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Greatest Invention Ever

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posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:20 AM
I'd like to know what people feel is the greatest invention ever. I've thought alot about it and I could say the easy answer would be the Wheel, but I didn't want to make it that easy so I thought a bit longer.

For me the invention of Gunpowder has to be the most impacting invention ever. It has created and destroyed civilizations ever since its intruduction to the world and has changed the way the civilized world thinks and acts.

Thoughts anyone?

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:23 AM
It's SLICED BREAD of course! HAha

I would have to say the most impressive invention for both good and horrific reasons would be nuclear energy. It has opened the door to all kinds of new things, but also has the potential to destroy us all.


posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:29 AM
Without a doubt I'd have to say it's the search feature on ATS:

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:32 AM

I was in Staples a few days ago, and there was a whole isle devoted to, you its.

There were post-it's of every color, every shape, every size...I was amazed. So I ended up spending over 20 minuets checking them all out

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:38 AM

I thought about that and I definitely agree about it's an awsome power. I picked gun powder though cause I feel it spawned the desire for bigger and better fire power throught the ages, which included atomic and nucluear weaponry. Just my opinion though.

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:39 AM
It has to be the wheel of course.

BBS alloy wheels especially lol...

What can I say, I'm a car maniac.

Seriously, the greatest invention will probably be nanotechnology. I've already heard of stain-proof clothes, that use nanotech to protect the tissue. How great is that?

[edit on 9-6-2004 by m0rbid]

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:43 AM
I will say electricity, it really change the world it make us more lazy.

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:44 AM
I think the computer, it has make the world go into a revolution of almost everything.

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:49 AM
I'd say it would the "integrated circuit" aka the microchip, or I wouldn't be able to type this.

Enter the 21st century digital boy....

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:52 AM
I think it Johann Gutenburg's first printing press in 1455.

Had it not been invented, reading and education would be reserved for only the rich and nobility, because it would cost too much to buy books that had been written.

Printed things are on everything that you buy in stores, instructions for how to build things etc.

The printing press changed the way that we live entirely, and it isn't even something that you would normally think of

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 08:55 AM

Originally posted by titian
Without a doubt I'd have to say it's the search feature on ATS:

You should have received more recognition for that clever response, IMO!!

The wheel is too common of an answer, although one of the most true too. Here are a couple that are VERY VERY GOOD though and certainly are Inventions by Humans in every way.

Indoor Plumbing & Toilet Paper!!

While they may not be the most important, they are pretty damn Nice and I would assume that Society would be a lot less pleasant today without them.

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 09:05 AM
i would say electricity. i know it isn't an invention, but the ability to use and control electricity is pretty darn useful don't u think? i dare anyone to go thru their normal day without using electricity. in fact, i double dog dare anyone to!

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 09:17 AM
After gunpowder, I'd say that the next greatest invention would have to be the first beer brewery.

[edit on 9-6-2004 by mpeake]

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 09:20 AM
Its a toss up, Fire and the wheel. I can hear it now, but fire wasnt invented. The people had to find out how to make, and contain it.

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 09:26 AM
Since Fire won't work as an invention, you could make a case for torches that contain oil. These ould have allowed you to maintain the fire once it was generated in the first stages of harnessing it.

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 09:53 AM
Toilet Paper by far.

Can you imagine?


Nothing can top that I think


posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 02:42 PM
TP is not the greatest invention. We can use leaves.

Underwear is the most annoying. I think.

The greatest invention ever though would have to to be crude) It's a great bonding experience with buddies to watch some together and also occupies a lot of teenagers and 20 year olds time who would probably be out causing trouble it not at home watching a movie.

posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 02:45 PM
If only they could make these do my dishes and mow my lawn.


posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 02:58 PM
Artwork, architecture, video games....there are all beautiful in their own way. I'd say thats the greatest invention, artificial beauty.


posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 03:05 PM
Hmmm its a toss up between A/C, music, and the mind.

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