Paleolithic Flint Hand Axe. 500,000 - 150,000 BC
A goal-automating device
To look at this flint hand axe is to look at what is common to all tools, machines and technologies that have followed it.This commonality might be seen as our ability to imagine new goals, to create tools to help us realise these goals and to then evolve these tools in order to become ever more efficient, ever more automated, ever more self-reliant.

We have now been increasing the automated efficiency of our imagined goals for hundreds of thousands of years. So this simple flint hand axe, as an example of our very first tool created to achieve a goal, represents the beginning of a journey into the machine and technology age where we essentially imagine ourselves and our world as otherwise, and then create the tools needed to achieve what we imagine.