25 Inventions That Changed The World The Most

iPod

iPod

It wasn't that long ago that you would have to use a Walkman if you wanted to listen to music on the go, meaning you'd need a tape which needed rewinding or fast-forwarding to certain tracks. Of course, you could only fit about a dozen tracks on each tape. How many songs can you fit on an iPod which weighs far less?

Sat Nav

Sat Nav

We used to have to fold out a physical map. The sat nav isn't perfect, however, as it sometimes suggests we drive off a wharf and in to the ocean, but hey, it probably causes less accidents than a fold-out map, right?



Credit Cards

Credit Cards

There are many who walk among us that would prefer it if we'd never heard of credit cards and still dealt only in cash. But whether we like or not, they're certainly here to stay (until we get chips inserted in us).

Microwave Oven

Microwave Oven

It hasn't replaced the original oven because it's not quite the same but before the microwave oven came along, it was much harder to take your lunch to work.



Calculator

Calculator

The missing link between the Chinese abacus and the modern cell phone.... Still used in exams though, I guess.

Bar Codes

Bar Codes

It's basically just a set of boring black and white lines but it has revolutionized the way in which we shop. Many think we may each have our own barcodes tattooed on to us in the future, but that probably won't be necessary...



Printing Press

Printing Press

Invented in the mid-1400s, the printing press made it so that newspapers could be mass-distributed, eventually changing the world in such a way that we have printers in our homes.

Radio

Radio

The first transatlantic message transmitted by radio was in 1901. Can you even begin to imagine what the world was like before that (for the vast majority of history, that is)?



ATM

ATM

We all know exactly what these things do, such are they a major part of everyday life. There's even two of them in Antarctica (seriously)!

Fridge

Fridge

Long gone and forgotten are the days where you would need to cure your meat to keep it fresh.



Gun

Gun

There are many who would rather these things were never invented. They'd still be fighting wars with bow and arrow (which, it must be said, could be every bit as painful, if not quite as destructive).

Telephone

Telephone

How could we ever have been able to call Ghostbusters if we didn't have the telephone? Telegram? Mail? Pigeon?



Digital Camera

Digital Camera

Thanks to this invention, the world is now full of people who think they're a photographer. While we're not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, what we do know is that never has the art of photography been so prevalent.

Games Console

Games Console

Imagine the days when your only option was to play a physical game!



Robots

Robots

They don't all look like Asimo, here. Of course, most robots build for us and sort for us. They take up all the tedious tasks that save manufacturing companies money. Whether good or bad, it's progress, and it remains to be seen just how far that progress can take us.

Television

Television

Are you the sort of person who enjoys watching pictures move on a screen from the comfort of your very own living room?! We've got just the thing!



Cell Phone

Cell Phone

It's just like a normal phone only you can walk with it. Now, this is the "normal" phone. We can only assume the next one will be installed inside us, right?

Airplane

Airplane

This is the invention that people say has made the world smaller, and as the tech increases the world continuously becomes a "smaller" place.



Automobile

Automobile

Imagine if Jesus has have had a car to get around in instead of having to walk everywhere...

Steam Engine

Steam Engine

In the history of people on this planet, has there been a greater revolution than the Industrial Revolution? And now, even with many things being taken over by electricity, the steam engine still remains an extremely important part of our world.



Email

Email

It wasn't that long ago when you had to write it on paper and post it to its intended recipient. Or maybe use a fax machine.

Internet

Internet

This one is really very recent when you think about it. Compared to every other thing on this list (except email), it has only been in the past few years where we've been able to access information so quickly. Sure, we might take this for granted now, but if you don't remember a world without the internet being an integral part of your day, take a moment to consider that most people on the planet right now, do...



Computers

Computers

They aren't just the way for you to access the internet. They're the reason why man has been to The Moon!

Lightbulb

Lightbulb

If it weren't for Thomas Edison, you might be lighting a candle each night like they did for millennia previous to the invention.



Electricity

Electricity

Look around you and consider what life would be like if there was no such thing as electricity. It's a whole other world, right?