Technology


TL

Date*

Description

Key Technology

0

na

None

na

0.5

40,000 BC

Paleolithic

flint tools

1

10,000 BC

Neolithic

agriculture

1.5

4,000 BC

Bronze Age

writing, water wheel

2

1,000 BC

Iron Age

philosophy, math

2.5

0 AD

Roman Empire

water mills, aqueduct

2.75

700 AD

Dark Ages

windmill, sword

3

1300 AD

Middle Ages

gunpowder, spinning wheel

3.5

1500 AD

Renaissance

blue water sailing, copernican theory

4

1800 AD

Industrial Revolution

modern firearms, telegraph, steam engine, battery

4.5

1900 AD

WWI

airplane, telephone, electrical power

5

1950 AD

Atomic Age

jet aircraft, fission, icbm

5.5

2000 AD

Information Age

personal computer, internet, virtual reality, human genome

6

2050 AD

Interplanetary

thermonuclear power, clean fission power, interplanetary travel

7

2100 AD

Interstellar

FTL travel

8

2200 AD

Galactic

 

9

2300 AD

Intergalactic

 

10

2400 AD

Interuniversal

 

Note: *the dates given are for Western technological development, especially after 1000 BC. The Chinese were about 500-1000 years ahead of the West up until 400AD or so, whereupon significant technological advancement seems to have slowed almost to nothing.

It is, of course, important to remember that the historical sequence of discovery and invention was hardly inevitable, nor is it an indication of prerequisites for maintaining technology. Many quite modern advances could potentially have been made long ago. The Chinese developed technologies in a different order, and despite (or perhaps because of) a considerable head start and an apparently more stable and wealthy society, did not continue to lead the way.


Different kinds of technology

Hard Tech. This is technology based fundamentally on physics and chemistry.

Soft Tech. This is technology based on the life sciences, particulaly agriculture, medicine, and genetic engineering.

Magic Tech. This is used to represent degrees of magical advancement.

Psionic Tech. This is used to represent degrees of psionic advancement.