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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Mar 19, 2013 12:47PM

How about the battery?! Alessandro Volta, about 1800. No battery, no telegraph, no telephone, etc.

Dec 29, 2012 4:14PM

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.    

Language you imbeciles, and the harness of electricity. Without these two things these things would have never happened, as for some of the comments who say thing like "Dayt toiwlet is da moyst inpartent ting 'vinted." Well just think about that for a moment you imbeciles with seemingly no thought process what-so-ever. I can almost feel one of my brain cells comit suicide for every word in an irrational coment.
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 5:05PM

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.

Dec 6, 2012 3:32PM
forgot the washer/dryer, permapress and other technologies that made housework for women easier a/o less time consuming
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 3:03PM
What about the indoor toilet (plumbing)? Believe me that's the best invention ever
Dec 6, 2012 2:57PM

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.

Dec 6, 2012 2:47PM
They forgot about the toilet..VERY essential! LOL
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 2:31PM

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'.

Dec 6, 2012 1:54PM

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

Dec 6, 2012 1:19PM
I love how you make sure that these inventors did not "do it alone." They built on others inventions.... of course they did, like everything else out there... and MSNBC is new, original and there is nothing like it ever before. Give me a break. When you start reporting unbiased information, maybe then you can say you have "Real"  accurate news and information.
Dec 6, 2012 12:42PM

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.

Dec 6, 2012 12:34PM

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.

Dec 6, 2012 12:23PM
the nuclear bomb is at the top of Iran's list  and ear plugs for the Israelites
Dec 6, 2012 11:53AM
What about the Car, airplane, or gun? 
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