When applying ourselves, we humans tend to be extremely creative and ingenious. Over the past century, for example, we have made more technological breakthroughs than we made throughout the rest of our documented history. Some of these inventions were created to improve our quality of life, others to help us be more efficient and productive. All of them, however, have undoubtedly elevated our species as a whole and made us more interconnected today than any other point in time.
We human beings are ingenious by nature, constantly looking to better ourselves by changing the world around us when adapting to it is out of the question. Over time, we have created machines that can literally move mountains when needed, replacing the large required manpower previously needed.
We have machines these days that filter the very blood that animates us, machines that fly throughout the skies, and even machines that roam the grounds of other planets. Let us then take a look at some of the most important inventions in modern times, inventions that constitute the very foundation of every technology we use today.
10The Printing Press
The printing press was invented in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg. It was a concept that was based on ancient Chinese invention. Hand-inked books were prestigious, being only afforded by the upper class at the beginning of the middle era. With the machine, spreading information became easier and cheaper. Academic institutions adopted the technology and began to print novels, plays and books. Politicians were also able to print pamphlets and papers to use in their political ventures. This machine resulted in the decline of Latin as a Language of prestige and the hallmark of the schooled. Other languages became popular as more books were printed. Initially, it was made of wood. Later on, it was replaced with metallic parts to increase efficiency and flexibility.