Major inventions of the 21st Century: Apple has three
What do you think is the most important invention of the current century? Could it be the iPhone, the Nissan Leaf or the Nintendo Wii? Or, perhaps, the iPad?
The Telegraph newspaper has listed 18 of the most significant inventions of the century and it constitutes a pretty strange bunch. While I’ve never heard of the AbioCor artificial heart, and I have a very passing acquaintance with IBM’s Watson, the rest sound a likely candidates.
It is particularly interesting that no fewer than three Apple products are featured in the list—iPod, iPhone and iPad. All three are worthy contenders; and I would even go further and add the App Store concept to the list. In its way, it is the App Store that has empowered both the iPhone and the iPad and helped make them the successes that they have become. Another interesting omission is Twitter. I wonder why?
Both phone and tablet have transformed our lives. And the iPad, in particular, has altered for the better the lives of a generation of older people. Before the iPad they were largely excluded from the benefits of the computer age. No longer, for the iPad is not seen as a computer, it is merely a tool for emails, web browsing, booking holidays and keeping in touch with friends.
In addition to the well-deserved placings for Apple's three landmark products, there's no denying the impact of Bluetooth, Skype, Facebook, YouTube or the Amazon Kindle. All, in their own ways have transformed our lives. Spotify, too, has turned the music industry upside down. It's been a long road from the LP and the CD, but now most of us can enjoy unlimited music at a nominal cost.