To predict and then plan for the future, you have to understand what’s going on right now. To get to grips with the present, you need to comprehend what happened in the past. This may well be the value of studying history and nowhere is this more relevant than in the way we live at home.
Today, like it or not, our homes are full of microchips (microprocessors or micro-controllers or silicon chips, however you prefer to call them as well as their more recent hybrids the bionic chips). You probably already know they’re inside computers and mobile phones but they are also found in most of the simpler everyday gadgets and appliances around the house – digital weighing scales, clocks, microwaves, televisions, ipods and MP3 players, burglar alarms, central heating controls, toys and games, washing machines, remote controls and just about anything with a digital display. Our cars are full of them and are activated from the moment the “plip” is pressed to unlock the doors to the time the engine is switched off. Offices, factories and warehouses could barely operate without them. Continue reading →