"Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences." Freeman Dyson
For many thousands of years the growth curve of human progress was painfully slow and very gradual. Perhaps the only spike in the human social growth curve was during the Hellenistic period when Greek culture gained global prominence leading to exploration of arts, literature, theater, architecture, music, mathematics, philosophy, and science. That growth curve gained some momentum experiencing progress and prosperity.
But about 200 years ago something profound happened. Yes, you guessed it right! The industrial Revolution created a massive hike in the growth curve forcing the curve to shoot up almost ninety degrees. The growth has been phenomenal. And, it has not stopped ever since!