In the same way you don’t spare water unless you are facing a drought, technology never advanced much until it was a necessity. While I am not a supporter of war and believe that it brings little more than destruction to this world, there have been some serious technological advancements from wars in the past.
Not only were there several advances in technology but within the medical field as well. Here are our top 5 picks on advances war has brought.
1. Blood Transfusions
We have listed this as the number one advancement as it saves lives. While blood transfusions did exist before the world war I, storage of blood was not. The world had not found a safe way to store and transport blood. With the need of blood plasma out on the field with wounded soldiers, doctors worked around the clock to find a way to do just this. Dr Charels Drew, was the Pioneering mind behind blood storage. His blood banks helped save millions of lives during the war.
2. Plastic Surgery
Prior to World war II there was little need for the use of plastic surgery. With plenty of casualties Dr Harold Gillies ( known as the father of plastic surgery) devoted his time and efforts into healing soldiers with gunshot wounds to the face. His work has touched millions of lives since.
3. Railway systems and Infrastructure
The railway line was largely used to transport soldiers and supplies during the war time. Lincoln recognized the importance of laying down proper infrastructure. We have war time to thank for the boom in railway systems and automobiles. There was a huge need to transport soldiers from one point to another as fast as possible as time was always of the essence. Today Railway lines are still used to get people across the country and to work.
4. Guns and war machines
There is something about fighting with swords and arrows that makes war seem like something out of the movies. This is because technology has advanced so that we now have night vision and red dot sight. Back in the day you were not able to actively attack in the dark as to a great degree you were “blinded by night” Although the first idea of a machine gun was invented in 1717 the first proper machine gun as we know them today was invented in 1884 buy Hiram Stevens Maxim. We have him to thank for our modern automatic weapons.
Yes, you read correctly. The idea of the modern computer was invented by Alan Turing, originally called a turning machine. Alan was the first person to put together a machine which later cracked the Germans Enigma machine. It is said that his efforts greatly reduced the length of the warm and ultimately saved lives. He was never properly thanked, instead he was prosecuted for being homosexual and was sentenced to chemical castration. In 2013 he was issued a pardon for his “crimes”
As you can see, this list could very easily be pages and pages long. Telegram machines, Cell phones, Phones, Gps, Nuclear power and even pressurized cabins are just a few more things we have war to thank for.