeLorean.
Just as with communication, technology has had a significant impact on how we travel. The oldest living person, Kane Tanaka, was born at a time when horses and carts and motor vehicles were just starting to compete for space in urban environments. In the year of her birth, the Wright brothers successfully piloted the first aeroplane. In one person’s lifetime (granted, this is an exceptionally long-lived human being), humanity has gone from animal-powered transportation to landing on the moon (using 160 000 000 horsepower of thrust to get there).
It’s clear that technology has enabled us to go further for longer, but let’s look a bit deeper.
We travel more, and greater distances
The most obvious contribution ...