10 Reasons We May Be Entering a Dark Age of Technology

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    When it comes to technology, we are living in amazing times. We have practically instant communication with people all over the globe, anyone can record anything with a device in their pocket and play it back later, we have a wealth of high tech entertainment options, transportation is a breeze compared to the days of horses, and companies are now looking toward increasingly complex nanotechnology.
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    10. We Are Running Out Of A Lot Of Important Metals For Making Smartphones
    9. Technology Is Becoming Increasingly Complex And Increasingly Layered
    8. The Amount Of People Who Can Make An Entire Piece Of Technology Is Dwindling
    7. Some Arts Are Already Mostly Lost To Time And Could Be Lost Entirely
    6. Data Is Stored In Ways That May One Day Be Entirely Irretrievable
    5. If The Environment Continues To Worsen, A Lot Of Infrastructure Will Be Destroyed
    4. We May Have To Rediscover More “Primitive” Technologies From The Recent Past
    3. Global Trade Could Be Very Easily And Very Quickly Disrupted By Environmental Disaster
    2. Satellite Damage Could Further Weaken Our Ability To Communicate And Learn
    1. People Could Be More Concerned With Resources In The Near Future Than Technology
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Комментарии • 2 679

  • Christoph Breland
    Christoph Breland 51 минуту назад

    Watches aren't going anywhere they are huge business still. Maybe not like it used to be like horse riding gear but more so. Luxury watch companies are continually training people.

  • Christoph Breland
    Christoph Breland 51 минуту назад

    Watches aren't going anywhere they are huge business still. Maybe not like it used to be like horse riding gear but more so. Luxury watch companies are continually training people.

  • Sikter Efendi
    Sikter Efendi Час назад

    "...Edison and Tesla were stunning everyone at world's fair..."
    Beep, wrong! By that time Edison wasn't stunning anyone any more.

    The Westinghouse Corporation (using Tesla's patented AC technology) won the bid for illuminating The Chicago World's Fair, the first all-electric fair in history. Up against the newly formed General Electric Company (the company that had taken over the Edison Company), Westinghouse undercut GE's million-dollar bid by half. Much of GE's proposed expenses were tied to the amount copper wire necessary to utilize DC power. Westinghouse's winning bid proposed a more efficient, cost-effective AC system.

  • Knut Raven
    Knut Raven 4 часа назад

    I kinda look forward to the day society breaks due to technology... best case scenario the world would turn into a post apocalyptic anarchy where only the most fitted and best prepared would survive... this would make a huge difference for the future genes of the human race. Up until pretty recent times, our ancestors fought for survival, and due to a limited advancement in medicine, those who wasn't strong enough had a smaller chance of procreation. Today most people get the chance to procreate no matter how weak their genes are, this has led to so many problems in todays world, like the extreme overpopulation, hunger, poverty and diseases... I think a apocalypse is due to set the human race back on the right track again...

  • John Baker
    John Baker 13 часов назад

    Dont worry about the kessier syndrome, we really dont have anything in space. We dont have a way to do that yet, Nasa is FAKE.

  • Aaron Francis
    Aaron Francis 15 часов назад

    at 12:20 you imply that internet traffic is all done via satellite when in fact the vast majority of internet traffic is via submarine cabling. Where wireless links are utilized they are typically terrestrial links.

  • Cuvtixo D
    Cuvtixo D 18 часов назад

    Ridiculous. Watchmaking for example, could be learned from the internet, maybe even RU-clip videos. Skill training has been automated- Sponsors of this channel promise to do so presently. I'm surprised they haven't made a bigger fuss about the subject of this video and how dismissive it is of their business.

  • Nicholas Killmeier
    Nicholas Killmeier День назад

    LOL that blacksmith photo

  • vidsscreen
    vidsscreen День назад


  • Wolfy Kaname
    Wolfy Kaname День назад

    Sou ka? Well that is unfortunate.

  • Aj Brandt
    Aj Brandt День назад

    This is a very stupid and not well researched video. This video should be taken about as seriously as your conspiracy theory videos. The only actual world changing issue brought up in this video is climate change.

  • Kc Cel
    Kc Cel 2 дня назад

    ...this channel never fails to depress me...

  • Donald Grant
    Donald Grant 4 дня назад

    Oh and hand writing will be taught in school again. Have you seen some of the hand writing of millennials?

  • Donald Grant
    Donald Grant 4 дня назад

    AAAAAH. With technology gone then we'd have to do it the old fashioned way by having more people working. We got through with less technology and we can do it again. I know sexting would be gone, but Kodak would come back.

  • Alex Hessler
    Alex Hessler 4 дня назад +1

    Quartz watches and timekeeping devices were important for accuracy, not ease of reading the time. Accurate time keeping was also vital to navigation at sea.

  • halistine jenkins
    halistine jenkins 4 дня назад


  • David Sault
    David Sault 5 дней назад

    And separate from all the mentioned problems is the problem of rising complexity itself. More and more complexity is added every year, not just in technology, but in all areas of human endeavor. There must eventually be a "complexity collapse" when systems and individuals can no longer deal with that future level of complexity.

  • Hanan Pasha
    Hanan Pasha 9 дней назад +1

    Nice. Canada isn't involved in armed conflicts

  • Colin
    Colin 10 дней назад

    It's funny. I saw this video and the first thing I thought would be that we are at a pivotal moment when Moore's law will be hitting a wall soon. We need a paradigm shift with transistors and some other way to compute.

  • Discordian
    Discordian 10 дней назад

    Almost all of this is a problem with education. We've had the same damn education since before I was alive and I'm turning 26 this year. It was outdated when I was in school, and it's still outdated. I'm a computer scientist, no part of that is taught in elementary school or highschool where I live, you're not even taught how to use a computer properly.
    However don't brood and think no one knows most of the step-by-step processes for most technology. I began studying when I was 9, and I still study today. My goal is to know everything I possibly can for the field, and I've met one other person who does this. It isn't super marketable, as I desire extremely complex tasks, and require to be constantly learning. In terms of technology, I'd like to think other people do know these things, and you could assemble a very small team of people who could recreate most things.
    Now-a-days because of for-profit education we don't have our best and brightest in most positions today. Very far from it actually. If something happened that rendered these vast swaths of people irrelevant (any shakeup at all in most cases), we'd have drastically different economies, and a very different world. However, we wouldn't lose what we're used to overall, it just may be less accessible.

  • David Hall
    David Hall 11 дней назад

    I don’t know if Australia can go backwards any faster than it’s going. Still no cable internet to homes in 2019 I’m given up and have wireless 4G internet to my home

  • Ryan Coulter
    Ryan Coulter 11 дней назад

    And this is why i still have three manual portable typewriters. they’ll be worth their weight in gold.

  • Joseph DESTAUBIN
    Joseph DESTAUBIN 12 дней назад

    The phrase you're looking for is "hyper specialization".

  • TheCrazyGamer
    TheCrazyGamer 13 дней назад

    What are you doing vsauce?!?!

  • DuskyPredator
    DuskyPredator 18 дней назад

    Well, we are screwed. Who wants to join my raider gang?

  • Ed Jonson
    Ed Jonson 18 дней назад

    Stop with that natural disasters bs

  • Don Johnson
    Don Johnson 19 дней назад

    You are showing more and more bias.....

  • Don Johnson
    Don Johnson 19 дней назад

    Soooooo...No pics of Ping? 2 sides of the trade war.

  • Don Johnson
    Don Johnson 19 дней назад

    Woo Hoo.....Time to start moving forward with space travel. Moon mining anyone?

  • Serai3
    Serai3 20 дней назад

    Gee, you mean all these innovations were leaped into without anyone thinking about whether they would be sustainable? SO IT AIN'T SO. * snortgigglesnort *

  • Lark Only
    Lark Only 20 дней назад

    Doesn't the planet supporting life take precedence over the preservation of knowledge? Loss of data seems the least of our worries.

  • Xadion
    Xadion 24 дня назад

    I wonder how much precious metals and energy AIs and robots will require. You cannot expect to build a human-like artificial sentient entity and expect it to consume the amount of energy of a toaster.

  • Cheng Chi Man
    Cheng Chi Man 24 дня назад

    Buy only durable products and use as long as you can

  • Sean Williams
    Sean Williams 25 дней назад

    The telegraph, really?! You think we wouldn't be able to make telephones or teletypes instead? Why not go the whole hog and say we'll be back to semaphores and smoke signals?

  • Zeno Stoikos
    Zeno Stoikos 25 дней назад

    I'm disappointed that the top comment wasn't a WH40K ref u_u

  • Shaun Summers
    Shaun Summers 26 дней назад

    I normally like your videos but this one is a pile of garbage.

  • Michelle Burkholder
    Michelle Burkholder 27 дней назад

    I wouldn't mind going back to 1975. Kill the cell phone build real community, like talk to your neighbors.

  • iain rocks
    iain rocks 27 дней назад

    All nonsense.

  • Jessieka Walker
    Jessieka Walker 27 дней назад

    Ok the dark ages where actually dark .
    Volcano ash blocked the sun after the mega eruption. So unless chump startes dropping nukes.
    Or puttin launches from south america.

  • kairon156
    kairon156 27 дней назад

    While that libary was a grate loss, I'm sure it wasn't the only place back than to hold and distribute books.
    While not being able to recycle ewaste sucks we'll be able to mine astroids within the next 30-50 years.

  • Trung Nguyen
    Trung Nguyen 27 дней назад

    we may have returned to the necessary economy, to peace and help people.

  • Ronald Williamson
    Ronald Williamson 28 дней назад

    Mechanical timepieces are pretty common.

  • Wand ItUp
    Wand ItUp 28 дней назад

    This video is so sad. Alexa establish world peace.

  • Kyle Miller
    Kyle Miller 29 дней назад

    Until someone mines an asteroid

  • sdmitch16
    sdmitch16 29 дней назад

    This is why it's so important to have a space colony. One planet will always have the means to read technology.

  • 4one14
    4one14 Месяц назад

    Watchmaking was also essential to our ability to explore and map the world by solving the longitude problem of navigation.

  • kayakchrispy
    kayakchrispy Месяц назад

    The Professor from Gilligans island could solve some of these issues

  • Jack Rabbit
    Jack Rabbit Месяц назад

    Fact is our quality of life has not been improved one iota with all this electronic technology - quite the opposite: we have become detached from one another and our natural world, steeped in banal trivialities offered up on the net, people no longer use their brains much, deferring to "instant"bits of information that has been pre-digested for them, more vulnerable and so on. Computer technology is much over-rated, and recent so-called improvements are nothing of the sort, rather, things re crammed with "features", most of which are useless and unnecessary, making the devices more complicated and less intuitive to use.

  • Mike Quinton
    Mike Quinton Месяц назад

    Thank goodness....bring back the typewriter....I still have mine

  • Kaiserland111
    Kaiserland111 Месяц назад

    "And if a natural disaster" is bad enough, we could all just die tomorrow. Such a pessimistic view of the future. This isn't Warhammer 40k

  • Ben Brown
    Ben Brown Месяц назад

    Saw Dark age of technology, was hopeing to see something about the Men of Iron or the Man-emporer of mankind.

  • Andrew James
    Andrew James Месяц назад

    ha. the ad on the video was that one with the tv screen that moves up and down

  • 100% Drunk
    100% Drunk Месяц назад

    I havent upgraded my phone, the new phones suck!
    The reason you dont see single inventors is they get killed off, eg Jan Sloot
    There is a problem with radio - all the frequencies have been sold off to cellphone carriers.

  • Danish Joshi
    Danish Joshi Месяц назад

    Coders for the win ! Lol 😂.

  • Tanya Dowson
    Tanya Dowson Месяц назад

    OMG I have been saying this for years... and what's more, he's right, we are ALL citizens of Planet Earth..... talk about history repeating itself !! We should be looking to heal our world instead of passing our mistakes onto our children. GREED

  • emil merenheimo
    emil merenheimo Месяц назад

    Progress and technology usually evolves with war. computers, internet and all kind of luxuries we use today were originally invented for ww2 I believe that before we have a new war technology will not evolve significantly

  • Jock Ronayne
    Jock Ronayne Месяц назад

    So I guess you would describe yourself as a "glass half full" type of guy?

  • Peter Stawicki
    Peter Stawicki Месяц назад

    everything he says about hurricane seasons and how horrible they truly are just look back at the record of the last hundred years hurricane seasons have not been bad in the last 10 years at the very least and this is just one more b******* lie about global warming

  • Sntx _
    Sntx _ Месяц назад +1

    Battle between Apple and Android, I'm out.

  • BFK
    BFK Месяц назад

    The robo callers are taking over

  • Jason Wood
    Jason Wood Месяц назад

    After the apocalypse I'm going to make a living teaching hunting bros how to survive without night scopes and sniper rounds.

  • VobisPacem
    VobisPacem Месяц назад

    Great video but simply untrue.
    Energy: we are developing more and more solar etc energy, and in next century we will harness kinetic earth, fusion, etc.
    Metals: we will use other materials. Any chemist knows those properties are available in other compounds or elements.
    A metal is used in electronics not because there is no substitute but because of industrial convenience.
    Specialization: work coordination is organic while the whole population is more and more educated not less. Reference sources become more efficient and industrial secrets are disclosed as patents expire.
    So, no, no dark age.
    As long as we don't do stupid things like societal regression or nuclear warfare, the future is very bright.

  • The Seattle Cyclist
    The Seattle Cyclist Месяц назад

    Vsause Micheal here? Only British?

  • Darrin Scott
    Darrin Scott Месяц назад

    Praise the Omnissiah

    ARMED DEFENSE Месяц назад

    i never thought about satellites crashing into each other, better stock up on canned foods and water

  • Charles Watson
    Charles Watson Месяц назад

    Try to find typewriter repairmen.

  • Ruben Leal
    Ruben Leal Месяц назад

    First-world, narrow-minded nonsense.
    I lived in Colombia, South America for 4 years. My car's frame was damage to a level in which in the US, it would have been totaled. I sat and watched three men bend metal with some of the most basic items and elements, over a 2hr period. No parts replaced, yet my car drove better and straighter than when it was new.
    On another occasion, I saw a man add a room to his house with no more than bamboo, palm leaves, and twine made from bamboo fiber.
    This is what third-world migrants can bring to the first world: Basic human skill and art.

  • Frank
    Frank Месяц назад

    He failed to mention the primary reason we are already dealing with in the processor realm for most computers; Moore’s Law. We have got a point where processors don’t really appear to be rocketing up in speed as they were just ten years ago. This is because we have started to reach a point where the current type of processor architecture is physically unable to work faster and we require more processors of this type in gain more speed. This is why multi core processors have become a thing. In order to build a faster single processor we will need to explore other mathematical systems of logic such Trinary (ternary) processors to gain a higher processing density and be able to compute more complex problems.

  • Victor Y.
    Victor Y. Месяц назад


  • Sol Rosenberg
    Sol Rosenberg Месяц назад

    "Hurricanes are getting worse"
    That's right, most of the most deadliest and costliest hurricanes ever happened in the 1800's and before then.

  • JM1993951
    JM1993951 Месяц назад

    The migrant "crisis" is only a crisis in so far as politicians use it to rile up white supremacist fears.

  • petrol devo
    petrol devo Месяц назад

    Apparently ! When we keep mining and drilling for oil, eventually we'll run out. Thats one of the biggest problems we keep using up resources, but never put back or find a way to use other materials in place of resources running out before we run out.

  • Lauren Doe
    Lauren Doe Месяц назад

    Bringing up the fact that the information on how to build a computer requires a computer to access it reminds me of the days where some Video Cassette Recorders (VCRs) came with a video cassette explaining how to hook up the VCR.

  • add0x
    add0x Месяц назад

    Fusion energy; fusile nucleosynthesis; and decay-proof, contingent, universal, documentation of everything. It's really an enormous project, but it can be done. I just hope Mr. Burns and Elon Musk can agree on this one youtube _(The Simpsons episode (season 26, episode 12))_-- it's going to need a crap-ton of funding and brain-power (both characters possess both attributes).

  • nomikes
    nomikes Месяц назад

    I get it. The United States should continue paying every one else's tab

  • Darren Miller
    Darren Miller Месяц назад

    At the 8 minute mark, you waffled on climate change. Climate change is human caused and not a mix of different "things". There is no credible science that can discredit this fact. The earth's tilt and elliptical orbit do not count. The Earth is warming because of the greenhouse effect. Just say it.

  • Bryan Ferguson
    Bryan Ferguson Месяц назад

    Sooo one of the ads that came up was a full Rondo9 (whoever that is) music video. I’m not personally offended, but I’m sure some of your viewers wouldn’t appreciate the frequent N words and other swear words being dropped... RU-clip shouldn’t allow profanity on Ads...

  • Seamus Howling
    Seamus Howling Месяц назад

    We iz running out of nanometers.

  • Tony Tone
    Tony Tone Месяц назад

    How many channels does Simon have? I know of this one as #3...

  • Robert Palumbo
    Robert Palumbo Месяц назад

    Or 1995 year 1 after internet

  • Robert Palumbo
    Robert Palumbo Месяц назад

    The dark age of technology was in 2010

  • Nicula Andrei
    Nicula Andrei Месяц назад

    OO I cant wait for The DARK AGE OF THECNOLOGY 40k

  • Mystee Pulcine
    Mystee Pulcine Месяц назад

    That blacksmith is missing many key pieces of PPE.

  • kaiza94
    kaiza94 Месяц назад

    This is very misinforming. I expacted more from this channel. there are still millions upon millions of people who wear a wristwatch ever day. With an incredebal market for watches. Also thinking we would ever go back to telegraphs and radio only is just plane dumb.

  • Last Name Here
    Last Name Here Месяц назад

    You are distractingly handsome

  • Paul Ziolo
    Paul Ziolo Месяц назад

    What’s wrong with dumb phones? Actually, they were always far more reliable.

  • DanceySteve
    DanceySteve Месяц назад

    Why doesn't the haptic gyroscope movement throughout the day get transferred into charge? (like a wrist watch does with movement) or surely a solar power phone screen must exist by now? Surely. I realise these functions wouldn't give you perpetually charged phone, but the added 10-20% from Kinetic and Solar Screen would be a viable option for me to think about a purchase

  • Javier Carrera
    Javier Carrera Месяц назад

    One of the best and more useful videos of our time

  • Maine man
    Maine man Месяц назад

    dude, you should say after each breath, this is my opinion, we welcome yours. didn't believe a word you said, you're speaking like this is a 100% fact, when it's not. It's your opinion dude.

  • greg taylor
    greg taylor Месяц назад

    Technology is like a drug the more you want the more you need. We are all tech addicts

  • James Vaughan
    James Vaughan 2 месяца назад

    To all of this I've one comment: Easter Island. Figure it out.

  • Luke Youngs
    Luke Youngs 2 месяца назад

    Primitive Solar Power LOL

  • Ricky Sanchez
    Ricky Sanchez 2 месяца назад

    Global warming again? Give me a break. It’s there are 8 + billion people.

  • Siebert Giovanni Kalele
    Siebert Giovanni Kalele 2 месяца назад


  • Thomas Darby
    Thomas Darby 2 месяца назад

    You touched on a subject that I'm hoping you have time to delve into further. Our modern high-tech world is replacing old-fashioned skills. A new, handmade Swiss watch can cost more than a mid-size sedan. That's because they are made by hand, to order, by skilled craftsmen... and their skills are dying out. So... what if we had an EMP blast, that basically sent our technology back to 1880? Or is that even possible? So: Top Ten Changes to the World caused by an EMP blast. Think of a better title, though.

  • Thomas Kent
    Thomas Kent 2 месяца назад

    People have been saying this since Malthus. We don't know at this time when the next truly revolutionary may come around the bend but we do know there are a constant list of new things everyday. People who we don't know or even where they are working can come up with an entirely new idea that can change all of modern society.

  • Cullen Kelley
    Cullen Kelley 2 месяца назад

    This is really bias and his political leaning bleeds through excessively. I normally like these vids or at least consider the points he makes. This one well I can tell you right now that not only is our tech fine if anything were to happen their are absurdly well protected vaults around the world that document how to make practically everything. These are maintained by International agreements between countries and can easy sustain themselves for hundreds of years. Second we are actually getting pretty close to a tech 'cap' so to say as nano tech is getting to the point where physics will not allow as to go smaller. I had a discussion with and engineering major and myself a cyber sec major and he explained why it's so damn hard to get these thing to the size they are. This actually can be seen in the newest forms of tech like the new gtx graphics cards are only slightly better than the existing 1080 ti etc.

  • Joshan Ryu
    Joshan Ryu 2 месяца назад

    It's comfortable to ignore the world's problems, and the video is exaggerating since countermeasures are being explored, BUT there are things that simple have no viable solution.
    Removing Space junk is nearly impossible or time-consuming and super expensive at best. Then there's the obvious environmental changes that we cannot stop. Humanity isn't really getting dumber, but there is a huge gap between the average person and specialists needed to make our society function..
    You don't even need a disaster to cripple the world. Just murder a bunch of specialists that are irreplaceable in their field and technological advances will slow down for years, maybe decades. We don't have enough 'adults' running the show.

  • Nicholas Farrell
    Nicholas Farrell 2 месяца назад

    For the record, I don't wear a watch because my skin is so greasy that it guns up the various moving parts in a few days. Tried keeping them clean, but it absolutely does not work.

  • Lilith V.
    Lilith V. 3 месяца назад

    All of that is a problem for people who don't know how to garden, use a gun for hunting and self defense, or build a home.