U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > History
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 07-20-2008, 04:08 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
29,920 posts, read 34,526,470 times
Reputation: 35918

Advertisements

There are a lot of items that have changed our world in the last 50 years. Computers, the Internet, Television, Air Conditioning were all major inventions that changed the way we live our lives.

What is the item that you think had the biggest influence in your life ?

My vote is the Microwave oven. From that moment on we became a I want it now and don't want to wait world. It changed the family where cooking and dinner was not the family event it had been. From that point on we had to have it all, we want it now and we want it delivered. This meant a 2nd income was needed and more women entered the work force.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-20-2008, 06:57 PM
 
2,790 posts, read 5,574,897 times
Reputation: 1913
Don't laugh-..... Robert Goddard and the liquid-fueled rocket. Without his work, my dad would never have been inspired to become a rocket scientist and I would not have had the childhood I did.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-20-2008, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
11,110 posts, read 7,352,332 times
Reputation: 6183
Television and Video Games

Made American Kids Fat and Lazy and will ultimitley lead to our downfall
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-20-2008, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
1,356 posts, read 5,324,961 times
Reputation: 889
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rakin View Post
My vote is the Microwave oven. From that moment on we became a I want it now and don't want to wait world. It changed the family where cooking and dinner was not the family event it had been. From that point on we had to have it all, we want it now and we want it delivered. This meant a 2nd income was needed and more women entered the work force.
The washing machine had the same effect.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-20-2008, 10:17 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
29,920 posts, read 34,526,470 times
Reputation: 35918
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cali BassMan View Post
Television and Video Games

Made American Kids Fat and Lazy and will ultimitley lead to our downfall
I would put air conditioning slightly ahead of these 2. As a kid we had no AC and it was to hot to stay in the house. You spent more time outside playing of hanging out in the shade. Of course this was TX in the Summer.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-21-2008, 06:50 AM
 
Location: West Texas
2,441 posts, read 5,245,515 times
Reputation: 3094
This may not be an invention, so much as an institution (if it's the latter, I apologize), but I would say the Stock Market. Although it's been a great way for people to get rich quick, I think it started the decline of a society as well.

I was reading the other day how the road systems and phone lines of today (for the most part) were made using blueprints and ideas from over 70 years ago. Back then, people were trying to use ingenuity to make things that would last 50-75 years.

Because of today's technology, and the stock market itself, it seems that moves (and visions) companies make are not to make life stable for 25 to 50 (or more) years out, but more to satisfy today's stock holders and increase the value of the stocks. Today, today, today. Let tomorrow fend for itself.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-21-2008, 07:19 AM
 
11,287 posts, read 16,808,067 times
Reputation: 5517
Without a doubt, the microprocessor. Digital technology has changed everything
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-21-2008, 07:34 AM
 
11,564 posts, read 17,496,164 times
Reputation: 17201
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moth View Post
Without a doubt, the microprocessor. Digital technology has changed everything
You took my idea when I read the title of the post - semiconductors/microprocessors. By far the biggest invention and most probably the major component of anything else that a person here will list (computers, microwaves, TV's, etc).

My second choice would be the development of the internet.

Someone mentioned air conditioning, refrigeration was an important invention but it was developed at the turn of the 19th century.

Someone mentioned the stock market, but an organized stock market of sorts has been around since the middle ages and some system of investment probably around since the dawn of man. The Netherlands had a thriving and well organized investment stock market in the 17th century.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-22-2008, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
2,833 posts, read 4,023,167 times
Reputation: 2997
I would have to say, personal computers and the internet.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-22-2008, 12:47 PM
 
485 posts, read 1,716,742 times
Reputation: 205
It's the 'net, beyond a doubt.

Now one can have a huge library in their home, with little elves bringing out the information desired in mere seconds.

I've been an amateur scholar all my life, and I've learned more in the past five years than I did in the previous twenty.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > History
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top