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Best Inventions of the 21st Century

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by NWB, Mar 12, 2014.


  1. NWB

    NWB

    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    I'm drawing a blank on this one.:help:

    So, what nifty inventions have we come up with since 2000?
     
  2. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
  3. bkbirge

    bkbirge

    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
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    Cancer vaccines.
     
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  5. Touch screen technology has come a long long way.
     
  6. High speed wireless internet. Next generation wireless technology is as fast as fibre, at a fraction on the infrastructure cost.

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  7. NWB

    NWB

    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    Now that's a good one!

    Come to think of it, I should have phrased it as favorite inventions.
     
  8. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
  9. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
  10. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    I was gonna say "iPhone" (or "brand-agnostic SmartPhone/mobile communication device", whatever the generic term for these gizmos is).

    I was on a group bike ride a few years ago and the weather started to get nasty. Several of the leaders whipped out their iPhones and started conferring on alternate routes so we could avoid the rain. Two of them were tracking weather radar, two were viewing mapping software, one might've had GPS tracking just to juxtapose our current location with the results the others were coming up with...

    I watched this go on for a few minutes and then pointed out that we had just deployed more computer horsepower for a freakin' bike ride than the Apollo 11 astronauts had on their trip to the moon!
     
  11. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Crystal Pepsi had that Van Halen song in the commercials.
     
  12. JennySuzuki

    JennySuzuki

    Dec 18, 2013
    Moore's law is an amazing and astounding thing. It's interesting to me how many people forget that that first iPhone was released to the public in June, 2007... not quite six years ago. We've made smartphones such a part of our life that many people never have theirs outside of arm's reach.
     
  13. placedesjardins

    placedesjardins

    May 7, 2012
    Nothing mind-blowing.
    There are a lot of technology patents that are for "conceptual" ideas, not necessarily invented in real life. For example, "if I tap the screen with two fingers and shake my wrist, the top app will go into the background and the app behind it will pop to the top." They submit that idea to the patent office, blah blah blah, it gets approved. No one else can copy that invention/"idea". The inventor has not created the software to do it yet, just the conceptual idea is now a patent. They could sell it off to someone else to develop it.
    My friend has two technology patents. He's a web designer. He does not have a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or anything computer, math, engineering, science, etc.
     
  14. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    Online food ordering.
     
  15. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    The Space Shuttle ran on 1MB RAM.
     
  16. J
    +1
    What a dud.
     
  17. For the military, aviation, and boats it was pre 2000. For the every day consumer it was pretty much post 2000.