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The Seven Technological Wonders of the World

During the TR Out Loud podcast on April 18, 2008, TechRepublic member Maxwell Edison asked the following Question of the Week: "What would you include in a list of the Seven Technological Wonders of the World?" Take a look at the answers that we received, and then add your own entries to the list.

During the TR Out Loud podcast on April 18, 2008, TechRepublic member Maxwell Edison asked the following Question of the Week: "What would you include in a list of the Seven Technological Wonders of the World?"

We received a few great answers, including a list from Maxwell Edison himself -- Images: The Seven Technological Wonders of the World. Here are his answers:

  1. The Hubble Space Telescope
  2. The International Space Station
  3. The Artificial Pacemaker
  4. The Mars Rover
  5. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  6. The Global Position System (GPS)
  7. Voyager Spacecraft

Other answers -- compliments of TR members Oz Media, jdclyde, and Hal 9000 -- include the following:

  • The First Solid State Transistor
  • MP3 format/players
  • The Canadarm Space shuttle
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Mobile hardware, which incorporate Internet and e-mail services (includes the cell phone, of course)
  • Satellites
  • Digital sound mixing tools and onstage aides
  • Torrent, nzb, rar files, etc. (Yay, file sharing)
  • Radio
  • Television
  • TCPIP
  • Electronic security/access systems

What other technological wonders would you add to the list?

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22 comments
abhikd
abhikd

My vote goes to the following (not in order of priority): 1. Wifi 2. Bluetooth 3. Internet 3. Touchscreen 4. Google 5. Artificial Intelligence (the kind used in 3D games) 6. Mobile phone 7. Microprocessors

francisco1de9jess46
francisco1de9jess46

I think Palm has much to do with what we use in our hand for our work today and after that all other MFg follow them as well as with the smartphones

GrizzledGeezer
GrizzledGeezer

...and the SX-70 camera & integral film for it, in particular. A marvelous example of implementing what, on the surface, seems utterly impossible. Ditto for the NTSC & PAL color-TV systems. They are even more amazing than television itself.

$dunk$
$dunk$

No one mentioned the Internet yet. Quite a bit more technologically wonderful than everything listed so far other than possibly the Mars Rover.

warren
warren

the microprocessor the invention that sparked it all

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

The original Seven Wonders listed a specific wonder, not a category. For example, The Great Wall of China is on a Seven wonders list, but not walls in general. On my list, I have both specific Wonders and general categories. The Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station are specific, but satellites would be more general in nature. My Artificial Heart Pacemaker and MRI are also general in nature, and wouldn't meet the criteria if we're looking for specific Wonders. What should be the criteria for a Wonder to make the list? General or specific? One that makes a huge impact, or anything that might have a gee-whiz factor? I guess I didn't think it out to this extent when I asked the question. All of the answers are great ones, but should we establish some sort of criteria? If so, what should it be? My vote would be to list only a specific Wonder, since that would keep in line with the historical Wonders lists. (Of course, that means many on my list would have to be scratched.) What's your opinion?

charlieu
charlieu

Microchip Didn't see it on the list...without this, most of the others on the list wouldn't exist.

artsohc
artsohc

Talk about a single technologcal devise that shaped human history for all nations and people.

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

Oh wait, that's either not real or hasn't been invented yet!

RFink
RFink

Those made mass communitications possible. .-.-.

Bizzo
Bizzo

A must for anything mobile.

maecuff
maecuff

I'd have to add movable type. It all started there. (at least in my humble opinion).

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

Particle accelerators (such as the one at Fermi Lab or the one near completion in Europe) have and will continue to give us exponentially more information concerning the 'nature of nature' than just about any other item on the list. The one in Fermi even has a chamber that can be used to help treat some forms of aggressive cancer. In terms of cool factor, they may not account for much (unless you think of them as blowin' stuff up on an atomic scale)...but if there are any major breakthroughs in energy, space propulsion or anti-gravity, it will probably be as the result of an experiment done at a particle accelerator facility.

danbuntu
danbuntu

Surely these two have transformed business?

MGP2
MGP2

As opposed to a real one?

seanferd
seanferd

and all the bits that make it work. We wouldn't have gotten anywhere listening to Edison.

RFink
RFink

Drop one on Detroit and you'll have about $1B of improvment. :D

maecuff
maecuff

Flux and thought mrmiami was back... Much better to have the Back to the Future reference. :)

jdclyde
jdclyde

just the type to want to move your type around, time and time again. now, if your MY type, you type your type correctly the first time.... :p

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

sorry, i just cannot stop laughing..

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