Thinking about time and human progress is pretty mind-bending.

The Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago, and single-celled organisms have existed for about 4 billion of them. Yet, modern humans have only been around 50,000 to 200,000 years, depending on how you define “modern”.

About 30,000 years ago, we domesticated the first animals. Thousands of years later, we used metal for the first time.

If the Earth was only 24 hours old, modern humans have been around since 11:59:59pm – for just one second of time.

The History of Technology

Despite this relatively short stint on Earth, our technological progress has been pretty incredible. The following infographic from Futurism tells the story of the history of technology.

It starts with the beginning of life on Earth, and goes until the founding of early modern technologies, such as the first computer and nuclear power.

Technology History

Want more infographics on the history of technology?

See the evolution of battery technology, the history of the video games market, or the evolution of wearable technology.

Article by Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist