2017 should be a banner year for exciting new technologies and innovations. It got me thinking: what are the 25 best things humanity has invented over the last 100,000 or so years?
25. The Chariot
The chariot revolutionized warfare in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, introducing the first real version of mobile warfare to the battlefield.
21. The Sword
20. The Bow and Arrow
The stock long range weapon of armies the world over before guns, archers and other missile troops dominated defensive warfare for millennia.
19. Virtual Reality
18. The Ship
17. Cloud Computing
The external storage of data on the cloud will completely revolutionize our society’s informational capacity. We are just now beginning to understand the new scopes of our limits.
14. Green Energy
13. Nuclear Devices
The discovery of DNA completely changed our conception of how we work. As we map the genome and make new discoveries daily, our understanding of genetics will completely change our concept of living – and of death.
11. The Automobile
9. Mobile Devices
No building, or military, material has been more fundamental to creating modern society than steel. None of our cities and few of our most important possessions would exist without it.
5. Domesticated Animals
4. The Television
3. The Computer
How do you rank between computers, phones, radio, and television? They are all collectively part of the greatest – and still just beginning – revolution in human history – communication.
Ultimately, computers are the future. If computers’ capabilities continue to grow at their present pace, one computer will process more ‘brain’ activity than the entire human race by 2040.
2. The Radio
1. The Telephone