Today the country is celebrating the 90th Birthday of our longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth the second.
Now, as a member of the Millenial generation, I have been around for just over a third of the Queen's reign and I am typically reliant on tech & modern workstyles. So as The Queen turns 90, I thought it would be fun to have a look at some of the changes that her majesty has been witness to in both our technological world and our workplace, during her time as Queen.
If we look back now at how the office environment was back in the 60's, some of it might seem hard to believe, which makes any noticeable changes seem drastic, but obviously, these things have changed over a long period of time.
The first thing that stands out is how mobile the workforce is today. With the right tools in hand, we can work from anywhere! With advances in technology yet to come, it wouldn't have been possible to work in this way back in the early 60's. Stripped of our devices and wi-fi access, it would be interesting to see how the likes of today's workforce would cope in that environment. Not too well would be my guess!
The 60's was a decade of change for women and the start of a long process that would work towards equal pay rights for Women in the workplace. With cigarettes and alcohol still rife during this time, the habits of the 60's office would make today's Friday lunchtime pint seem low key. And of course, how can we forget how mechanical everything was in comparison to today where everything is instant and practically effortless. No email, instant messaging, video conferencing, cloud technology etc...You either had to write a letter, pick the phone up or use those legs of yours to communicate with people back then. How awful I hear Generation Z scream!
Elizabeth became Queen on February 6th, 1952, and since then the world of Technology has been on an almighty journey. Let's take a look at just a few of the revolutionary tech inventions that we have had during The Queen's time in reign.
1962 - The first Communications Satellite called Telstar was launched. Two weeks after it's debut, President Kennedy held a press conference in Washington, D.C., that was broadcast live across the Atlantic. This was a big deal. In the same year, Nick Holonyak developed the Light Emitting Diode, more commonly known as LED and the first Computer Mouse was produced.
1969 - After much development in the world of computing through the 50's and 60's, the first Internet message was sent from the lab of computer science Professor, Leonard KleinRock, at UCLA. Little did we know exactly what this would be the start of...
1970 - James Russell invented the first digital-to-optical recording and playback system. At the time, he could not convince the music industry to adopt his invention, but 20 years later, Time Warner and other CD manufacturers paid a $30 million patent infringement settlement for it.
1973 - The first call was made from a mobile phone by Martin Cooper of Motorola to Joel Engel. "Joel, I'm calling you from a real cellular phone."
1978 - The first satellite in the modern Navstar GPS system was launched to guide nuclear subs. Now we can find locations with GPS using relatively cheap devices. It has become part of the daily norm.
1991 -The World Wide Web became publicly available and the Internet as we know it started it's journey in revolutionising the world!
These are just a few of the greats, but as we continue to venture through the millennium we have the likes of smartphones, tablets, 2-in-1 devices, wearable technology, virtual reality, driverless cars....and the list goes on!
How incredible must it be to be 90 years old, have been Queen for just over 64 of those years and have seen so many changes occur around you. This is a monarch that has seen some of the most revolutionary developments in both technology and the workplace.
I heard not too long ago that her Majesty is even partial to a tweet every now and then!
Happy Birthday Liz!