“Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.”
We Live In the Best of All Possible Worlds2
Unlike Voltaire, I am not being sarcastic. Throughout history, there have been a few golden eras that had profound impacts on human knowledge transfers, scientific breakthroughs, seamless cultural integration, and expanded cross-regional trade. The fourth Dynasty of ancient Egypt (Dynasty IV),3 The Hellenic (Classical) Period of Greece with the Athenian influence,4 Pax Romana (Roman Peace) of the Roman Empire,5 the Islamic Golden Age led by the Abbasids,6 and the Tang Dynasty of China7 are a few great examples. The common thread running through all of these golden ages is an emphasis on science, ...