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Slideshow: 15 Inventions That Changed Our Lives

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: You missed the most important invention
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   3/10/2014 2:14:29 PM
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Liz, I'm not surprised you missed it; because really, so did I.  I had that conversation with my dad probably 10 or 15 years ago, as we were together marveling at the advancements he had seen in his life.  His refrigerator story blew me away, because we totally take them (fridges) as "granted".  So I'll never forget his description of retrieving Ice Blocks from under piles of Sawdust in the Farm-Cellar in July & August.  ,,,and I thought they were "roughing-it" where they had to use an Out-House!!

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Elizabeth M   3/10/2014 4:59:33 AM
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Good point, JimT, i seem to have missed the refigerator. Although in doing some research it seems the modern refrigerator was invented in 1913, which just misses the 100-year mark if you are going back to 1914 from 2014! But still you make a very good point--that this was an incredibly life-changing device.

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Re: The transistor needs to be there as well as the first electronic calculators
Elizabeth M   3/10/2014 4:45:38 AM
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Hey, Chuck, that is a good idea, actually, for another slideshow. This slideshow may actually spawn more than one sequel. :) I don't know that story but I will take a look, it sounds interesting and informative.

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Re: The transistor needs to be there as well as the first electronic calculators
Bradley1234   3/9/2014 3:36:11 PM
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having only 15 is a good way to stimulate conversation, but i had a different kind of list in mind, the refrigerator was at the top just like washer/dryer, horseless carriage

 

the transistor, then integrated circuits, the ENIAC computer, the computer mouse, disk drives

 

I would stay away from promoting company products, several in this list seemed to be a sales plug for Apple, a player in high tech but certainly antagonistic to the industry.  

 aluminum or plastic wrap, the process of vacuum molding, shampoo in a non glass container, how many bottles of Prell did YOU  break in the shower?  and how many lacerated feet from the glass shards? 

object oriented programming, the atheros 5k wifi technology and OFDM, things that are flat out inventions?  the hamster wheel, 3d printing;  you could list 100s and have people vote

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Charles Murray   3/7/2014 4:59:23 PM
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Yes, Jim, people of the World War II generation consider the refrigerator a huge step forward, whereas we just take it for granted. Many people from the pre-refrigerator era still use the term "ice box."

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   3/7/2014 3:17:02 PM
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Interesting the cell phone shown in slide 8 had the British Telecom logo.  Of course that was the Motorola DynaTac 8000.  With all the Apple-Love in the article, I have to point out the Cellular phone technology was invented my Motorola in 1973.

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Re: Question the Narrow Scope
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   3/7/2014 3:11:55 PM
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Agreed – the slide show favors only the last 30 years.  Yes, there have been numerous paradigm shifts in those 3 decades (a favorite memory was my daughter asking, "what kind of cell phone did you have when you were little-?") But over 100 years, you have to include refrigeration, air-conditioning, jet engines, RADAR, Nuclear fission, and on and on and on ,,,,

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Re: Missed the big one
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   3/7/2014 3:07:55 PM
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Yes the Transistor revolutionized the electronics Industry, as did breaking the DNA/RNA codes for the Medical industry. Third, was the breaking of the atom as an atomic particle, and these three enormous breakthroughs defined whole new fields opened to the 21st century.

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Re: You missed the most important invention
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   3/7/2014 3:03:09 PM
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While the article opens with a comment about the last 100 years, this slide show favors only the last 30 years.  But I asked my father born in 1926, now 87, about the life-changing developments he experienced, and he said, without pause, "the refrigerator".  Growing up during the Great Depression on a Farm near Buffalo, NY, he remembers cutting the blocks of ice from the pond in the winter and storing them all summer long in the cellar.

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Re: The transistor needs to be there as well as the first electronic calculators
Charles Murray   3/6/2014 6:48:33 PM
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Yes, the transistor was monumentally important, Liz. You could do a massive slideshow just on the inventions spawned by the transistor. For a great take on that subject, read Tom Wolfe's story, "Two Young Men Who Went West" (it's from his book, "Hooking Up"). It's a profile of Robert Noyce and William Shockley.

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