War is a distinct part of human nature. Billions of individuals have dies as the result of such conflicts throughout the years and yet, the dawn of mechanised warfare completely transformed the arena of conflict. Deaths are now measured in exponential units as opposed to single or double digits. The First and Second World Wars are perfect examples of this evolution.
Ironically enough, these very same advancements have caused ongoing technological revolutions. In fact, many of the machines that we have come to rely upon today can trace their roots back to 20th century conflicts. Let's take a look at some surprising examples of this observation.A Surprising Number of ApplicationsPragmatism is a defining aspect of any conflict. In other words, the side that is able to leverage the most relevant technology will often emerge victorious.
This is why tend to "fast track" the development of specific devices if they can positively impact the war effort. Here are some examples of seemingly everyday items that can be followed back to the two world wars:
- Sanitary napkins
- Tanning beds
- Tea bags
- The common wristwatch
- Trench coats (as the name suggests)
- Vegan sausages
Members of the public can unwittingly contribute to the military industrial complex on occasion.A Two-Way StreetInventors are indeed a strange breed of individual. Some enjoy creating smartphone game applications while others could instead be interested in building chain reaction machines for nothing more than a bit of amusement. However, there are also times when these very same innovations could be translated into the military community.For instance, it is not likely that the Wright brothers were considering the wartime applications of their plane when it first took flight in Kitty Hawk. The individual who invented the chariot was likely searching for a better means to transport goods as opposed to doing battle within an arena.
Even social media can now be used to influence and even demoralise an entire population. Mobile phones can likewise be tracked; displaying the location of a high-value target. So, we can see that technology both on and off of the battlefield has had a profound influence upon our daily lives.This leads to an important question. Is war a necessary part of human evolution? Do such situations spur our inventive nature? It would certainly seem so from a specific point of view.
Still, it is undeniable that the human cost of major conflicts far outweighs any inventions that might have occurred as an ancillary result. Until we discover a new way to solve economic and geopolitical disparities, there is no doubt that war will continue remain ingrained within every society.