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 What revelotionary new technology has been invented in the last 60 years?
gaweidert  [Team Member]
1/10/2011 2:54:30 PM
I was born in 1951. I was talking with a friend of mine last Friday and we came to the conclusion that while great refinement of inventions has occurred in the last 60 years, we could not come up with anything new. Compared to the first 50 years of the 20th century the second half didn't really invent much at all. By 1951 there was computer, airplanes, phone systems, antibiotics, x-rays, radios, automobiles, radar, AC current, transistors and even lasers. What have we done lately? Basically so much was invented during the first half of the century we spent the second half refining what had been discovered.

Any thoughts out there?
ColonelHurtz  [Team Member]
1/10/2011 3:01:41 PM
Integrated Circuit.
tonnanitro  [Member]
1/10/2011 3:12:13 PM
internets
dbuster  [Team Member]
1/10/2011 3:18:34 PM
software
jimlostt  [Member]
1/10/2011 3:42:01 PM
genetic mapping
a308garand  [Team Member]
1/10/2011 3:47:29 PM
velcro (hook and loop fastener)

http://www.velcro.com/
buggsb  [Team Member]
1/10/2011 3:58:01 PM
Carbon composite structures?
phurba  [Life Member]
1/10/2011 3:58:58 PM
Really?

Transistor radios
Cell phones
EFI
Flash memory
(E)EPROMs
Vacuum fluorescent displays
LEDs in a practical package
LCDs
Plasma displays
Minicomputers
Microcomputers
Personal computers (each one of these represented a completely new way of doing things and I believe should be classified as a new invention)
Commercially viable MOSFETs
Commercially viable bipolar junction transistors
Molten salt reactors


That's off the top of my head in a few minutes.
xanadu  [Team Member]
1/10/2011 4:10:29 PM
Nuclear Power

Energy supply for industry is the basis of all recent inventions.
stevem1a  [Team Member]
1/10/2011 8:36:12 PM
DNA
Rockets capable of reaching orbit, then later interplanetary space
Communications satellites
Weather satellites
Photo surveillance satellites
Remotely operated submersible vehicles
Remotely piloted drones
phurba  [Life Member]
1/10/2011 10:58:33 PM
Originally Posted By stevem1a:
DNA
Rockets capable of reaching orbit, then later interplanetary space
Communications satellites
Weather satellites
Photo surveillance satellites
Remotely operated submersible vehicles
Remotely piloted drones


I'm pretty sure DNA existed prior to 1951
4v50  [Team Member]
1/12/2011 11:30:57 PM
Originally Posted By phurba:
Originally Posted By stevem1a:
DNA
Rockets capable of reaching orbit, then later interplanetary space
Communications satellites
Weather satellites
Photo surveillance satellites
Remotely operated submersible vehicles
Remotely piloted drones


I'm pretty sure DNA existed prior to 1951


Unpossible. If you can't see it with a microscope, it can't be there.
gaweidert  [Team Member]
1/13/2011 7:44:21 AM
Lots of neat things here, but I mean things like the transistor which is the basis of a lot of the electronics devices mentioned above. The V2 eventually got us into space, but rockets were around a lot longer. Aerial recon is merely a mating of several existing technologies. We have refined and improved semiconductor technology to almost it's theoretical limits mainly because we have had over 60 years to improve it. Just about everything we have and use in everyday life is based upon inventions preceding 1950. I was looking for a base technology type invention. Something that will take us in a whole new direction.
Sigurd  [Member]
1/13/2011 7:55:33 AM
Originally Posted By gaweidert:
Lots of neat things here, but I mean things like the transistor which is the basis of a lot of the electronics devices mentioned above. The V2 eventually got us into space, but rockets were around a lot longer. Aerial recon is merely a mating of several existing technologies. We have refined and improved semiconductor technology to almost it's theoretical limits mainly because we have had over 60 years to improve it. Just about everything we have and use in everyday life is based upon inventions preceding 1950. I was looking for a base technology type invention. Something that will take us in a whole new direction.


You won't know what those things are until 50 years from now.
phurba  [Life Member]
1/13/2011 12:32:55 PM
Originally Posted By gaweidert:
Lots of neat things here, but I mean things like the transistor which is the basis of a lot of the electronics devices mentioned above. The V2 eventually got us into space, but rockets were around a lot longer. Aerial recon is merely a mating of several existing technologies. We have refined and improved semiconductor technology to almost it's theoretical limits mainly because we have had over 60 years to improve it. Just about everything we have and use in everyday life is based upon inventions preceding 1950. I was looking for a base technology type invention. Something that will take us in a whole new direction.


Everything I listed was after 1950.

Discounting e.g. LEDs because the phenomenon was first noticed in the early 1900s isn't right. The technology to make it commercially viable didn't exist until the 1960s. Same way we have the basic ideas for quantum computing now, but it won't be a viable technology for years or decades.

And "transistor" is a pretty broad category - I listed several types of transistors which were invented after the 50s. The mechanisms of FETs, BJTs, etc are different enough that they're different inventions. They're not improvements on each other.
CTbuilder1  [Team Member]
1/13/2011 12:34:41 PM
fleshlight
quijanos  [Team Member]
1/13/2011 12:41:46 PM
La Rue Mounts
Ameshawki  [Member]
1/13/2011 12:51:24 PM
Glocks.
bmick325  [Team Member]
1/13/2011 12:59:42 PM
Originally Posted By ColonelHurtz:
Integrated Circuit.


The first post thing again.

Many of the things listed above came as a result of the IC.
stevelish  [Member]
1/13/2011 3:24:59 PM
viagra
lew  [Member]
1/14/2011 1:57:51 PM
Originally Posted By Ameshawki:
Glocks. Nuclear powered hand grenades.


Fixed.

thevibe  [Member]
1/14/2011 9:24:01 PM
Originally Posted By CTbuilder1:
fleshlight


BUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

Guys guys, come on! THE INTERNET!!!
Uberjager  [Member]
1/19/2011 11:50:10 PM
I can't believe no one said this yet, GPS!
scrum  [Team Member]
1/19/2011 11:54:33 PM
Revolutionary? Try the birth control pill. It's had more impact on modern society than the atom bomb.
zutmeloda2003  [Team Member]
1/20/2011 5:53:36 PM
lasik eye surgery

arfcom

politacal correctness
Uberjager  [Member]
1/21/2011 11:36:31 PM
Probably digital technology replacing nearly all of the analog tech. Think of the Apollo projects, those engineers used analog tech and slide rules.
kingairpilot  [Member]
2/3/2011 11:58:20 AM
Damn, somebody beat me to ARFCOM...so I'll go with internet porn