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1 - hydraulic power
2 - barcodes

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 04:39:36 AM »
artificial fertilizer
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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 07:33:19 AM »
Not so much technologies as discoveries

penicillin
electricity

pure tech

telegraph
mass production

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 08:12:25 AM »
safe tap water

anesthetics
vaccinations


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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 12:03:49 PM »
Birth control aka The Pill, nothing even comes close.

I'm reserving judgement on number 2 but CDB oil might pan out.

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2018, 01:04:32 PM »
Air Conditioning
Turbines

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2018, 02:07:29 PM »
The Web?

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2018, 02:56:33 PM »
>>> The Web?

WELL, it is 2 words  ;D
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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2018, 07:56:44 PM »
- water purification
- the plow (including disk harrows, etc, etc... tech to turn earth)

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2018, 09:42:36 PM »
>Birth control

Having four kids in California in the 21st century I get some odd questions; mostly people ask what religion we are.  It is like it is inconceivable that someone would actually want to have  four kids.

>>> The Web

If this was a top 5 list the web would be in mine.  I think the web is one of humanities greatest (as in long term impact & potential for global quality of life improvement) creations.  Probably most of the impact is in the developing world.

>safe drinking water/vaccinations/anesthetics/the plow/artificial fertilizer/antibiotics/electricity


All things that make the modern first world possible.  If you remove any of those life gets considerably harder.  A few of them are going to get harder to have in the future.

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2018, 10:29:31 PM »
The question that I find more interesting, is typically something like "name 2 technologies with a bigger impact on social relations than people think."

The example I always like to give is matches. Before matches, women in rural villages would let the home fires go out and then have an excuse to go to the neighbor and beg some coals. It was an important social opportunity for women. When cheap matches were invented and pushed out to villages in the 1800s (to stop villages with thatch roofs from burning down due to blowing embers from women carrying coals), women lost a significant social outlet and their lives became significantly more isolated.

Refrigeration is another one. We think of it's huge impacts - food storage, all manner of poduce out of season shipped from miles away. But in 1950s France, people typically went to the grocery store twice a day. When refrigerators became common, they went once a week. This was a major factor in destroying the daily sociability of village life in rural France.

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2018, 10:36:12 PM »
There are others - the "iron feather" (plume de fer) that made writing much cheaper and much easier in the 1800s. Meanwhile, wood pulp paper, around the same time, made paper much cheaper. People think of the "print revolution" of Gutenberg et al, but this subtle change had a significant impact on society as well, not just in terms of literacy and communication, but also in terms of, within a century, destroying the occupation of "chiffonnier" (rag picker), who picked up all manner of detritus from the streets to recycle back into the paper-making industry.

It is what motivated Prefect Poubelle to require garbage cans to be placed around towns in his prefecture, beginning in 1884 - the people who once cleaned the streets and recycled these materials back into productive use, especially in the paper industry, were no longer needed. Instead, large forests of trees were needed and paper was almost always "virgin" paper, not part of a continuous cycle.

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2018, 10:58:14 PM »
Refrigeration is another one. We think of it's huge impacts - food storage, all manner of poduce out of season shipped from miles away. But in 1950s France, people typically went to the grocery store twice a day. When refrigerators became common, they went once a week. This was a major factor in destroying the daily sociability of village life in rural France.

I never thought of refrigeration being a spark of modern isolation on par with big box stores and ecommerce.


BTW, sort of related to this topic... Has anybody ever gone into a Sonic fastfood joint?  What a dystopian nightmare! 

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2018, 11:08:11 PM »
>Sonic

Louise takes the grandkids.  I've never been.

>bigger impact on social relations than people think.

That was my intent, sorta, when I started the thread.  Barcodes have become a universal language  ...one that drones & bots will read fluently.

>hydraulics

Taken for granted -like steam power before it- but we're literally moving mountains with it now.

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Re: Name 2 technologies that have impacted modern life the most
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2018, 01:33:38 PM »
>Sonic

There is one walking distance from the office here. I went once and felt really, really weird not eating it in my car. Haven't been there on foot since.