Abdulrahman Albawardi

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Which invention of the 20th century is most important to life today?

The era between 1901-2000, better known as the 20th century, witnessed the birth of some of the most remarkable creations. Right from electronic gadgets, automobiles, to articles of everyday use; these inventions stupefied the world at the time they were made. But, today, they have become a part of our lives and we literally cannot imagine life without them. Which invention of the 20th century do you consider to be the most important to life today? and why?

  • Apr 13 2014: Norman Borlaug developed semi-dwarf, high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties.Borlaug is often credited with saving over a billion people worldwide from starvation.
  • Apr 14 2014: Depends a bit on your value system I think.

    IN the communications realm, the radio, TV, Internet, and PC all come to mind.

    In the Science and Medicine arena, antibiotics, nuclear power, X-Rays and Cat Scans, Sterilizing surgical instruments, the human genome, In vitro fertilization, and immunization/eradication of serious diseases.

    In terms of transportation, the airplane, the automobile and trucks and the highway system, giant ships, military craft, rockets, and metro systems.

    In terms of quality of home life, automatic hot water, air conditioning, some of the entertainment items, a system of food transportation and distribution that supports massive population densities, telephones, washing and drying machines, and central heating.

    So, I think which is the most important depends on your value system and how these things influence your value system.

    I think the thing that has extended life and improved the quality of life the most would be at the top of my list. So I think this would be medical, and probably penicillin or anti-biotics. I think a close second would be the car/truck and associated highway system.
  • Apr 13 2014: There is really only one invention of the 20th century and that is the jet engine. I believe it was the invention that made us believe we could fly to the moon. It shortened the distance between two points from days to hours. I know this invention is probably on the low list and tech or biology developments will be favored. Jet engines have transformed us by pushing the boundaries of what is known in speed and intelligence. It's spurred development of other products including the transistor and computers. Imagine for the moment what our lives would be without jet travel. Cannot be imagined. This was why jihadest used jets to make their anti technology statement.
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      Apr 14 2014: Close but way off, it was Powered Flight starting in 1903 via the Wright Brothers.
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    Apr 13 2014: This is a more difficult question that I thought it was going to be - so many inventions I associate with the 20th century actually began in the 19th, or earlier. At first I was going to say inoculation, but that seems to have been invented in the 18th century.

    So, I'm going to have to go with the transistor circuit, which makes so much of modern life possible.
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    Apr 15 2014: Automated Coffee machines, Where great minds can spend more time to think while walking..
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    Apr 15 2014: I have to ask everyone;
    What recent invention has a good possibility to be an important part of our day to day life, by the end of the 21st century?

    I feel quadcopters could be delivering our mail, groceries/meals, meds, trimming our trees and bushes, picking and delivering fruit from out tree in the back yard, and maybe even giving us a ride to work.
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    Apr 15 2014: I believe INTEGRATED CIRCUIT is the most important invention of the 20th century and the INTERNET is the second most important.

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    Apr 14 2014: "INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, 1958

    Although the invention of what we know as the microchip has been attempted a couple of times, the successful manufacturing of integrated circuits was done independently by two scientists: Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor. The impact of the microchip is obvious in all our modern digital technology, including the internet. Our modern society is wholly dependent on the integrated circuit. I wouldn't be writing on Hub Pages without it."

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    Apr 14 2014: The “Vacuum Tube”, without vacuum tubes we like would have transistors, modern computers, internet, HD TVs, and more.

    Powered Flight is big, but it does not effect daily life.
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    Lejan .

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    Apr 14 2014: Many!
  • Apr 13 2014: So many things have their roots in prior centuries. For example, Chinese, Indian, etc medical people used moss/mold to stop infection. They did not know about antibiotics but you could say, they pointed the way. Similarly, for so many things, even the Internet and transistors.

    As Newton said, "On the shoulders of giants."
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    Apr 13 2014: the electric guitar and rock n roll
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    Apr 13 2014: Without a moment's hesitation or the slightest doubt -- The Internet. Bigger than the invention of the wheel or the lever - by far. It is the best educational tool in the world (for as long as it is uncensored), and it is lifting billions around the globe out of a great delusion. It will help save humanity from self-extinction.
  • Apr 13 2014: No doubt in my mind, the internet. Why? Because it potentially harnesses the brain power of 7 billion people plus all the information of all time... top that one. Any human today who is bored does not fully understand the internet.
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      Apr 17 2014: Agreed, as I so often opine ... for me "boredom" is simply a lack of imagination.
  • Apr 13 2014: The 20th century disposable condom (not the 19th century sheep's bladder thing) because it is a more efficacious, effective and efficient contraceptive than a thermos flask.
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    Apr 13 2014: The thermos.
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    Apr 17 2014: I vote for water, from improved filtration and desalination to spill cleanup and stream restoration, because without healthy and accessible water life itself is at risk.

    Conversely, it is too bad so many of us are still so disrespectful of that understanding. It is also evident just how criminally negligent we have become when we permit water to be commodified.
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    Apr 17 2014: I would think computers because not only the internet but the way they can keep records
  • Apr 15 2014: without doubt the most important thing ever to be invented is the Fulminology machine because it saves the planet, this free clean energy has been around for millions of years, this energy source is like a pill for eternal life, free of all diseases can you imagine the impact of free clean energy?
    FULMINOLOGY MACHINE anything else written here is secondary