before-and-after photos that show how fast the world changes
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  • before-and-after photos that show how fast the world changes
before-and-after photos that show how fast the world changes
THEN: If you wanted to book a flight before the internet existed, you had to call an airline, trek to an office, or contact a travel agent.
NOW: Websites and smartphone apps have transformed the way we book flights — and so much more.
THEN: In the early 2000s, selfies were often taken with a digital camera or in front of a bathroom mirror.
NOW: The popularity of selfies has exploded in the past decade, thanks to technology and social media platforms like Snapchat.
THEN: The original Macintosh desktop computer hit the market for the first time on January 24, 1984.
NOW: This is what the iMac desktop looked like in 2014.
THEN: The term "augmented reality," or AR, was coined in 1990 by Boeing researcher Tom Caudell.
NOW: In the past two decades, AR has become increasingly accessible in our everyday lives.
THEN: Computer scientist Ivan Sutherland invented the first virtual reality head-mounted display system with his student, Bob Sproull, in 1968.
NOW: Like AR technology, VR headsets have made the leap from research labs to consumers across the world.
THEN: This is what Google looked like in 1998.
NOW: This is what Google looks like today.
THEN: In 2005, Dubai's Marina district was still under heavy construction.
NOW: Today, the marina is home to towering skyscrapers, luxury apartments, and extremely wealthy visitors.
THEN: This satellite photo of Shanghai, China, was taken on April 23, 1984.
NOW: Taken in 2016, this satellite photo of Shanghai highlights the city's rapid urbanization over the past three decades.
THEN: This is what New York City's skyline looked like in 1964.
NOW: Today, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in NYC and the US.
THEN: Construction of the iconic London Eye observation wheel started in 1998.
NOW: Launched in 2000, the London Eye was officially renamed the "Coca-Cola London Eye" in January 2015.
THEN: In 1995, only 9% of US workers reported telecommuting, or working from home, for their jobs.
NOW: In 2016, 43% of US workers reported working remotely at least some of the time.
THEN: Japan built the world's first high-speed rail between Tokyo and Osaka for the 1964 Olympics. It reached speeds of up to 140 mph.
NOW: The fastest train in the world, the Maglev train in Shanghai can reach speeds of up to 267 mph.
THEN: Just ten years ago, most people hailed a taxi via a phone call or with the wave of a hand.
NOW: In a mere decade, companies like Uber and Lyft have completely transformed the way we get around.
THEN: for people using different languages to communicate each other, they had to depend on interpreters or learn foreign languages spending a long time.
NOW: In 2012, Flitto was established and it broke the language barrier so people all over the world can communicate quickly and easily!
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