Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sunshine, Aug 23, 2009.
I'd say the aeroplane. Imagine how long it'd take us to travel overseas...
von Neumann machines, sometimes known as computers.
It is so simple and common we forget:
How about PIZZA?
Birth control pill hands down.
Well I guess you can't claim fire is an invention, we just sort of picked it up (ouch) from nature. However my personal favorite is related to it. Hot water for showers.
Does sex count as an invention, or a re-invention?
The light bulb. Without Edison's little light-sustaining filament, so many other things since then could never have been done.
Although I will give a nod that psik's answer, THE WHEEL, is the first and best one in terms of human evolution on a technical scale.
The written word.
The wheel as an invention seems overrated. Didn't the Aztecs get by without it? The winch, another five letter ancient mechanism starting with w, might be as important.
The greatest invention the world has ever known is - the rock - or rather the discovery that rocks can be made to do things that rocks don't normally do if left to their own devices - eg they can be used to bash animals on the head thus causing them to fall down dead and surrender their carefully hoarded store of protein without you going to all the trouble of finding interesting things to do while you wait for them to die.
It is very short step from holding a rock in your hand to throwing it, or tying it onto the end of a stick and thus making your arm longer and heavier - we still use these, we call them hammers.
The Rock. Greatest invention ever. Everything else follows from them and, as I have discovered from time to time, the buggers still work.
I've lost respect for him since he started doing all those Disney family movies.
How about the quern stone....... indirectly leading to the development of sliced bread?
You'd have a hard time ignoring the Swiss Army Knife and it's illegitimate lovechild... the multitool.
A tough call a very tough call in deed. There sure is a lot of crap we have today we could live without so I am not inclined to go with modern technology. Hmmm let me think - I'm gonna go with toilet paper. It sure does suck when you run out!
It's still a rock.
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