Top 10 Incredible TECHNOLOGIES You Can’t Use


10 Incredible Technologies You Can’t Use 10. Damascus Steel During the Middle Ages, swords made out of
a metal known as Damascus Steel were produced in the Middle East, by using a raw material
known as “wootz,” brought there from India and Sri Lanka. This Damascus Steel was so
strong that it was said it could cut through any other type of sword. By examining the
steel, scientists could deduce that it had a high concentration of carbon in its mixture,
making it much stronger than regular steel, but at the same time, flexible enough to not
shatter on impact. Even though people now know the composition
of Damascus Steel, they don’t know the exact process through which the medieval Arabs were
able to make it. According to Dr. Helmut Nickel, curator of the Arms and Armor Division of
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, legend says that the best blades were quenched
in “dragon blood.” What this “dragon blood” really was is a matter of debate
and possibly the key to making Damascus steel. Some stories say that such blades were quenched
in donkey urine, or that of a redheaded boy (gingers are the work of the devil, after
all), or even plunging the still red hot blade into the body of a muscular slave so that
“his strength would be transferred to the sword.” While all these processes were based
on superstition, Dr. Nickel believes that all of them contributed to the process by
adding nitrogen to the alloy. Whatever the case, the exact recipe was lost,
due in part to the secrecy with which the blacksmiths were making the alloy, as well
as the emergence of gunpowder. Other theories say that the wootz ore ran low, and they could
no longer make Damascus Steel. The period in which this super steel disappeared was
around 1750 AD. 9. Vitrum Flexile (Flexible Glass) The story behind flexible glass is more of
a legend than anything else. The “tale” takes place in Ancient Rome during Emperor
Tiberius’ rule (14-37 AD). It is said that one day, a glassmaker requested an audience
at the imperial court in order to present a glass vial to the Emperor. After Tiberius
examined it and saw nothing out of the ordinary, the glassmaker took the vial and threw it
to the ground. Instead of shattering like any other ordinary glass vial should, it just
bent slightly at the point of impact. With the use of a small hammer he was even able
to restore the bottle to its original shape. Seeing this, the Emperor, truly amazed, asked
the glassmaker if he revealed his invention to anyone else. After saying no, Tiberius
had the glassmaker killed and his workshop burned, fearing that the new invention would
undermine the value of gold and silver in the imperial treasury and collapse the economy.
While it is quite possible this would had been the economic outcome, had the glassmaker
begun producing the vitrum flexile, it also made sure nobody would ever see or use this
technological marvel for the next 2,000 years. Normal glass is based on silicon dioxide (sand)
with sodium and calcium as the metal oxides. But scientists nowadays believe that in order
to make vitrum flexile, boric acid or borax should also be added to the mix. Our glassmaker
might have had access to this element, either brought to Rome via the Silk Road, all the
way from a remote region in Tibet, or he found some lying around near the steam vents of
the Tuscan Maremma, north of Rome. In 2012, the American glass and ceramics company Corning
introduced a new product called “Willow Glass,” which is very flexible and used
in the construction of solar energy collectors. The only difference is that this glass can’t
be returned to its original state. 8. Mithridatium: An Antidote to All Poisons An antidote to all poisons, as well as a cure
to many ailments, is said to have been developed by king Mithridates VI of Pontus, and then
later refined by the personal physician of Emperor Nero of Rome. According to historians,
the original formula was lost, but did manage to survive as late as the Renaissance, with
some mentions in the German, French, and Spanish pharmacopoeias of the 19th century. It is
almost certain that by this point, the original recipe would have been lost already. Nevertheless, some say that among the 36 ingredients
found in this universal antidote were opium, small quantities of various poisons and their
antidotes, and even chopped vipers. According to Adrienne Mayor, an historian at Stanford
University, Sergei Popov, a USSR biological weapon specialist, tried to recreate it before
defecting to the US, but to no avail. 7. Greek Fire Among all of the technologies on this list,
we’re glad that this particular item has been lost to us. Back in 673 AD, Kallinikos
from Heliopolis, a citizen of the Byzantine Empire, came up with a weapon of such great
devastation, it’s still frightening just thinking about it. This is Greek Fire, or
as its inventors called it, “Liquid Fire.” With this weapon, the Byzantines managed to
save their Empire from being conquered by the Arabs in two attacks on Constantinople,
in a number of wars against the Rus and Bulgarians, as well as a series of internal revolts. All
of these battles ended in success. Most likely made of a petroleum based mixture,
Greek Fire was extremely flammable, burning at high temperatures and sticking to any surface
it came in contact with. It even continued burning on water, making it ideal for naval
warfare. It was sprayed out of a cannon type mechanism, and powered by a pump, acting quite
similar to a present-day flamethrower firing napalm. It was also used in the form of a
hand grenade. Besides the obvious damage it inflicted on ships and soldiers, it had an
immensely terrifying effect on enemy morale, being a perfect terror weapon. Its impression
on people back then is similar to the introduction of nuclear weapons in the 20th century. Not wanting it to fall into the wrong hands,
the recipe for this Byzantine super-weapon was a closely guarded secret. It was handed
down from one Emperor to the next, and together with a handful of trusted craftsmen, they
were the only ones who knew this recipe. This is also the reason why it was forgotten, as
the Byzantine Empire entered a period of instability and the chain of passing down the formula
was eventually broken. 6. Incan Stonemasonry Of all the things that made the Incas great,
their wall building is among the most interesting and a mystery in its own right – so much
so that some people have gone so far as to credit these techniques to demons, aliens,
or any other higher power one could think of. While we do know that the Incas were the
ones who made those walls, it’s fairly uncertain as to how they did it. The first mystery here is how they were able
to bring a 140 ton stone slab from the quarry, to the construction site, some 35 kilometers
away. Because the Incas hadn’t yet discovered the wheel, and based on the stone’s polished
surface, it is possible that they simply dragged them there on gravel roads, using at least
2,500 men to do it. The problem is not this, but rather how so many men fit on an 8-meter
wide ramp, while pulling this immense stone uphill. Furthermore, the stones used at Saqsaywaman
were fine-dressed at the Rumiqolqa quarry and show no signs of dragging. The next bit of mystery is the precise positioning
of these stones, as they fit perfectly with one another and without the use of any mortars
or adhesives. We’re talking about being unable to even fit a single sheet of paper
between any two stones. Located in an earthquake prone area of the world, it is a true feat
of engineering that these walls are still standing, centuries after their construction.
Archaeologists believe that it required a lot of measuring and planning beforehand,
rather than a trial and error process, but whatever the case, nobody knows how the Incas
were able to achieve it. 5. Roman Concrete While we’re on the topic of ancient construction,
we can talk about Roman concrete. Even though the Romans were heavily influenced by the
Greeks in their architecture, they were able to take those constructions to a whole new
level. While the concrete we use today is made to last about 120 years, the one the
Romans were using made their buildings last for millennia. Some of these Roman buildings are so spectacular
in their construction and beauty, that modern builders would never attempt something similar,
not even with today’s technology. It’s been known for a while now that the volcanic
sand used in Roman concrete and mortar made their buildings last for this long. Moreover,
while Portland cement (the one we use today) needs temperatures of about 1,450 degrees
Celsius to be produced, Roman concrete only needed roughly 900 degrees, or even less.
And given the fact that we use more than 19 billion tons of concrete per year, a reduction
in production cost can go a long way. Not to mention that the production for Portland
cement accounts for 7% of all CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, the planet would thank
us for emulating the Romans. The only thing with Roman concrete is that,
while we know what it’s made out of, we don’t know precisely how it’s made, even
though we know the basic recipe. Scientists were stuck up until a group of archaeologists
stumbled upon the recipe, which was written down by the Roman architect Vitruvius. It
only remains to be seen if we will attempt to perfect and use it in our constructions
anytime soon. 4. The Iron Pillar of Delhi: The Iron That
Never Rusts There is an iron pillar in the Qutb complex
of Delhi, standing 23 feet, eight inches high, and a diameter of 16 inches. This isn’t
anything all that out of the ordinary. But the fact that it’s 1,600 years old, out
in the open and not completely rusted, is. In fact, with the exception of a thin layer
of surface rust, which looks like it’s partially keeping the metal in its current state, the
pole and the iron it’s made out of are in pristine condition. The tower has not always been in Delhi, having
been moved there from central India, from a town called Udayagiri, somewhere around
1050 AD. As to why the pillar is still standing, there are several theories to it. One is based
on the material it’s made out of, which is 98% wrought iron of pure quality, while
the other is based on environmental factors, which somehow make the pillar not form any
more rust. Others believe that there is a strong correlation
between the processing, structure, and properties of the pillar’s iron. All of these work
together and have formed the outer, thin layer of rust we mentioned before, keeping the iron
underneath from oxidizing any further. A fence was built around the tower to protect it from
tourists who believe that by touching it, the pillar will bring good fortune. While
this is innocent enough, it could peel off the existing layer of rust, exposing the metal
underneath. The pillar at Delhi is not unique in the world,
and other such iron pillars exist at Dhar, Mandu, Mount Abu, Kodochadri Hill, as well
as several iron cannons (all from India). That means it’s fairly safe to assume that
there is something else at work, other than a series of fortunate events that have kept
all these objects in such tremendous, almost new condition. 3. Tesla’s Free Wireless Energy By most accounts, Nikola Tesla was decades
ahead of his time when it came to electricity and wireless technology. He was the one who
discovered alternative current and gained a lot of fame for his victory over Thomas
Edison in the well-publicized “battle of currents.” Here, he proved that his alternating
current was far more practical and safe than Edison’s direct current. And soon enough,
the whole world would use Tesla’s discovery, as well as his other great inventions (the
Tesla coil, the radio transmitter, and fluorescent lamps). By 1900 he was widely regarded as
America’s greatest electrical engineer. In 1905, Tesla was ready to put into practice
his greatest invention yet, by building a 187-foot-tall Wardenclyffe Tower. Atop this
tower was a 55 ton dome of conductive metals, which continued down the tower and then 300
feet into the ground itself. His aim was to use both the planet itself and the overhead
ionosphere as huge electrical conductors, transporting electricity wirelessly anywhere
on the face of the Earth. Famed financier and investor J.P. Morgan saw the potential
such distribution could bring and invested $150,000 to relocate Tesla’s lab to Long
Island, to construct a pilot plant for this “World Wireless System.” Not long after construction began, another
competing scientist named Guglielmo Marconi executed the world’s first Trans-Atlantic
wireless telegraph signal. Though considerably less ambitious, and despite the fact that
Marconi’s project borrowed heavily from Tesla, his new device scared Tesla’s investors.
The fact that Marconi required less money to put his apparatus into practice, along
with the stock market crash in 1901, quickly guaranteed that no further investments would
be made to the Wardenclyffe Tower. After Tesla’s death, many other scientists tried to recreate
his invention but to no avail. Even though all of them studied his notes, Tesla relied
heavily on his photographic memory, and his notes are notorious for being extremely vague
and lacking in any real technical detail. 2. Starlite In the 1980s, an amateur scientist by the
name of Maurice Ward came up with an invention that was said to have the ability to revolutionize
space travel as we know it. He came up with an indestructible, heat-resistant plastic
that could withstand 10,000 degrees Celsius. He was compelled to create it after he witnessed
an airplane burst into flames. Besides the incredible heat-resistance, Starlite could
also resist the impact of the force equivalent of 75 Hiroshima bombs, could endure temperatures
three times the melting point of diamonds, and could be shaped in any form. NASA was ecstatic about all the improvements
Starlite could have on spaceship astronautical and security designs, but Ward was reluctant
to part with the recipe, fearing that some companies would profit from his creation.
Maurice never revealed the exact composition of Starlite but said that it contained “up
to 21 organic polymers and copolymers, and small quantities of ceramics.” In 2011,
Maurice died without parting with his secret formula. Since then scientists have tried
to replicate this amazing material, but have had no luck. 1. The Sloot Digital Coding System This is going to sound like the plot of Silicon
Valley, but it’s something that actually happened, making us wonder if Mike Judge may
have based his HBO series on an inventor named Jan Sloot. In the early 1990s, Sloot came
up with a revolutionary data compression technique that claimed to compress a 10 GB movie down
to just 8 KB without any loss of quality. A lot of people doubted the possibility of
Sloot’s invention, but the technology company Philips saw the potential and arranged to
sign a deal with him. The day he was due to sign, however, Sloot died of a heart attack.
Nevertheless, Philips was still interested and prepared to utilize Sloot’s technology
after his death, but a key floppy disk that contained the actual coding software had gone
missing. After months of searching, Sloot’s disk was never found and his technology forgotten. According to Roel Pieper, an influential Dutch
IT entrepreneur who was also involved in Sloot’s project (in keeping with the Silicon Valley
similarities, the fictional compression company in that show is called “Pied Piper“…coincidence?),
the coding system was not so much about compression, but rather by having some background knowledge,
shared by both the sender and the receiver. Pieper said of the algorithm, “It’s not
about compression. Everyone is mistaken about that. The principle can be compared with a
concept as Adobe-postscript, where sender and receiver know what kind of data recipes
can be transferred, without the data itself actually being sent.”

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43 thoughts on “Top 10 Incredible TECHNOLOGIES You Can’t Use

  1. The title is somewhat misleading ……..10 technologies from the past you can't use would make more sense

  2. Was there any possibility the bendable glass was actuality plastic? Probably doubtful? Idk should of read the comments first… Lol alot of others thought the same

  3. " Greek Fire " … kinda like White Naptha, which, – if you've ever dropped an old camping lantern near a campfire, – you will know how deadly THAT stuff is …

  4. 🤦‍♂️Seriously super click baity and bad for Simon Whistler but number one takes cake, is like saying you will never fly a millennium falcon.

    Conservation of energy also applies to information so you can not compress data that is already efficiently using space…. Easy math's a pixel takes a byte of data so one frame un-compressed 1080p is 1920×1080= 2.073 million bytes absolute minimum but by time you include all other data for a pc for sound etc you are at about 8-12Mb per frame……….. Really not hard to call bs on compression so 8000 bytes when you cant hope to do it with a single frame and not break the laws of thermal dynamics…… Guy that wrote code probably had an anxious heart attack the company would see through his bs and take back funding or sue.

  5. This video is stupid. I am diapointed. I think I'll unsubscribe. This channel used to be informative. Now it just acts has if urban myths are facts and at times completely ignores the obvious.

  6. If people believe that Americans are dumb,then you should talk to Australians! Hyper pretentious and totally dumb. Last estimate for stupidity 72per cent!

  7. Damascus steel is very common…..knives, swords and other items have been made using this technique for centuries!!!!

  8. Number 9: Some people suspect that if this incident really happened, then this material may have been aluminum. Like gold and silver, it won't rust or corrode, and its raw ore was used, in various compounds, as early as 3000 B.C. There are other videos, on YouTube, that show how people had a way of making high-carbon steel, in the B.C. era. This was used to make things like hardened steel hand files.
    This is shown in the YouTube video:
    "Antikythera Fragment #4-Anchient Tool Technology-The First Hardened Steel."
    Wikipedia says that the historian, Pliny the Elder, describes the flexible glass incident, in his surviving texts.

  9. That "Sloot data compression" got lost because it was and is BS. Sorry I understand data compression data correction and this is just BS.

  10. Damascus steel is just steel that’s been separated into many pieces, layered on to of each other, welded, heated, pressed and then folded. Much more time consuming and takes more skill but anyone with the right tools and skill can make modern Damascus steel. That’s what I was taught at least could be wrong tho haha.

  11. Being murdered and having your lifes' work erased isn't exactly incentive for the next guy who has a bright idea.
    It's a wonder we learned anything with Emporers like that kicking around.

  12. What??? No comments that these examples prove that aliens provided the technologies to us? Did someone forget to send out the invitations for this article to the conspiracy theory crackpots?

  13. Damascus steel is indeed still in use today. While it is a lot of work, and used only for high end knives the process is well known among knife makers. The Nazi's designed daggers for their SS Generals made of such steel then chromed the blades, such knives are highly desirable with collectors of such products. I had one a few years back but traded it away on a gun deal. There were actually shotgun barrels made of what was called Damascus steel, made by using a thin rod of steel and hammering it around a mandrel of the gauge shell the gun was designed to fire. I had an old Ithaca with that type barrel in 10 gauge double barrel with exposed hammers. Very nice looking gun however because it does not age well, such guns not recommended to be fired with modern ammo.

  14. greek fire sounds like NAPALM it is extremely hot and sticks from the gel tesla tower is Red Dead Redemption 2 scientist robot experiment building

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