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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by NWB, Mar 12, 2014.
I'm drawing a blank on this one.
So, what nifty inventions have we come up with since 2000?
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Touch screen technology has come a long long way.
High speed wireless internet. Next generation wireless technology is as fast as fibre, at a fraction on the infrastructure cost.
Now that's a good one!
Come to think of it, I should have phrased it as favorite inventions.
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!
Crystal Pepsi had that Van Halen song in the commercials.
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.
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.
Online food ordering.
The Space Shuttle ran on 1MB RAM.
What a dud.
Is GPS pre 2000?
For the military, aviation, and boats it was pre 2000. For the every day consumer it was pretty much post 2000.
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