The most important tech inventions of all time… so far!

The internet has got to be one of the greatest tech inventions of all time, hasn’t it? The way it has affected the world, and the development of mankind, is something that future generations will look back on and see as an amazing turning point in the evolution of the human race.

The net has not just changed the way we shop or view the daft things that cats do, you know! It’s altered the way we interact as a species, and even the way we think and feel. But it’s been a long old road getting to this point – and if it weren’t for some of the other amazing inventions and brilliant tech over the course of man’s time on Earth then things wouldn’t be as they are.

So, in our view these are a handful of the most important inventions ever (aside from the internet).

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  • The printing press
    This was invented in 1450 by Johannes Gutenberg. It meant that literature could be printed in multiples and easily put about – and therefore ideas could be distributed too. And when ideas expand or change, so does possibility and behaviour…
  • Electric light
    Developed in 1879 by Thomas Edison. Electric light brought many social changes in its wake. People were no longer constrained by the clock and the candle. Darkness was a thing of the past!
  • The car
    Built in 1885 by Karl Benz. Not just the car, really, but any kind of automobile tech changed mankind’s path. All of a sudden there was a huge increase in personal mobility when cars became an affordable item. To each individual their horizons got a little bigger than their own street! Similarly, the aeroplane made the world a much smaller place.
Hip old guy delighted by the invention of the telephone (Shutterstock)
  • Telephone
    Invented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell. Communication with ease meant (once networks had developed and were global) that you could talk to someone on the other side of the world. Hard to believe that only 150 years later we all have smartphone tech in our pockets.
  • Television
    We’re coming up on a century of television – it was invented by John Logie Baird in 1926. He was desperate to see what happened in the new series of Love Island! Not really. He seriously can’t have thought, when he toiled over his revolutionary concept, that a hundred years later television would have become such an integral part of life.

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So those are the things we think are the most important inventions ever. In all honesty we could have cracked off another handful too – think about tech in the world of medicine and how some of the machines and processes developed there have changed human life.

Anyway, let us know in the comments what you consider to be mankind’s greatest invention. In the meantime, check out some pretty brilliant tech at the Ebuyer website! No Gutenberg press available, but we do have printers! And much more!

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