Top 30 Innovations of the Last 30 Years?

This is a tough question and having read a lot about innovating and all that, the word is still a abstract concept.  So while I remained confused – Nightly Business Report, the Emmy Award-winning PBS business program, and Knowledge@Wharton set set about discovering what Kicks in as an innovation in the past 30 years(http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=2163).  Looking at the list, most of the innovations have ingrained so deeply in our life that it’s a surprise we stop being amazed how this change came about.

Social Adoption, Crossing the chasm…I don’t know, it just happened!!!!.

The list is as follows, in order of importance:

  1. Internet, broadband, WWW (browser and html)
  2. PC/laptop computers
  3. Mobile phones
  4. E-mail
  5. DNA testing and sequencing/Human genome mapping
  6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  7. Microprocessors
  8. Fiber optics
  9. Office software (spreadsheets, word processors)
  10. Non-invasive laser/robotic surgery (laparoscopy)
  11. Open source software and services (e.g., Linux, Wikipedia)
  12. Light emitting diodes
  13. Liquid crystal display (LCD)
  14. GPS systems
  15. Online shopping/ecommerce/auctions (e.g., eBay)
  16. Media file compression (jpeg, mpeg, mp3)
  17. Microfinance
  18. Photovoltaic Solar Energy
  19. Large scale wind turbines
  20. Social networking via the Internet
  21. Graphic user interface (GUI)
  22. Digital photography/videography
  23. RFID and applications (e.g., EZ Pass)
  24. Genetically modified plants
  25. Bio fuels
  26. Bar codes and scanners
  27. ATMs
  28. Stents
  29. SRAM flash memory
  30. Anti retroviral treatment for AIDS

Posted by Digvijay "VJ" Singh Rathore

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