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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How about the battery?! Alessandro Volta, about 1800. No battery, no telegraph, no telephone, etc.
Running water INSIDE houses. Imagine having to get up at night in the cold and dark to use the bathroom outside, or having to wash, cook, and bathe without running water in your home.
Might not have changed the world, but it sure improved it saved a lot of lives if for no other reason than health reasons.
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.
Your right....Gawker....There are dozens of Brain Centers around the World including Palto Alto..
Many sprung up in the 60s, lot to do with imagination and the Space Race, with NASA and the Government footing the bill....Kinda like Lithium batteries and solar today, but the Solar thing has been around at least since the 70s with some applications.
I'm just gonna guess, that Viagra, may have hurt the dildo industry, but then again maybe not.??
So when our Government spends money, on what some consider foolishness, keep in mind that we have moved ahead in great strides because of it...NASA, Weapondary, Interstates, Bridges, Railroads, Dams, Power Grids, Satellites,Communications, which includes everything you talk on or send messages with..BUT personally I think we have enough rocks and dirt from outer space.
Cars, Trains, and Planes...
Although several inventors probably with accreditation to Automobiles...Europe and U.S.
Mostly born out of Wagons,buggys and Carriages....Self powered....No pullers.
Funny, Studebaker in Indiana...A Great maker of wagons...Was one of earlys..Even had an Electric model powered vechicle in 1900s...Now none of that exist, except mostly Antiques. Out of Biz.
Trains are what they are, a way to move people and stuff in a better straight line across a Countryside.
Supposedly at a much faster timeline...That's kind of changed from the early days too.
Wood and coal were cheap fuels for the old Steam Engines back in the day.
Planes probably came about when some Chinese guy attached bird like wings to a bottle-type rocket eons ago....Germans did it during the Blitz of England and in WW2.
Wilbur and Orville using mostly a glider type aeroplane and a lawnmower engine of sorts...
Dayton Ohio.."The Home of Flight"...Kittyhawk the proving grounds and a Great Aircraft Carrier.
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.
Yup, optics were a great invention..Someone probably looked through a Coke bottle after drinking it.
BTW....4...MSN Money...Is no longer connected to NBC...Seperated about 6 mons-year ago.
Just Microsoft now, jus sayin'.
Optics (like eye glasses, telesopes and magnifying glasses) make an interesting omission from the list of greatest inventions.
Some of these are hilarious, and fun to read.....History at it's best...
Along with the guns or maybe even cannons....
Most needed gunpowder(maybe Chinese)...But we can't ask or know who the "First" inventor was.
You couldn't even ask him/her 2 minutes after they "discovered it"...They were probably dead.
Ahhhh,The Microwave.....Kinda think it came about because of Military use of radars??
Or other radio wave use...Could have been discovered because heat developed and burns incurred around the use of many different types of devices using the technology.
The Microwave was a better use of a technology we already had....Much innovation has developed the same way...Better, more practical use for the masses.
Microwave for us is usually left to reheating coffee, defrosting stuff and heating up leftovers..
Not our preferred way to cook, except maybe hotdogs, popcorn or poached eggs.
But neverless a handy tool in the Kitchen.
They were a little bit dangerous, in the early days, and mini-explosions are still scary.
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