Did you hear my interview with the co-hosts of the podcast, "Sleepwalker," this morning? (Check out this blog page to hear a podcast of it if you didn't!). We discussed artificial intelligence - an invention which will continue to dramatically change our lives in the future. That can be a good thing - artificial intelligence is helping folks with artificial limbs move them using brain power - and, of course, it can be a bad thing (hello, Skynet!!!).
The development of artificial intelligence is an ongoing thing. What do people think is the most important invention of the past 25 years?
A UK survey, which could easily translate here, asked folks to reveal their thoughts on the best inventions of the last 25 years, with WiFi easily topping the list. Overall, 48% of people say WiFi is their favorite invention, while 41% opted for smartphone technology.
Think of this for a moment - you can probably remember a time when WiFi and smartphones WEREN'T part of our lives. But now - these inventions are an omnipresent part of our day. Remember when people were amazed by fax machines? Many folks in the office thought they were a fad. And then we adopted them - thinking they were the wave of the future. And then, suddenly, they were outdated.
Top Ten Inventions Of The Past 25 Years
(Click here to see the complete list of 25)
- Online banking
- Online search e.g. Google
- Online shopping e.g. Amazon
- Stem cell technology
- Flat-screen TVs
- Contactless payment