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what do you consider to be the greatest technological advancement in your lifetime

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  1. TeleTucson

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    Well... maybe not. :rolleyes:

    Joking aside, in my opinion most people got it right with microelectronics - but it's not just size reduction compared to early computers, but the fact when we can print 7B transistors on a chip and have memory with only a few tens of electronics defining the digital state, all consuming next to nothing in power, it has enabled functional library components (like GPS, video, and internet engines of all sorts) to be combined at will by vendors for peanuts on your mobile devices.

    Whether you like it or not, this has certainly become a welcome or unwelcome centerpiece in our lives ... and contrary to what some have said, it is NOTHING like computers were in their earliest incarnations. It became a whole new ecosystem and a way for people to engage the world and their peers. For better, or for worse.
     
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    And apologies for the unintended professorial tone.

    And why didn’t I say the Condom came centuries ago?


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    in my family the demarcation of Time is referred to as BC or AC- Before Carrier and After Carrier- the man whose Genius allows us folks way down south to do more than Exist at a level only slightly elevated over that of the cockaroach.
    the Bringer of Cold Air who makes it possible that tonight, when you slip between the sheets, you won't be sticky from sweating (even though you took a cold shower just an hour before)- but
    you will be cool, and around here the reduction in the oppressive humidity alone is worth Adulation tantamount to Idolatry.

    yeah, I agree. it may not be THE technological advancement of my lifetime BUT it's 11:15PM here, and the outside temp is still at about 82 degrees with humidity in the 50%+ range- but Inside it's 68 and maybe 25% humidity - so just as you my Favorite- by FAR- is Air Conditioning.
     
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    Wow! With the air conditioner invented in 1902 by Carrier, you're lucky that you only age half a year in each of our years. I want some of what you're having ... :)
     
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    Indoor plumbing, it might not have been invented in my lifetime, but when we got to California from Alabama, and the toilet was IN the house, that was pretty damned impressive to me. If you had to dodge copperheads and black widows was trying to latch onto you junk every time you headed to the outhouse after dark, you'd think it was pretty nifty too!
     
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    I'm going with the slapstick.

     
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    Even better than the microchip might be ones and zero's.
    When analog was scrapped in favor digital, everything else exploded.
    But the microchip was the first thing that came to mind.
     
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    Growing up in Newfoundland, we had an indoor toilet but my maternal and paternal grandparents didn't. No electricity until the mid-sixties. I would spend summers at my paternal grandparents' place. Luckily, we didn't have copperheads (or any snakes) or black widows.
     
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    The tech that impresses me the most is Satelite Navigation.

    20000 km away, a few satellites send you a signal, each with about the power of a light bulb

    You pick them up on tiny inexpensive consumer device the size of a wallet.

    It does the maths to work out your position anywhere, to within a few m, based on time. Which even to get within 10m, needs to be accurate to within 0.03 of a microsecond.

    cool.....!
     
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    I think base 2 has been around as long as mathematics, so it's hardly new.
     
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    Penicillin. Maybe not in my lifetime ( 1928) and maybe not considered by some as a technological device but look how many lives it's saved.
    As to devices- GPS- the world wouldn't run without it.
     
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    The transistor. No need for any more nasty valves, a radio I could carry in my pocket.
     
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    And without silicon chips (and before that the transistor and before that the thermionic valve or "tube"), and without space rockets, and without...
     
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    I don't know enough to say it properly, but it seems digital could do very few things then but now it can do all things.
    So what I meant was digital making all other tech possible.

    I'm not sure what "base 2" is compared to modern digital tech, if it was as fully formed a tech as something like the first internal combustion engine compared to modern engines.

    Many other advances were needed to make that principle the most prevalent processing system.
    But can we say the earliest base 2 is what we use now?
    Or is it more of a distant relative?
    Like a cannon compared to the falcon 9?
    Rocket science has been around since the Chinese invented gunpowder?
    Is that the digital that's been around as long as mathematics?
    IDK.

    For the sake of this discussion...
     
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    DUH!...

    The internet.
     
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    And Moore's Law which doubled transistors every 2 years for almost 50 years. Unfortunately that magic is over and we're gonna see a slowdown in technical innovation across all industry because of that.

    Everything from automotive to cellular to genomics has been driven by increased computing power.
     
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    I would say from an impact point of view the birth control pill in the sixties.

    It gave women control and led to freedom's they never had before.
     
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    Sewerage. In all seriousness


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    I did forget about the fishing invention of the century
    it's amazing..... they say it in the commercial.

    Ron Popell's pocket fisherman. I thought the future was there in 1970.


    lol
     
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