GREAT ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY
The technological advances of the twentieth
century, especially during its last quarter, were without
historical precedent. Many technological instruments that
were unknown just 100 years ago have become integral parts
of our lives. The gap between the technology of the previous
century and of today has reached unimaginable dimensions.
Current developments provide important signs regarding the
technological advances from which people will benefit in
the Golden Age.
That age's technological advances will provide
great comfort and ease to people's lives. The time spent
at home, at one's job, and in school will be comfortable,
enjoyable, and pleasant. Housework, shopping, security systems,
heating, ventilation, electricity are just a few of the
things that will be monitored by computers. Robots will
replace human labor in many areas. In their comfortable
armchairs, watching television, people will be able to handle
their work through remote-controlled robots. Scientists
predict that housework, instrument maintenance, removing
of dust at home will be done by robots, some as small as
nanochips. By Allah's Will, all of these predictions will
come true, and the majority of time-consuming tasks will
be accomplished by technological instruments.
Technology will present the beauties of the
world to people. Through high-tech television, people will
have the privilege to see and enjoy three-dimensional environments
and even to participate in recreational activities and games.
Virtual reality technology will enhance learning and provide
people with valuable life skills.
The extensive use of computers and Internet
technologies will bring radical changes to education. Home-schooling
will be easier and more involved with the developing virtual
reality technologies. More efficient learning systems, which
will rely on gaining personal experience through virtual
reality technologies or the Internet, will replace the classical
education methods, which are based on memorization. Virtual
reality is used extensively today in training. For example,
environments that may be hazardous in the real world can
be simulated quite easily by using virtual reality technology.
Thanks to this technology, pilot training, for instance,
has become safe. In the Golden Age, these technologies will
be applied from business and planning to manufacturing and
entertainment, and to many diverse business domains.
The radical changes due to appear in education
and training in the Golden Age will benefit entire nations.
As is the case with all other times, those people of the
Golden Age who live according to the real spirit of the
Qur'an's moral teachings will attain all of the beauty,
comfort, and ease that they deserve. They will live amidst
Advances in Transportation
Advances in transportation will offer comfort
and security and minimize time loss. New highways and high-tech
vehicles will be instrumental in preventing accidents.
The extensive use of underground transportation
will eliminate traffic congestion. Electricity, solar energy,
or wind power will replace the air polluting fuel oils used
in vehicles and thus make cities more livable places.
Supersonic planes, trains, and other high-tech
vehicles will offer all the comforts one may need. More
importantly, this technology will serve everyone, and not
just a particular part of the world's population. All people
will have access to the same technology, and discrimination
of Technological Advancement In The End Times
advances witnessed in the last two decades of the
twentieth century were unprecedented in world history.
Many technological instruments we had no idea of even
100 years ago are now integral parts of our lives.
Cellular phones, for instance, described as a product
of "space technology" in the journals of
the 1980s, are now the most ordinary means of communication.
These rapid scientific and technological developments
provide clues about the sort of technology that people
will enjoy in the Golden Age.
The first sound recording was done by Thomas Edison
in 1877. During the last two decades, sound quality
has attained perfection in terms of quality.
Until the 1960s, television-related technology could
only produce black and white televisions. Today, televisions
offer three-dimensional images and high-quality sound.
Since Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in
1876, communication technology has developed rapidly
and become widespread. The production of cellular phones
was a technological breakthrough. The next big step
in communication technology is expected to be video-phones.
The twentieth century's greatest breakthrough was computer
technology. There is a tremendous gap between the first
bulky computers and the modern computers of today. In
many areas, ranging from medicine to education and from
science to agriculture, computers have changed the course
of our lives.
Over the last 140 years of photography, cameras have
evolved into hundreds of species, ranging from single-use
pocket cameras to 4x5" studio cameras. Bridging
the gap to digital imaging took place during the last
|In the Golden Age, more efficient
learning systems that rely on gaining personal
experience through virtual reality technologies
or the Internet will replace the classical education
methods, which are based on the mere memorization
of learning material.
Environments that may be hazardous in the real world
can be simulated using virtual reality technology. Thanks
to this technology, pilot training, for instance, has
become safe. In the Golden Age, these technologies will
be used in all fields ranging from business and planning
to manufacturing and entertainment.
It will be easier to notice the flaws and find solutions
for someone who is trained in car manufacturing in a
virtual environment. Thus, experience and quality will
replace education based on memorizing.
Technological advances in the Golden Age will
add great comfort, ease, and joy to people's lives.
However, these benefits will not be confined to
a handful of people but will be available to all
Employing robots in technology or housework
will offer great comfort.
In the Golden Age, technological advances in transportation
will put new energy resources to use. Electricity, solar
energy, or wind power will replace air-polluting fuel
oils used in vehicles, and thus will make cities more
The transition from steam locomotive to supersonic trains
has been very rapid. But in the Golden Age, aside from
speed, security and comfort also will gain importance.
The extensive use of underground transportation will
improve all cities' beauty and eliminate traffic congestion.
As a result, people will live in more beautiful and
Advances in Communication
Great advances in communication will provide
very rapid communication and information exchange among
all people, regardless of location. Satellite-based telecommunication
networking, in particular, will provide tremendously rapid
communication, and holographic telephones will introduce
a new dimension to communication by projecting a life-size
holographic image of the person being called.
Computer and Internet Technology in Humanity's Service
Computer technologies will surely play a great
role in the abundance of blessings. Today, computers are
improving life quality in houses, workplaces, medicine,
communication, the arts, and so on. In the Golden Age, these
developments will accelerate in the socioeconomic domain
on a global basis and bring more comfort to humanity.
In the twentieth century, Internet technology
opened a new era by making communication and information
sharing almost instantaneous. Learning, reading an international
organization's reports, researching in a library, getting
news, learning about technological developments and relevant
comments now takes only a few minutes. As a result, comprehensive
information collection that used to take long years of research
can now be done with a minimum of effort.
As the Internet has overcome all obstacles
to sharing accumulated information, all people and nations
can have access to it. The ever-developing Internet technologies
will have more to offer in the future.
One point deserves a special mention here.
At no time in human history has the world witnessed such
rapid development. In particular, the twentieth century's
technological developments have been unprecedented. Only
100 years ago, no one could have imagined the world in which
we live today. Only 15 or 20 years ago, people would have
seen the Internet as a very advanced technology that could
only be attained maybe after 100 years. Each of these developments
indicates that humanity is approaching a very important
time. It appears that the Golden Age will be a glorious
time when people will benefit from all sorts of technology
and thousands of blessings.
Technological Revolution in Energy
The energy age that began with the Industrial
Revolution, usually considered to designate the period of
1750-1830 in Britain, reached a defining point with the
technological developments of the twentieth century. In
the coming 50 years, the world's population is expected
to double and energy consumption to triple. Meanwhile, according
to the best estimations, available oil reserves will meet
humanity's needs for no longer than a century. Natural gas
reserves, on the other hand, will be exhausted within a
few decades. These facts have led scientists to turn their
attention to cheaper and readily available energy sources,
such as the sun, wind, and water.
Energy production from non-polluting sources
is the major development of the foreseeable future. For
instance, wind power will make coastal cities, in particular,
less dependent on customary energy supplies and promote
economic development by lessening dependency on foreign
supplies and thereby increasing the general welfare. Wind
power's non-abating nature and easy-accessibility have encouraged
scientists to focus on producing renewable energy from wind.
Solar energy is another potential energy source.
On an annual basis, Earth receives an amount of solar energy
that amounts to 15,000 times our total current energy consumption.
The solar energy received over a 20-day period equals the
world's total energy reserves. Therefore, the efficient
use of these resources will end our oil dependency.
Thanks to the Internet, any development that occurs
in any part of the world will be communicated to all
nations. The Internet will eliminate all problems related
to information sharing. The advance of science and technology
in the Golden Age will make the Internet a better means
to serve to humanity.
Thanks to fiber optic cables, the concept of distance
will lose its meaning in the Golden Age. The network
of fiber optic cables covering the entire world will
provide rapid information exchange and communication
to such an extent that information filling millions
of volumes of books will be conveyed to another continent
in less than a second.
The significance of putting all energy resources to
use is better understood if we consider that the sunlight
received by Earth in only 20 days equals the world's
total energy reserves.
The efficient use of solar energy and wind power will
end dependency on oil. These alternative sources of
energy will meet all energy needs in houses, transportation,
heating, or appliances.