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30 Amazing Technologies that continue to change the world

Updated on July 15, 2011

In a span of 30 years, since the 80s, the world has changed dramatically in terms of science and technology. The two cannot be separated from its other as it become synonymous with progress. Had it not been to those experts dedicating their lives in discovering and innovating something that will make our life easier, we will stay at the Dark Ages of our existence in this planet.

In order to know the top 30 things that totally changed the world during those 30 years, a panel of eight judges at the Wharton School of Business in the University of Pennsylvania was asked to identify a 20-life altering discoveries for the past 30 years. The survey was sponsored by Knowledge@ Wharton, U Penn’s business publication and the PBS’s “Nightly Business Report”.

Your guess is as good as mine. Internet tops the list of innovations and discoveries that changed our lives for the last three decades. It is followed by the gadgets connected on it (laptops, cellular phones, etc.). Here’s the complete list for you to ponder. Have they forgotten something; you better include it on your comments.

1.     Internet, broadband, WWW (browser and html) 
2.     PC/laptop computers 
3.     Mobile phones 
4.     E-mail 
5.     DNA testing and sequencing/Human genome mapping 
6.     Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 
7.     Microprocessors 
8.     Fiber optics 
9.     Office software (spreadsheets, word processors) 
10.    Non-invasive laser/robotic surgery (laparoscopy) 
11.    Open source software and services (e.g., Linux, Wikipedia) 
12.    Light emitting diodes 
13.    Liquid crystal display (LCD) 
14.    GPS systems 
15.    Online shopping/ecommerce/auctions (e.g., eBay) 
16.    Media file compression (jpeg, mpeg, mp3) 
17.    Microfinance 
18.    Photovoltaic Solar Energy 
19.    Large scale wind turbines 
20.    Social networking via the Internet 
21.    Graphic user interface (GUI) 
22.    Digital photography/videography 
23.    RFID and applications (e.g., EZ Pass) 
24.    Genetically modified plants 
25.    Bio fuels
26.    Bar codes and scanners 
27.    ATMs 
28.    Stents 
29.    SRAM flash memory 
30.    Anti retroviral treatment for AIDS 

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1. Internet, broadband, WWW (browser and html)- or the World Wide Web keeps changing the outlook of every person around the world. Truly the world gets smaller and smaller everyday with the help of cyberspace.

2. PC/laptop computers- PC is good as family computer while owning a laptop is more personal in usage and smaller or handy. It's like carrying all the data you wanted when it comes about the world, politics, music, videos and photos. PC started in the early 70s, while the laptop was only created for a small niche of users but the fate sided the portable product.

3. Mobile phones- You can also call it cellular or cellphoneand a very fine innovation of the conventional telephone that you can carry wherever you go. Just be careful and be watchful with snatchers frolicking public places.

4. E-mail- a paperless delivery through electronic or digital messaging. It replaces the conventional writing of snail mail or letters that will take a week before you receive a response.It is called Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) in 1982.

5. DNA testing and sequencing/Human genome mapping- or DNA profiling or genetic fingerprinting is the greatest innovation that's been developed by forensic scientists to assist in the identification of the individuals.It is also used in parental testing and criminal investigation.

6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)- also called nuclear magnetic resonance imaging or magnetic resonance tomography to visualize detailed internal structures of our body. We usually call it X-ray and also useful in detecting contraband or illegal drugs during inspection of goods or baggage inside the airport terminals.

7. Microprocessors- First came out during the 60s; constructed on a small scale uses, integrated with the CPU (central processing unit) of the computer. The first early microprocessors emerged in the 1970s and used it on electronic calculators.

8. Fiber optics- used for television, networking and telecommunications.

9. Office software (spreadsheets, word processors) - making documents and inventories were made easy by the set of software made by Microsoft and other companies.

10. Non-invasive laser/robotic surgery (laparoscopy)- is the latest method that will leave less scars after the patient's operation.

11. Open source software and services (e.g., Linux, Wikipedia)- I often use Wikipedia for research. It is an advertising-free site that you can edit, once you sign up.

12. Light emitting diodes- is brighter by cheaper than the regular fluorescent  or incandescent bulb.

13. Liquid crystal display (LCD)- replaces old computer monitors and the most important part of cellular phones.

14. GPS systems- or the Global Positioning System helps the shipping industry to locate lost ships; find the most abundant fishing grounds and helps you drive a car without hassles.

15. Online shopping/ecommerce/auctions (e.g., eBay)- favors busybodies when buying things online.

16. Media file compression (jpeg, mpeg, mp3)- I like to edit my pictures  from bitmap to JPEG. When compressing my audio files, I like to convert it as mp3.

17. Microfinance- the system enables small business entrepreneurs to borrow money to finance their livelihood programs.

18. Photovoltaic Solar Energy- an alternative source of energy that is pollution-free; if only all countries will adopt this technology, climate change will never be a problem. Tapping the energy of the sun is the best way to save this world from further destruction.

19. Large scale wind turbines- another alternative source of energy that will promote pollution-free surroundings while supplying the country without the worry of brownouts.

20. Social networking via the Internet- Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Orkut, LinkedIn...some of the most popular social media you can sign up and start adding your friends and family in your account. You can chat, be updated with what's happening around the world by these sites.

21. Graphic user interface (GUI)- or the gooey (GUI) alows the user to interact with images aside from text messages using their electronic devices, like the cellular phones. mp3 players, gaming devices, household appliances and office equipment.

22. Digital photography/videography- replaces the manual-flash cameras; producing vivid photos and videos you can store in your computer.

23. RFID and applications (e.g., EZ Pass)- Radio frequency identification (RFID) - makes it possible to give each product in a grocery store its own unique identifying number, to provide assets, people, work in process, medical devices etc. all with individual unique identifiers - like the license plate on a car but for every item in the world.

24. Genetically modified plants- are plants whose DNA is modified using genetic engineering techniques. The new plants are pest resistant and can withstand environmental problems.

25. Bio fuels - products, like bio-ethanol and bio-diesel come from sugar and starch crops. Sugarcane is one source of bio-ethanol, and also corn.  It replaces to much use of fossil fuels; an alternative fuel which is widely used in the USA, Europe and Brazil.

26. Bar codes and scanners- formerly used on labeling railroad cars but later on food products we used to buy in the market. At the paying station, you will notice the cashier will read the bar code with the use of bar code reader to know the item and corresponding price.

27. ATMs- the fastest way to  withdraw your money, without the bankbook. By only using automated teller machine (ATM) card or cashpoint, and punching your 6-digit password to get the cash. 

28. Stents - a wire metal mesh tube used to prop open an artery during angioplasty

29. SRAM flash memory- memory cards, USB flash drives can be considered as 'walking computers' because you can carry it wherever you go without excess baggage.

30. Anti retroviral treatment for AIDS-The aim of antiretroviral treatment is to keep the amount of HIV in the body at a low level. his helps the immune system of the patient to function normally without the side-effects of HIV.


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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thelyricwriter: It's been a pleasure knowing your interest on this article.

      Yes, 2012 is now in full-technology blast. You'll get confused which gadget you will use because the qualities are awesome. :D

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted useful, awesome, interesting, and up! What a great article Travel Man. Very interesting and it makes sense that these corporations are doing so good. Technology is far and beyond what I ever thought it would be in 2012.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @crystolite: These are some of the inventions and innovations that continue to satisfy us and ease our needs. Each year, new products of high-tech gadgetry come out in the market. It keeps upgrading!

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Awesome article which is well shared.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I love the ads that were patterned on 50s. Maybe, virtual reality is the new reality for younger generation. Thanks for voting it up!

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Awesome hub....I love the ads done up like a 50s ad....great youngest child is 2....I just wonder what she will have when she is my age....voted up and useful

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Yes, Ms. Pam. It's mind-boggling! These new technologies and innovations are simply amazing that we often rely on it everyday.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      The progress over the last 80 years is really astounding. Your hub is very interesting. Rated up.