Everything has its own golden age- a time of high achievement and prosperity, which don’t often stay long and by the time we realize we were in a golden era of something, things and circumstance change and we are late to exploit the situation.
Here are 9 things we are, perhaps, currently in the golden age of but we are unaware of.
1. A peaceful world
Believe it or not, the present era we are living in is the most peaceful time that the world has ever known. Contrary to what impression we might get by watching the news channels and reading the newspapers, violence in the world is at staggering low and much credit for it goes to the increase in number of countries having nuclear warheads which prevents one country from attacking another.
2. Unregulated Internet
A hundred years from today, people are going to look back at this time and say that ‘in the beginning of the 21st century, everything changed’. A neutral, uncontrolled Internet today is possibly in its golden age before the governments start screwing it. Attempts are already being made to control it.
Internet has changed everything, brought the world closer, triggered sharing of unfathomable information and accelerated the rate of progress in everything, but it is going to remain the same is a risky statement to make.
There has never been a time before when accessibility to information was so much easy. We now can have every sort of information we need at the tip of our fingers at the advent of internet and people are becoming more informed on every subject. No one needs to rush to libraries and rummage for a particular book to read about something.
Along with information this is also proving to be a golden age for misinformation. As more people are having access to internet, misinformation or fake information is becoming a headache for internet giants like Facebook and Google who are trying to find ways to control this. Social media, in particular, is a giant space to easily spot misleading click-bait articles and the sad part is, a great number of people are gullible enough to fall for them.
5. Television series
In the recent times, television has really surprised the entertainment industry with the quality contents and creativity and is overtaking even the mainstream movies in terms of production, storytelling, technology and developing character. Shows like ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Stranger Things’ have created and broken several records and such has been the impact of television that directors like Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen have migrated from film to TV.
6. Superhero movies
The clear indication that we are living in the golden age of superhero movies is the fact that in 2017 alone, six live-action superhero Hollywood movies were released (Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Justice League) which did a combined business of more than $4 billion worldwide, breaking every existing record. Even the recent trailer of ‘Avengers: Infinite War’ broke several records.
With the Winklevoss brothers becoming the first bitcoin billionaires, there should not be second thoughts that cryptocurriencies are certainly the face of the future and what makes them popular is the fact that there are least or no government regulations on these currencies.
Viewing the possibilities in future, this is perhaps the best time to invest in cryptocurriencies as their values are skyrocketing, though they are yet to become hugely popular and governments are not till now much occupied to find ways to regulate them.
To give an idea how their values are increasing, if back in the year 2010 someone could have invested Rs. 5,000 in bitcoins, their values today in 2017 would be more than Rs. 10,00,000.
8. Mobile Internet (in India)
Since Reliance Jio’s entry in the Indian telecom market in 2016, the consumption of mobile data by the Indians have increased from 20 crore GB per month in the year 2016 to 150 crore GB per month in 2017, which is the highest globally. Data tariff cost fell from Rs. 250 per GB to Rs. 50 per GB during the same while average revenue per user went down to Rs. 68 from Rs. 180. Irrespective of what the plan of Jio is for the future, this is perhaps the golden age of mobile internet users in the country.
9. Golden age of golden ages
We are at a juncture of civilization when everything seems to be getting better and internet is perhaps the greatest factor behind the surge. We are making ground breaking progress in astronomy, transportation, communication and everything else. We are truly living in the golden age of golden ages.