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Top 10 Technological Advancements of the Past 50 Years

Updated: Feb 7

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Innovation has more than transformed our world. It has redefined it in countless ways, including developments in science and technology. We see the results every day, as innovations such as smartphones and tablets have fundamentally changed how we interact, communicate, buy, consume, and do business.

Major inventions like the internet and the iPhone have forever shaped our perspectives on mankind and how we view technology. We're already living in an AI-driven world, and a majority of us rely on our virtual assistant to help us make the most out of the technology.

In another ten years, we will increasingly rely on artificial intelligence as a tool for tasks that have historically been done by humans. That doesn't mean that it's going to replace human employees. It will just add an unknown quantity to the equation when people are trying to decide whether to hire someone new for a given position.

What makes a successful invention

To be successful, it's not as crucial for your idea to be revolutionary at first. It's more vital for you to have the right ingredients. An idea can still be a huge success, even if it's moderately innovative. An idea's success depends on the kind of product it becomes and the choices you make to develop your idea into a real product.

Check out what makes an invention great according to the experts:

Click on the video above to view what makes a winning invention.

We're all familiar with an invention that changed the world for the better; for instance, the biometric scanner, the cellphone, the tablet, and the bicycle were inducted into the American Innovation Hall of Fame for their impact on the way we live.

When we think about the past 50 years and the technologies that have been released, we can say that smartphones have been one of the most significant technological development in the world. They're certainly the most powerful device we have ever had in the palm of our hands.

Smartphones are the most affordable computer, and they have become the primary mode of communication in the modern world. It has ushered in a new era of convenient and easy-to-use technology that has impacted the way we interact with our friends, family, and the world at large.

Top 10 Technological Advancements of the Past 50 Years

To understand the future, we need to learn from the past, and there are many bright examples to look at.

Today, you can read the same content in less than a minute, get it free, and learn how to get paid to create it. It's just a Google search away. While we can be pessimistic about how the future might shape up, it's hard not to be excited about the future and what it holds.

Here are 10 inventions that have had a significant effect on the world.

  1. The Internet => What you want baby, I got it, what you need... well Google it.

  2. Satellite Technology => world wide communications

  3. Email & SMS => messaging communications

  4. The iPhone/iPad => minuterised personal compuring

  5. The BitCoin=> virtual currency

  6. The Electric Car => sustainability & the environment

  7. The Smartwatch => from health to GPS to notifications and calls

  8. Digital Cameras => the Selfie.

  9. The Social Media => YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram...

  10. Artificial Intelligence => Personal assistants

For every successful invention, thousands failed and never got to market. But even the successes were only possible thanks to failures.

As Thomas Edison famously put it, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work".


Innovation is the driving force behind technological advancement and commerce. It's what creates new jobs, markets, products, and services. Innovation has transformed our world thanks to a never-ending swarm of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and risk-takers.

Major inventions like the internet and the iPhone have forever shaped our perspectives on mankind and how we view technology.

The coming decades will be an unbelievable journey. The age of rapid innovation is upon us, and nothing will stop the march forward.

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Nassia Skoulikariti

Founder/CEO Apiro Data Ltd

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