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

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  1. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    The internet goes back to the 60s as a technology... But I’m going to say the smartphone. That made the internet pervasive in people’s lives. I’m not so sure social media would have taken off in the same way without that live feed.

    Lots of interesting and legit energy and medical research that could throw up interesting things in the next 10-20 though.
     
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    Douglas Adams came up with a set of rules for technology and it’s place in your life:


    1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.

    2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.

    3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-fiveis against the natural order of things.

    That being said, I think possibly one of the most influential pieces of tech invented during my life was the original iPhone. While everyone now seems to have a smartphone, when it came out we’d barely got 3G... it was a bringing together of lots of different types of technology in a package that was small, easy to use and reliable. Like it or loathe it, it spawned a whole series of imitators and innovations and it’s influence is still being felt today.
     
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    No biggie - After I typed it, I thought about it and thought....Ehhh - somebody will correct me. Let it ride.

    My wife corrects me all the time. I'm used to it
     
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    We had it covered.


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    The string tree! :D
     
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    I'm going moon landing. Just 66 years after first flight we were on another world. And like Chuck Berry, an inestimable number of achievements sprang from it.
     
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    I will limit my response to how technology affects my professional life, so with that in mind, I am going with the blue LED.

    The advent of the blue LED changed the tour industry, not only in fixture design, but also show design and the logistics required to move the show. As an example, that one Elation Sixpar 300 replaces six par cans with gels, and the heavy gauge copper that powers them. This means that the 60 par cans on the upstage truss that draw 60 kw has been replaced with a dozen LEDs, and half the weight.
     
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    ^ In that vein how about the Potty Putter?

     
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    Didn't know you were that old, Centurian!

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    8080 chip it opened up computing to everyone.
    Digital Photography
    Mammogram and colonoscopy
     
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    How old is the one in your wallet? :eek:
     
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    Cell phones. Personal computers. Medicine.
     
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    This concept makes me think of my grandmother. Born around 1900, she survived into the 1980's and if she were to get a stab at this question she'd have a large range to choose from. Manned flight, radio/TV, computing, widespread automobile transportation, revolution upon revolution.

    She never shut any of it out: I can remember her striving to learn how to use a PC for keeping track of her banking as an elderly woman. Her attitude was always, "isn't this new stuff amazing?" even when she found herself a bit behind the learning curve.

    I was impressed with her willingness to engage time after time with completely new technologies and systems, despite the fact that she usually didn't quite get the hang of it. It seemed to me like she was happy that it worked for everybody even when it was difficult for her.

    It's quite possible she's the reason I'm such a gearhead today.
     
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    Back to this serious and entertaining and informative topic. (I mean all that.)
     
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    The internet changed the whole World when it was opened up by Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web/ HTML/ HTTP.

    Personal computers allowed people to access the WWW from home.

    Then mobile/cell/smart phones allowed people to access the World from anywhere in the World.

    If Tim Berners-Lee had decided that he owned the WWW, he would now be running the whole World.
     
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    International Space Station. Incredible feat.. plus nations working together and we need a whole bunch more of that.
     
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    Maybe in medcine and surgery, and the net is very helpful to find stuff out quickly and tvs now are much better as well.
     
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