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(Popular Science)   Out of all the inventions and innovations in the past 25 years, which are the best of the best, the top 25? Let's see what the folks at Popular Science have come up with   (popsci.com) divider line 28
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2012-11-16 08:58:48 AM  
Appears they think "The Slideshow" is one.
 
2012-11-16 09:05:10 AM  
I'd put deslide.clusterfake.net in the top 5.
 
2012-11-16 09:09:52 AM  
Diamond Rio PMP300, 1998

Bullshiat! Everyone knows steve jobs invented mp3 players.

There were several things on that list that I think are not innovative.. at all. Not to mention the fact that there's 2 digital cameras. One is just a logical improvement upon the previous one.
 
2012-11-16 09:11:17 AM  
My top 3 from that list: first digital camera, the Mosaic broswer, and wi-fi. 
 
Still not sure how seedless watermelon ended up on the list, though.
 
2012-11-16 09:14:44 AM  
The burj kalifa is beautiful, but it's kind of a slap in the face to all the people who suffered and you know, died for a building that can't even get tenants.
 
2012-11-16 09:32:47 AM  
That wasn't that bad of a list except for a few that were previously mentioned;

The burj kalifa
last time I checked tall buildings have been around a long time

seedless watermelons
sure it's great but top 25 in the last 25 years?

the 2nd digital camera
this has been covered by BraveNewCheneyWorld

tivo
There was a wonderful invention called a VCR that could record preset channels and times if anybody bothered to read their manuals.
 
2012-11-16 09:37:37 AM  
I'll agree with about 19 out of 25 of those. Not a bad percentage compared to most "Top XX" lists.
 
2012-11-16 09:47:25 AM  
Also Xbox live versus PSN. PSN is free and does the same things listed in the article and did them at the same time. XBL might have given more emphasis on expanding value of your game with a more dedicated online service, but thats not truly innovative consider PC also did the same thing...for free.
 
2012-11-16 09:59:45 AM  
From the ABS slide:
" a central controller monitors the rotation of the car's wheels; when the system senses a differential in the RPMs, it signals pressure valves to either slow of speed of the offending wheels. "

I miss the old days when copy editors were employed by major publications such as Popular Science.

It's not just the grammar. I can't even figure out what they were trying to say. If it's just based on a difference in the RPM, how does it choose which wheel is the 'offending' wheel?
 
2012-11-16 10:11:19 AM  

thecpt: Also Xbox live versus PSN. PSN is free and does the same things listed in the article and did them at the same time. XBL might have given more emphasis on expanding value of your game with a more dedicated online service, but thats not truly innovative consider PC also did the same thing...for free.


well to be fair Microsoft did change the way we interact with our consoles, back in the PS2/Gamecube/Xbox days internet connectivity was still the domain of the PC

that said, it's not really an innovation i would put up there with genome sequencing or anything, it was something that would happen inevitably and the only thing really keeping it from happening sooner was the lack of broadband in households

i'd say the more important household tech innovation has been the capacitive touchscreen which has basically revolutionized the way we interact with computers and opened them up to a much larger segment of the world population than traditional computers did
 
2012-11-16 10:11:36 AM  
I guess I'll never know since these dipshiats think a slideshow is awesome. Or at least until someone deslides it.
 
2012-11-16 10:12:15 AM  
Burj Khalifa? Some Arab sheik's dick substitute? I'd rather have the Millau Bridge.
 
2012-11-16 10:16:25 AM  

AdamK: well to be fair Microsoft did change the way we interact with our consoles, back in the PS2/Gamecube/Xbox days internet connectivity was still the domain of the PC

that said, it's not really an innovation i would put up there with genome sequencing or anything, it was something that would happen inevitably and the only thing really keeping it from happening sooner was the lack of broadband in households

i'd say the more important household tech innovation has been the capacitive touchscreen which has basically revolutionized the way we interact with computers and opened them up to a much larger segment of the world population than traditional computers did


ok, I was also thinking Dreamcast was the actual innovation too, but I guess Xbox invested in making it a viable reason to buy their product. To me it's not a great innovation in comparison to what you mentioned or even the newer things like the gaming camera that's makes you move like an idiot and accepts voice commands. It's silly now but it appears to be an untapped innovation with much potential.
 
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2012-11-16 10:20:04 AM  
I was using my TV to access the internet way before the xbox or dreamcast using a computer and a wireless keyboard. Where's my slide?
 
2012-11-16 10:31:50 AM  
 
2012-11-16 10:45:52 AM  

thecpt: Also Xbox live versus PSN. PSN is free and does the same things listed in the article and did them at the same time. XBL might have given more emphasis on expanding value of your game with a more dedicated online service, but thats not truly innovative consider PC also did the same thing...for free.


No it doesn't.

No it didn't.

I use both quite often and the old adage 'you get what you pay for' is very true in this instance. PSN is consistently slower. offers less services. and feels tacked on to the console. XBL was around well before any unified service from Sony. I agree it's not really revolutionary enough to be on the same list as the digital camera, or the first web browser but don't kid yourself about the quality of the PSN.
 
2012-11-16 10:47:25 AM  

The Voice of Doom: deslided

You da man!
 
2012-11-16 10:54:05 AM  

Egoy3k: I use both quite often and the old adage 'you get what you pay for' is very true in this instance. PSN is consistently slower. offers less services. and feels tacked on to the console. XBL was around well before any unified service from Sony. I agree it's not really revolutionary enough to be on the same list as the digital camera, or the first web browser but don't kid yourself about the quality of the PSN.


Are you talking PS2 versus Xbox or PS3 versus 360? The article seems to be talking about both considering their time frame of what they mention and I've had a much better and faster experience with PS3 now than with 360, although it is lopsided for the former matchup towards XBL.
 
2012-11-16 10:55:48 AM  
weknowmemes.com

Couldn't even remotely find a safer way of posting this as a picture reference.
 
2012-11-16 10:58:14 AM  
Yeah, all in all I thought they did a decent job with this. I may have removed one of the digital cameras, and maybe put something like USB in there instead
 
2012-11-16 11:10:38 AM  

thecpt: Egoy3k: I use both quite often and the old adage 'you get what you pay for' is very true in this instance. PSN is consistently slower. offers less services. and feels tacked on to the console. XBL was around well before any unified service from Sony. I agree it's not really revolutionary enough to be on the same list as the digital camera, or the first web browser but don't kid yourself about the quality of the PSN.

Are you talking PS2 versus Xbox or PS3 versus 360? The article seems to be talking about both considering their time frame of what they mention and I've had a much better and faster experience with PS3 now than with 360, although it is lopsided for the former matchup towards XBL.


It might depend on how we are connecting (and where we are as well) to be honest. I have both consoles wired due to some interference in my house. I find myself buying slightly crappier versions of games for the xbox instead of the slightly better versions available on the PS3 simply because I have a better experience with XBL.

My best example is when Sony was back slapping themselves for creating text chat rooms when XBL had already had the party (voice chat with up to 8 people) system in place for months.
 
2012-11-16 11:12:13 AM  

thecpt: AdamK: well to be fair Microsoft did change the way we interact with our consoles, back in the PS2/Gamecube/Xbox days internet connectivity was still the domain of the PC

that said, it's not really an innovation i would put up there with genome sequencing or anything, it was something that would happen inevitably and the only thing really keeping it from happening sooner was the lack of broadband in households

i'd say the more important household tech innovation has been the capacitive touchscreen which has basically revolutionized the way we interact with computers and opened them up to a much larger segment of the world population than traditional computers did

ok, I was also thinking Dreamcast was the actual innovation too, but I guess Xbox invested in making it a viable reason to buy their product. To me it's not a great innovation in comparison to what you mentioned or even the newer things like the gaming camera that's makes you move like an idiot and accepts voice commands. It's silly now but it appears to be an untapped innovation with much potential.


technically among gaming consoles built only for TV's, the SNES did it first (IIRC)

the kinect (what you were referring to) has potential in a more expensive more advanced form, but gaming is more constraining for that tech than anything else, it'd be better suited for industrial/commercial use than consumer use as computers can actually become "aware of surroundings" with that thing
 
2012-11-16 11:42:25 AM  
Internet pr0n is the greatest innovation of all time... OF ALL TIME!!
 
2012-11-16 11:44:08 AM  

Egoy3k: That wasn't that bad of a list except for a few that were previously mentioned;

The burj kalifa
last time I checked tall buildings have been around a long time

seedless watermelons
sure it's great but top 25 in the last 25 years?

the 2nd digital camera
this has been covered by BraveNewCheneyWorld

tivo
There was a wonderful invention called a VCR that could record preset channels and times if anybody bothered to read their manuals.



True, perhaps, but their point still stands. Even if it was 'possible' sooner, it was not until the TiVo that a massive shift from "must watch show X at 8pm" started to happen.
Easy to use interface(MUCH harder to screw up and record wrong time/channel), easy to use hardware(no digging for a blank tape), higher quality recording, less risk of missed shows due to schedule changes or power outages... And at a time when TV shows weren't ready for download from the internet 30 seconds after they ended, VCRs were just too much of a risk for people to put faith in to and risk missing their shows, in addition to not being easy to use.

Back when I got a TiVo, I never again watched a single show live, ALWAYS waited at least 15 minutes to have enough buffer to fast-forward through commercials, or just waited until the next day to watch it.

Of course now all I watch is Netflix, but that's another innovation.
 
2012-11-16 11:48:08 AM  
Glad to see some genetically modified fruit make the list. Anyone else feel a little itchy?
 
2012-11-16 12:45:43 PM  
Not a horrible list, but Xbox Live and 802.11g weren't "innovations" so much as natural incremental evolution of previous innovations. Wi-Fi was a big thing in homes, businesses, and coffee shops long before people had 802.11g wireless cards. The way they describe 802.11g, it sounds like they're talking about 802.11b, which would have been a better choice. Xbox Live just transplanted the disorganized online PC gaming experience into the centralized, managed, curated world of console gaming, which was the standard treadmill for gaming innovation at the time (bleeding edge PC -> polished console.)

The introduction of the Diamond Rio was an important moment, but it's hard to call it an "innovation" when my generation had been taking our music with us our whole lives using Walkmans and Discmans. Technology moved briefly backwards when we become locked to a single place to listen to music (like our parents!) and mp3 players did no more than restore the former status quo. (Until higher capacity devices made it possible to carry massive amounts of music, which was driven by falling prices for larger memory chips, not innovation.)

In a thread like this, I can never resist posting Umberto Eco's case for the introduction of lentils to Europe as a world-changing invention.
 
2012-11-16 01:47:50 PM  
No internet porn huh? What a crappy site and a slideshow! I expect more from you popular science!
 
2012-11-16 02:17:54 PM  
No one saw this, huh? Check the blue link name.. Slipped one by the editors
LOL

i863.photobucket.com
 
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