Innovations of the last 50 years

Here’s an interesting exercise.  What are the top innovations of the  past few decades?

  1. the integrated circuit
  2. microprocessors
  3. the personal computer
  4. liquid crystal displays
  5. LEDs
  6. the modem
  7. TCP/IP
  8. the earth orbiting satellite
  9. commercial jet powered aviation
  10. microwave oven
  11. disk drives for mass storage
  12. thumbdrive
  13. solid state laser
  14. cell phones
  15. walkman to iPod
  16. CCD / digital camera
  17. rechargeable battery technology
  18. solar cell
  19. composite material
  20. foam/fiberglass surfboard
  21. thruster
  22. digital clock
  23. plastic eyeglass lenses
  24. the mouse
  25. digital audio reproduction
  26. subwoofer
  27. amplified musical instruments
  28. electret microphone
  29. multiplexing
  30. AK47 and M16
  31. composite airframes
  32. fuel injection
  33. transverse axel FWD
  34. disk brake
  35. vinyl
  36. organ transplant surgery
  37. synergetics
  38. concrete and steel construction
  39. gortex
  40. riptstop nylon
  41. dacron sailcloth
  42. ductape
  43. dot matrix, laser and inkjet printer
  44. unibody construction
  45. seatbelt
  46. velcro
  47. polycarbonate
  48. running shoe
  49. contact lens
  50. monofilament
  51. optical fiber
  52. power tools
  53. carbide 
  54. alkaline battery
  55. ACCU batteries
  56. anodized aluminum
  57. epoxy resins
  58. synthetic lubricants
  59. gas turbine
  60. plastic bbs
  61. teflon
  62. color TV
  63. cable TV
  64. printed circuit board
  65. industrial standardization
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