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Which invention has changed the world the most?

BourasOmar 2011/02/18 20:23:42
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  • Açorda sundance 2011/02/20 04:32:11
    Açorda
    Of course not having electricity in their home won't stop them from going to the internet (they go for an African version of Starbucks, even if they don't have electricity at home), but for someone to have internet in their own home they must have electricity.

    I'm Scruffy, the Janitor
  • sundance Açorda 2011/02/20 07:32:01 (edited)
    sundance
    +1
    Scruffy, that's funny. Ya know? I wonder when they will get a Wall Mart? They build one more here and I will be able to chip a good nine iron and hit three...
  • chaoskitty123 2011/02/19 07:35:16
    The automobile
    chaoskitty123
    +1
    The lightbulb could have been replaced by any number of things and it took decades for the lightbulb to make it into most homes where people were still using kerosene lamps and other methods to light their homes at night... toss in the fact that most people sleep at night and there are other ways to light the interior of buildings and the lightbulb gets relegated to a convenience that impacted society but you would truly have to drop it's significance on a list of the top inventions.

    Without the telephone, there never would have been any computers so people saying computers are the number one answer are wrong as telephones made computers possible and today your phones are becoming computers so that the fusion of the two continues but without satellites this wouldn't be possible. Computers have to rank low on this list as phones are more important by comparison and there would be no computers without phones.

    The answer of which had changed the world the most out of the list provided is automobiles. Automobiles gave us diesel trucks and the means for faster transportation. Trains are very limited in what they can do and rely on having countries with large rural populations. While big cities may have subways, subways are impractical for rural transportation. Diesel trucks can g...





    The lightbulb could have been replaced by any number of things and it took decades for the lightbulb to make it into most homes where people were still using kerosene lamps and other methods to light their homes at night... toss in the fact that most people sleep at night and there are other ways to light the interior of buildings and the lightbulb gets relegated to a convenience that impacted society but you would truly have to drop it's significance on a list of the top inventions.

    Without the telephone, there never would have been any computers so people saying computers are the number one answer are wrong as telephones made computers possible and today your phones are becoming computers so that the fusion of the two continues but without satellites this wouldn't be possible. Computers have to rank low on this list as phones are more important by comparison and there would be no computers without phones.

    The answer of which had changed the world the most out of the list provided is automobiles. Automobiles gave us diesel trucks and the means for faster transportation. Trains are very limited in what they can do and rely on having countries with large rural populations. While big cities may have subways, subways are impractical for rural transportation. Diesel trucks can get everywhere to deliver products delivering large quantities of food and other goods direct to the stores which is something trains cannot do. Cars / trucks allow an individual to do within an hour what would take a day or days to do with a horse or team of horses. In fact, automobiles are the main reason telephones spread into every home as without repair trucks, it would take weeks in some cases to locate and fix a downed telephone line. Without automobiles, many areas would likely still not have telephones, certainly wouldn't have computers and lightbulbs... same thing goes for electric lines as we see for telephone lines.

    One way to determine which has changed the world most is to reverse engineer the process. without phones there would be no computers like I said above and that means without telephones, computers couldn't have changed the world as they would never have existed. While we could have had phones without automobiles, the two are not exactly interdependent on one another like phones and computers. However, before cars, phones and telegraph lines were very difficult to maintain so that very few people had access to it and repairing these lines could take days or weeks or even months based on where you lived.

    If you got rid of computers, the world would still go on. If you got rid of lightbulbs, the world would still go on by developing other sources of light. If you got rid of phones, we would be greatly hampered meaning they are more important than lightbulbs or computers. But billions of people in the world do not have phones who are dependent on motorized vehicles and even if you have a phone to call 911 in an emergency, by the time someone got to you with a horse and buggy, you probably would be dead for a few hours by the time they got to you. Food and almost everything you take for granted gets to you because of automobiles which replaced horses and when one looks at the impact horses had on the world in regard to transportation, it's not hard to weigh in that automobiles are the most important things we have that have changed the world the most.

    Only people who know little about history would think otherwise as in order to say something has changed the world, you have to determine why, how and then weigh the impact... lightbulbs mean very little as it was electricity that is more important there and without electricity there would be no telephones (they need a mild current or batteries to work), no computers and while we would have automobiles possibly... it was the advent of electricity that has had the most impact on the world today.
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  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2011/02/19 07:33:13
    The automobile
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    +1
    For me it was tie between this and the light bulb....and the computer...and the telephone....=D
  • LesWaggoner BN 1 2011/02/19 07:26:42
    The computer
    LesWaggoner BN 1
    +2
    and internet access.
  • Isma'ila (God has heard)! 2011/02/19 07:26:24
    The computer
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    +5
    The computer has because you can use it to find information about so much stuff.
  • chaoski... Isma'il... 2011/02/19 07:39:01
    chaoskitty123
    +3
    But without phones there would have been no computers... without the lightbulb it might be said the desire for electricity wouldn't have taken off and as you know, a telephone needs a mild electric current to operate. Cars took over the role played by horses and horses more than anything else impacted the world.
  • Isma'il... chaoski... 2011/02/19 07:44:18
    Isma'ila (God has heard)!
    This is true.
  • Fef 2011/02/19 07:25:11
    The computer
    Fef
    +8
    Gun powder ranks up there, too.
  • Greg Fef 2011/02/19 08:16:27
    Greg
    That was discovered in 800AD. Not really new, but useful.
  • Willie 2011/02/19 07:14:34
    The automobile
    Willie
    The automobile has had the worst impact on the world, that's for sure. Aside from the pollution and the wars for oil, the automobile is also in part responsible for our epidemic obesity. I still think cars are awesome, though. Motorcycles, too.

    The printing press/moveable type should have been on the list. We still haven't seen the full effect that computers will have on the world, but up until now, the printing press was the most revolutionary invention.
  • chaoski... Willie 2011/02/19 07:57:21
    chaoskitty123
    +1
    Cars replaced horses and while you can point out pollution, the first cars were steam powered and even electric. The dream of an electric car actually begins in the 19th century and most automobile manufacturers that are now defunct failed because they pursued electricity, steam and other forms of fuel that lost out to fossil fuel. Wars for oil are actually nothing compared to wars before automobiles where generals wiped out entire countrysides to steal what they needed for their armies survival.

    While automobiles may have increased problems, it's population growth that's the real villain there and pollution to create electricity for lightbulbs, computers and even that mild charge you need for your telephone creates greater pollution than automobiles. Horses were the most important thing to mankind before the invention of automobiles to replace them and anything that could replace the horse would be the greatest invention.

    We take the printing press as being so important and yet, for every ounce of knowledge gained, a million ounces of garbage is printed creating greater ignorance for people learning lies, distortions and fabrications. A classroom full of students can learn just as much with a slate and a piece of chalk with the teacher recalling lessons from memory than most ...





    Cars replaced horses and while you can point out pollution, the first cars were steam powered and even electric. The dream of an electric car actually begins in the 19th century and most automobile manufacturers that are now defunct failed because they pursued electricity, steam and other forms of fuel that lost out to fossil fuel. Wars for oil are actually nothing compared to wars before automobiles where generals wiped out entire countrysides to steal what they needed for their armies survival.

    While automobiles may have increased problems, it's population growth that's the real villain there and pollution to create electricity for lightbulbs, computers and even that mild charge you need for your telephone creates greater pollution than automobiles. Horses were the most important thing to mankind before the invention of automobiles to replace them and anything that could replace the horse would be the greatest invention.

    We take the printing press as being so important and yet, for every ounce of knowledge gained, a million ounces of garbage is printed creating greater ignorance for people learning lies, distortions and fabrications. A classroom full of students can learn just as much with a slate and a piece of chalk with the teacher recalling lessons from memory than most learn with classbooks and computers... the fact some third world nations have better academic records than most public schools in the US proves that point.

    Also, the printing press led to clearcutting forests for paper so if you are an environmentalist, the printing press wasn't exactly the best invention.

    In fact, the one thing most devastating the world today is population growth as if it weren't for the fact we had so many people, the damage caused by cars, deforestation and so forth wouldn't be as bad as it is... this is a lead argument by fanatics who want to kill off a huge number of humans on the planet as wiping out 90% of the population would save the Earth they claim.

    And in regards to balance... electricity has been the greatest invention because until electricity was harnessed, the printing press only had a limited impact far less than most would believe until you examine that electricity spawned millions of inventions including electric printing presses.
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  • Propaganda, Ink. 2011/02/19 07:04:24
    The computer
    Propaganda, Ink.
    +3
    Free porn in the anonymous privacy of your own home...
  • Flea 2011/02/19 07:03:06
    The automobile
    Flea
    +2
    I think it's a toss up between electricity and the car
  • Illjwamh 2011/02/19 06:44:10
    The computer
    Illjwamh
    +3
    Of those? The computer. It's changed the way we do business, interact socially, communicate, entertain ourselves, and countless other things. It has completely transformed not only our culture but our entire civilization like nothing since the printing press has.

    Also:

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  • Flea Illjwamh 2011/02/19 07:04:19
    Flea
    +1
    I don't know-- without electricity, we wouldn't have the computer.....
  • Illjwamh Flea 2011/02/19 07:25:26
    Illjwamh
    But that wasn't one of the options.

    Unless you're saying that it should be considered another major step in between the press and the computer. I can see that, though it was as much a discovery as it was an invention.
  • Fef Flea 2011/02/19 07:26:57
    Fef
    +2
    We didn't invent electricity. It always existed - we discovered it and harnessed it. But, yes, that control surpasses all these choices.
  • magic_is_might BN-0 2011/02/19 06:41:10
    The automobile
    magic_is_might BN-0
    +1
    The wheel.
  • Moony 2011/02/19 06:29:59
    The light bulb
    Moony
    +4
    This my perspective:
    1.) The light bulb [So we could see each other at night having sex!]
    2.) The automobile [ So we could have sex in the back seat!]
    3.) The telephone [So we could engage in hot phone sex!]
    4.) The computer [ So we could have cyber sex!]
  • Epistemically Justified -- BN7 2011/02/19 06:11:30
    The computer
    Epistemically Justified -- BN7
    +5
    The computer is a good choice, here.

    I'd also have liked to see oral contraception (ie "The Pill") on that list.
  • Jake M 2011/02/19 06:10:36
    The computer
    Jake M
    +3
    The automobile replaced the horse, the light bulb replaced the candle, the telephone let you talk over long distances, but still it was just enhanced talking. The computer revolutionized the way the world works, allowing people to share data and information with millions of other people simultaneously. It is the biggest thing after fire and stone tools.
  • Wonder Woman 2011/02/19 06:04:20 (edited)
  • DrewyDrew 2011/02/19 05:45:26
    The computer
    DrewyDrew
    +3
    i dont have a reason i just think this
  • wtxwoman 2011/02/19 05:43:44
    The computer
    wtxwoman
    +1
    We have only begun and are seeing only the tip of the iceberg now. I hope we don't end up with a HAL!
  • Shark 2011/02/19 05:39:29
    The computer
    Shark
    +2
    Even though it all started with the light bulb, it was inevitable. Cars are great but are localized to specific areas and the telephone though worldly is itself, like a car and a light bulb, only advantageous to the localized proximity of itself. The computer on the other hand has encapsulated the planet like no other invention in mans history. advantageous localized proximity hand encapsulated planet invention mans history Computer World
  • Another Lone Wolf 2011/02/19 05:34:52
    The automobile
    Another Lone  Wolf
    +1
    car has changed the word by creating more pollution and if you think about it, they all do produce pollution.
  • Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru 2011/02/19 05:31:27
    The telephone
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +2
    Without the telephone....the internet would not exist....LOL
  • Dwight 2011/02/19 05:31:21
    The light bulb
    Dwight
    +1
    Electricity and the Light bulb allowed us to enjoy a longer day without the eyestrain of wood fires or candles and oil lamps. If you've ever had to make use of one to read by or work then you will understand.
  • Georgia50 2011/02/19 05:31:00
    The light bulb
    Georgia50
    +2
    Of the four, I agree with Wrinkled Foreskin that the light bulb greatly accelerated the other three. Kids prior to that studied by candle light. The light bulb eliminated that eye strain and lengthened study time.

    Being given to creature comforts, I recall this saying (paraphrased from memory): "When I consider the contribution that indoor plumbing makes to my life, all other inventions pale in comparison."

    Take my computer, ok. Take my hot shower, arm yourself.
  • *Mississippi Girl* 2011/02/19 05:27:51
    The light bulb
    *Mississippi Girl*
    +1
    Light bulb. Because with out it. there would be no other inventions
  • Walt 2011/02/19 05:23:17
    The telephone
    Walt
    +2
    I tend to think the telephone changed the world the most drastically, since the invention of the telephone is responsible for the electronics revolution as well as the internet revolution. Without telephone and switching systems, the computer would not have come into existence.
  • WGN 2011/02/19 05:15:54
    The computer
    WGN
    +3
    But the answer is actually none of these. The invention of movable type and the printing press has had the greatest effect on the world. It is the basis for what we know as Western Civilization.
  • Rob. 2011/02/19 05:13:49
    The automobile
    Rob.
    +1
    I said Auto ,but the truth Is The invention of flight by the Wright Brothers has profoundly changed the way our whole life is lived.
  • kateisgod 2011/02/19 05:12:30
    The telephone
    kateisgod
    +3
    sliced bread. >:( WHY ISN'T THAT AN OPTION?!?!?!?!
    sliced bread option sliced bread
  • Dolly 2011/02/19 05:05:03
    The computer
    Dolly
  • kingsleytin 2011/02/19 05:02:25
    The telephone
    kingsleytin
    +1
    telephone
  • urwutuis 2011/02/19 04:54:47
    The computer
    urwutuis
    +1
    Not actually the computer itself but the internet has changed things like no other invention. The instant access to worldwide information has accelerated the rate of change by leaps and bounds.
    The light bulb didn't change anything except perhaps the gas lamp industry. The auto got us moving faster as did the telephone but nothing can match computers and the web.
  • The Comic Book Guy 2011/02/19 04:49:47
    The computer
    The Comic Book Guy
    +5
    The Condom.

    condom condoms
  • Qynne The Com... 2011/02/19 05:10:12
    Qynne
    +4
    Dammit... I was gonna say condoms... :)

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