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Top 30 Innovations in 30 Years

PBS Nightly Business partnered with Knowledge@Wharton to pick the top 30 innovations in the past 30 years. These innovations are part of normal now but they didn’t exist at one time and lead the way to big changes in how we live, work and play.
Here are the thirty technology innovations from that list.
Fiber optics
Biofuels
Mobile phones
Microfinance
Photovoltaic cells
Anti-retroviral
AIDS treatment
LCDs
Bar codes
E-mail
Media file compression
GUI
Microprocessor
Digital photgraphy
Internet
Open source software
RFID
Office software
E-commerce
Non-invasive surgery
PC/Laptops
MRI
DNA sequencing
SRAM/Flash memory
ATMs
Wind turbines
Stents
GPS
LEDs
Genetically modified plants
Social networks on Internet
You can see the rankings here.
Just about every one has had a big impact on library land.
Stephen

Posted on: February 20, 2009, 1:10 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Great post!
    My husband and I went through this list and realized that most of these innovations have come into their own in the last 15 years. Our conversation went further to include such innovations that happened during my grandma’s lifetime (1907 – 1993). Interesting comparisons.
    I like the fact that you included medical innovations, as well as those in the computer and Internet field. It seems that, in education, the push has totally been for computers and limited software usage. I am glad to see that there are those of us who embrace all innovations and see the bigger picture.
    Thank you.