11 technologies that changed the world

LCD TVs and Facebook might be important parts of our lives today, but how much do they matter compared with these inventions that transformed society?

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Dec 5, 2012 11:27PM
Dec 6, 2012 12:28AM
how about the "DILDO" because that's what's being used to "F" us all by these politicians, spending us to nothing.
Dec 5, 2012 10:46PM

"How could we ever survive without Facebook () or our trusty iPhones?"


Gee, I don't use Facebook nor do I have an iPhone.  How the hell do I manage to survive?

Dec 5, 2012 10:23PM

I would nominate "paper" as one of the greatest inventions.

Dec 6, 2012 11:39AM

I always ask people what the "Greatest Invention" of all time was...95-99% get it wrong..?

So don't feel bad if you do ?...And I can't make you scroll for three pages to see the answer.


Electricity or the the harnessing of it, production,transmission,storage,etc...

Without electricity...We would be set back 500 years instantly.


Many of the early inventions, like the wheel,levers,pulleys,ramps,steps and/or fire..Were discoveries and not really inventions...Natural selections, that we put to better use.


Great inventors, like Edison, Bell, Marconi,Tesla and dozens of others.....Gave us a better life.

AT&T and Bell Labs, along with GEs and IBMs and the Medical Science..Changed the World.

Dec 6, 2012 2:09AM
Dec 6, 2012 11:00AM
"FLUSHED: How the Plumber Saved Civilization" by W. Hodding Carter.  Definitely indoor plumbing and sanitation - they always get overlooked.
Dec 6, 2012 11:47AM
I'd remove the digital camera and add the cotton gin. That was a big step in our industrial revolution. 
Dec 6, 2012 1:54PM

Optics (like eye glasses, telesopes and magnifying glasses) make an interesting omission from the list of greatest inventions.

Yeah on that microwave ...mine serves only for melting butter and making popcorn...Good idea not sure how I would survive without it
Dec 6, 2012 11:53AM
What about the Car, airplane, or gun? 
Dec 6, 2012 11:04AM
Edison STOLE the  light bulb  from Nicola Tesla, Just ask J.P. Morgan AND actually Tesla  Worked for Edison AND got  the  edison plant online (with HIS  know how) , good thing Tesla got  the contract for the first  world's fair in Chiago , other wise we would not have had A/C power... edison  pushed for D/C current

how about the toilet and toilet paper!

hot shower

under arm deoderant

Dec 6, 2012 5:16PM

A long time ago....Someone asked someone else, about a building on a hill...


The Answer was, "That is where the dreamers work, and dreams come true."


It was a Bell Labs (AT&T) Operation....And I think it was in New Jersey or upstate New York.

Originally a lot of Computer type stuff came out of BL, like the transistor, fast chips, lasers, lightwave and thousands of other patents.

And there have been other Companies also with Excellent R&D Centers..We have been very fortunate.


Dec 6, 2012 3:03PM
What about the indoor toilet (plumbing)? Believe me that's the best invention ever
Dec 6, 2012 3:29PM
Glad to see the printing press on there, just graduated with a degree in printmaking, that press is in amazing condition, I want it! All that other stuff is important too, i guess :)
Dec 6, 2012 2:35PM

One of the latest innovates really piss me off...


HFT.....High Frequency Trading Platforms...Used by Wall Streeters and Pigs...


I really shouldn't have to explain on this Site.

Dec 6, 2012 2:47PM
They forgot about the toilet..VERY essential! LOL
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