The Greatest Inventions of Our Time

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    The Internet - Tim Berners-Lee (1990)
    It's the reason we're all here.
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    Computer - John Atanasoff & Clifford Berry (1942)
    For at least 10 hours a day, every day. I'm really not sure what I would do without this.
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    Ballpoint Pen - Ladislo Biro (1938)
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    Mobile Phone - Martin "Marty" Cooper (1973)
    Known as "the father of the cell phone." Not a bad epitaph.
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    Video Tape Recorder - Charles Ginsburg (1951)
    I basically owe this guy my life from when I started making videos to being a director today.
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    Television - Vladimir Kosma Zworykin (1923)
    Quoted as saying, "I hate what they've done to my child... I would never let my own children watch it." I however, would.
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    Modern Zipper - Gideon Sundback (1917)
    There was one zipper before it, but you'd never know it.
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    Google - Larry Page & Sergey Brin (1998)
    I didn't know I needed search until I needed it all the time.
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    Programmed Robot - Unimate - George Devol (1954)
    It was the used to lift pieces of hot metal from die casting machines.
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    Monopoly - Charles Darrow (1934)
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    Automobile - Ford Model T - Henry Ford (1908)
    It was $900 dollars to own a car. Sigh, how times have changed.
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    Diet Soda - Kirsch Bottling (1952)
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    Radio - Gugliemo Marconi (1895)
    Elegantly described as "the wireless telegraph" way back when.
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    Theory of Relativity - Albert Einstein (1905)
  15. 15.
    Spiral Notebooks - Walter Grumbacher (1935)
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    Airplane - Wright Brothers (1903)
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    Band-Aid - Earle Dickson (1920)
    What could you have possibly put over cuts and scrapes before this?
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    Pong (1st video game) - Nolan Bushnell (1972)
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    Microwave Oven - Percy Spencer (1946)
  20. 20.
    Prozac - Ray Fuller (1988)
    The happy pill.
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    Electronic Calculator - William Seward Burroughs (1892)
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    Audio Cassette - Philips Company (1962)
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    Cornflakes - William Kellogg (1906)
    Cereal needed to be invented.
  24. 24.
    Radio Telescope - Karl Jansky (1932)
    We can finally start really looking for alien life.
  25. 25.
    MS-DOS - Tim Paterson (1981)
    The OS that made Bill Gates and Microsoft a fortune.
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    Walkman - Kozo Ohsone (1979)
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    Dot-Matrix Printer - Robert Howard (1968)
    All I had to do was type it up on Word Perfect, hit print, and wait 10 minutes for my freshly minted document to arrive.
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    Polaroid - Instant Photos - Edwin Herbert Land (1932)
    The original selfie machine.
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    Birth Control Pill - George Goodwin Pincus (1954)
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    Bubblegum - Walter E. Diemer (1928)
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    iPod - Steve Jobs (2001)
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    Vacuum Cleaner - Hubert Booth (1901)
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    LSD Synthesized - Albert Hofmann (1938)
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    iPhone - Steve Jobs (2007)
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    Crayons - Edward Binney & Harold Smith (1903)
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    YouTube - Steven Chen, Chad Kurley & Jawed Karim (2005)
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    Frisbee - Walter Frederick Morrison & Warren Franscioni (1948)
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    Fortran (the 1st successful computer language) - John Backus (1957)
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    Atomic Bomb - Robert Oppenheimer (1945)
  40. 40.
    Emojis - Shigetaka Kurita (1998)
    And not a moment too soon. 💯
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    Velcro - George de Mestral (1948)
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    Viagra - Peter Dunn & Albert Wood (1998)
    There's life after impotence.
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    Segway - Dean Kamen (2001)
    A machine that now seems to mostly be used for tourists, but had high hopes to radically change how people moved around cities. In the strangest twist of fate the inventor drove off a cliff on one himself.
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    USB Flash Drive - Dov Moran (1999)
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    Silly Putty - James Wright (1943)
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    Astroturf - James Faria & Robert Wright (1967)
    Lawns would never be the same.
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    Yo-Yo - D.F. Duncan Sr. (1928)
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    Liposuction - Giorgio Fischer (1974)
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    Photocopier - Chester F. Carlson (1937)
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    Barbie Doll - Ruth Handler (1959)