The People Behind the Way We Live [Infographic]


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Do you know how most of the inventions you use every day really came to be? Check out the following infographic for some interesting facts about many “technologies” that we now take for granted. Oh, and if you spot anything that you think is missing from the infographic, be sure to let us know in the comments section below!

The People Behind The Way We Live
From: Best Colleges Online







16 Responses to The People Behind the Way We Live [Infographic]

  1. This is a little apple way of seen things… No Xerox or Microsoft in the chart! Like or not we are where we are because of them.

  2. badly flawed. K&R + the development of C as language plus Unix are missing. These are by fare more important to what technology is like today than some apple personal computers.

  3. Big missing piece in computing: The 1801 invention of the Jacquard loom. It was the first machine to use programming (punch cards) in the execution of a sequence of operations.

  4. With apple the only company to appear in more than one timeline (and there's an argument to say that they should have appeared in the one for mobile phones as well) I find myself wondering if they are viewing this infographic right now an plotting their march into the fields they haven't conquered yet.

  5. oh no not again ! Everything was invented or perfected in America, apple sponsored this one. Microsoft and IBM tie up in 1981 led to standard architecture for pc's remember all those ibm compatables.
    If you are going to publishes history do a bit more research

  6. no mention of Frank Whittle or Charles Babbage? I guess the world really does stop at Americas borders

    • Not to mention Ada Lovelace, of course. Not only is it American centric, it also seems rather male centric as well.

  7. Definitely an Apple bias. No mention whatsoever of Commodore? The C=64 was the most popular personal computer of all time: it outsold IBM, Apple, and Atari. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_64). The later dominance of the IBM PC compatible was due to the Phoenix BIOS. Phoenix successfully reverse engineered the only proprietarty part of the IBM PC, and because IBM failed to include an exclusivity clause in the MS-DOS contract, the inexpensive IBM PC compatible became a possibility. (IBM's hardware was not proprietary because they misjudged the PC market. Their engineers used off-the-shelf components to bring a product to market quickly. Microsoft bought QDOS, an incomplete CP/M clone to provide the operating system for IBM.) The sad reality is that the "IBM PC compatible" succeeded not on its technical merit, but on the market mystique of IBM. ("Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM") In the mid 1980s, Apple, Atari, and Commodore all produced technically superior machines and operating systems.

  8. You self-centred ignorant American fool.
    How can you possibly mention the history of computing without including Charles Babbage and Alan Turing?
    Massive FAIL and no mistake.

  9. As an automotive engineer and a non-American I feel compelled to point out that the Ford Model T didn't revolutionise the automobile, but it's manufacture. It's best feature was that it was cheap. The Austin 7 or Mini, or the VW Beetle or even the Mercedes S-Class have been much more important in the history of automobiles (excluding manufacturing) than the Model T.