What Was The Most Important Invention In The Past 50 Years?

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    What do you think was the most important invention in the past fifty years? Why would you name that, and not something else?
     
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    Oh Goodness.... such a choice..., so many very important inventions..

    I choose the contraceptive pill... ( or is that more than 50 years?.I think it is)
     
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    I will, of course, offer my opinions later. I'd like to see what the rest of you think first.
     
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    Soooo... as I've just noticed this is in the gadgets thread... I suppose it has to be the WWW....
     
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    It can be any kind of invention. Since most inventions are gadgets, I started the thread here.
     
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    One of my favourite 'gadgets' is the lens thinning on glasses...

    I'm long-sighted, with a high prescription now in my autumn years , if I'd had to wear specs that were made as they were 50 years ago..I'd be wearing thick bottle bottoms styles like my grandfather ...thank goodness I can have very thin lenses despite my high prescription...
     
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    Hmmm. Most important would probably be the internet. It has revolutionized everything.
     
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    DNA detection will always be number one for me
     
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    Having worked in an office environment for 24 years I would say the computer. It was the start of every thing digital today.
     
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    Kind of a tossup for me. Since the computer age started way back in the late 40’s thru the early 50’s I guess I have to rule that one out.
    Soooo that kind of slims things down a bit.

    Let’s see now. Between MRI’s, Oral Contraception, the DNA thing and Cell Phones I’ll choose...........The Pet Rock.
    It doesn’t break easily, it’s environmentally friendly, there’s no moving parts, it doesn’t die, easy to replace if it gets lost and it makes those with little left in life to enjoy very happy.
     
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    radial tires. May have been invented more than 50 years ago but came into general use in the mid seventies.
    Safety, longer life, less rolling resistance, better traction.
     
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    The Smart Phone, lightweight and affordable. How would we ever survive without it?

    Mobile Phone FACTS
    Here is a selection of facts, courtesy of Fact Slides, about mobile phones that show just how much the world has changed since the early days of mobile communication:
    In 1983, the first mobile phones went on sale in the U.S. at almost $4,000 each.
    Over 250 million Nokia 1100 devices were sold, making it the bestselling electrical gadget in history.
    More People In The World Have Mobile Phones Than Toilets.
    So many Facebook photos and videos are uploaded via mobile that it takes up 27% of upstream web traffic.
    The technology behind smartphones relies on up to 250,000 separate patents.
    The average person unlocks his or her smartphone 110 times each day.
     
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    Oh Bobby I love that - my grin was a mile wide - hang on - it still is :p
     
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    I wish I had thought of the Pet Rock. I coulda been rich!
     
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    Yep.
     
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