- The Cracked.com article highlights nine pieces of modern technology that ancient people wouldn’t be impressed with.
- The author argues that despite their novelty, items such as vapes, electric guitars, electric razors, Gatorade, bicycles, washing machines, automatic cat feeders, Geiger counters, and solar panels would not amaze ancient civilizations.
In the Cracked.com article titled “9 Pieces of Modern Technology That Ancient People Wouldn’t Be Impressed With at All,” author Eli Yudin argues that there are several pieces of modern technology that, if brought back to ancient times, would not amaze or impress ancient civilizations.
Yudin starts the list with vapes, suggesting that the complexity of the device may not be appreciated by ancient people who have been smoking substances since the earliest days of humanity. He believes they might just see it as a strange pipe with a lit fire inside.
Next on the list is the electric guitar. Yudin posits that even if ancient civilizations were presented with an electric guitar and amplifier, they might view it as just a weird noise-making instrument, possibly mistaking it for a strange, loud pair of bagpipes.
The author goes on to discuss other items such as electric razors, Gatorade, bicycles, washing machines, automatic cat feeders, Geiger counters, and solar panels, explaining why he believes these technologies would not leave ancient people in awe.
Yudin suggests that while some of the items might be considered cool or interesting, they would not be viewed as revolutionary or groundbreaking by ancient civilizations. For example, he argues that a bicycle may be seen as a novelty but not as a complicated piece of technology. Similarly, he believes an automatic cat feeder would simply be seen as a tube that occasionally dispenses food.
Overall, Yudin’s argument is that these modern technologies, while impressive in their own right, would not astonish ancient people who were already familiar with concepts such as smoking, noise-making instruments, blade-like objects, liquids, wheels, movements, and objects that dispense food.