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From Mars to memes; the bigger picture

Photo of Keredy Andrews Keredy Andrews 06/08/2012

Sometimes we're so wrapped up in what we do in our day-to-day lives that we neglect to look at what's going on around us and take in the way that mankind evolves on almost a daily basis. 

One day the fastest man in the world breaks his own record, the next a robot sets its first wheel on Mars in a mission that could define our activity in space for years to come. It's easy to assume that it's just luck of the draw that these things happened in such close proximity to one another, but I'd bet that every single day something changes that takes makes our species all the more advanced and more effective in doing something than we were before.

Records are, of course, there to be broken, just as technology is there to be bettered (which does affect our lives regularly, particularly here at Punch). But the rate at which we do so has probably increased over time, through a greater understanding of all manner of things, from psychology to technical sciences. It's this kind of progress and the people who make this possible who should be valued above all else – look at Tim Berners-Lee, none of the technology we see and immerse ourselves in today would have happened without people like him. I think it's easy to forget this amidst all the furore around celebrities and other miscellaneous trivialities that litters the common media in the current age and has become standard for many people.

So, next time you're in a daydream, listening to your mp3s on your smartphone or tablet, watching TV online, just think; I wonder who's going to change the world today?