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UTAH (ABC4) – The last time the Utah Jazz raced for the NBA title was in 1998 against the Chicago Bulls and the man many consider the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan, scoring nearly of a quarter of a century of past time. Over the past 24 years, the world has changed dramatically thanks to a few key inventions.
Modern history has granted us particularly important inventions, such as vaccination, anesthesia, the light bulb, radio, telephone, television, automobiles, airplanes and computers.
Before 1998, some key inventions would lay the groundwork for future generations, but a that would arguably be the most impactful – the Internet.
Since then, technology has skyrocketed and enabled amazing inventions, some of which would eventually die out and others that would continually shape our modern times:
- International Space Station (1998) – The Functional Cargo Block, or Zarya, was launched into space as the first element of the International Space Station (ISS) on November 20, 1998. The station would go on to become one of mankind’s greatest achievements as a multinational collaborative project, serving as a research laboratory for astrobiology, astronomy, meteorology, physics and more.
- Bluetooth (1999) – Bluetooth, the technology that is now used in countless products around the world and is an essential feature of the smartphone made its debut on July 26, 1999. This technology meant “wireless” and was a huge step forward for the design and possibility of the product. It was named after King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson of 10th century Denmark.
- USB key (2000) – The Universal Serial Bus (USB) flash drive was first introduced in the United States by IBM in 2000. It was called DiskOnKey and originally contained only 8 megabytes of storage.
- iPod (2001) – The iPod, originally containing 1,000 songs, was a revolutionary device released less than a year after iTunes. The invention would begin to completely eliminate the popularity of compact discs (CDs).
- Blu-ray Disc (2002) – Blu-ray was released 20 years after the invention of the CD, and while Blu-ray is now becoming obsolete, it remains an important marker in the world’s yearning for high definition video.
- Human Genome Project (2003) – The Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, identifying the full set of human genes, sequencing them all, and identifying certain alleles that can cause disease when mutated. The project was an international research effort to determine the DNA sequence of the entire human genome.
- Facebook (2004) – Facebook was launched in 2004 from Mark Zuckerberg’s dormitory at Harvard and would go on to become the largest social media network in the world. Facebook’s impacts on the world today cannot be overstated, with the platform boasting nearly 3 billion users.
- YouTube (2005) – YouTube was launched in 2005 as an online video sharing platform. The platform is now the second most visited website in the world, behind Google Search.
- HPV Vaccine (2006) – The first human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine hit the market in 2006, created by a team of researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia. The vaccine especially protects people against some of the deadliest strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer.
- iPhone (2007) – Apple first launched the iPhone in 2007, which would completely revolutionize society. The phone laid the foundation for the modern smartphone, giving users constant access to the world’s information at their fingertips. The touchscreen, app store, built-in camera, GPS, music player, internet service, etc. have made this release arguably the most significant since the invention of the Internet itself.
- Consumer DNA test (2008) – 23andMe was founded in 2008 as a genetic testing company with a saliva test that could tell people about their genetic predispositions to disease. Another test would tell people about their ancestry, leading them to discover information about their family trees. The popularity of genetic testing has helped police solve important cold cases.
- Bitcoin (2009) – Launched in 2009, Bitcoin was the first popular cryptocurrency, enabling anonymous peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange. The use of blockchain was essential to decentralize and verify payments, giving rise to the immensely popular world of crypto.
- iPad (2010) – The release of the iPad was significant in that it ushered in a whole new class of device. The “tablet” category would bring in a new market that is constantly finding new uses with its large touch screen.
- IBM Watson (2011) – Watson was developed by IBM as a supercomputer, making its national appearance on “Jeopardy!”. The computer was developed not just to win in the landmark TV show, but to “create a new generation of technology that can find answers in unstructured data more efficiently than standard search technology,” according to IBM. The goal was not to model the human brain, but to understand natural language problems and find answers in unstructured information.
- OculusVR (2012) – Oculus VR was founded in 2012, marking the beginning of the modern virtual reality headset market. The market is set to grow dramatically, with the aim of making virtual reality the future of “personal and shared reality”, according to Oculus.
- Lab-grown meat (2013) – This meat was created from animal stem cells, and while the technology is still in development, plant-based meat alternatives like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have had a huge impact on the modern food industry. The experiment was conducted at an institute in the Netherlands, as scientists allegedly took cells from a cow and processed them into strips of muscle which they combined to make a patty.
- DJI Phantom 1 (2014) – The release of DJI’s Phantom 1 marked the beginning of the consumer drone market. Drones have since become an integral part of modern technology, replacing helicopters in movies, allowing audiences to capture incredible video, and offering growing applications in consumer delivery services. Drones, of course, have also had important military applications.
- Modular Prosthetic Limb (2015) – The modular prosthetic limb, developed by Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, is a device that, when combined with a surgical technique known as “targeted sensory reinnervation”, allows signals to be sent to the brain that can simulate the sensation of touch. for someone who is missing a limb.
- Artificial pancreas (2016) – The FDA has approved the wearable medical device that acts as an artificial pancreas, monitoring the blood sugar levels of people with type 1 diabetes. The device automatically gives the individual a dose of insulin when their blood sugar is low. The FDA has since been working with diabetes patient groups, diabetes care providers, medical device manufacturers and researchers to advance the development of an artificial pancreas.
- Glasses for the Blind (2017) – A pair of smart glasses was released in 2017 as the eSight 3, using a high-definition camera to record everything the viewer is looking at and enhance detail and color. Glasses can help people considered legally blind to see the world around them, but perhaps more importantly, they can allow the wearer to identify faces and read expressions.
- Metal 3D printing (2018) – Metal 3D printing was a revolutionary part of 3D printing, making production much easier for manufacturing companies and consumers alike.
- Talking Hearing Aid (2019) – A talking hearing aid hit the market in 2019, developed by Starkey Hearing Technologies, that does more than amplify sound and cut background noise. The Livio AI uses sensors and artificial intelligence to enable it to play music, verbally respond to questions, translate conversations into your language, detect falls, measure physical activity and track frequency you talk to other people during the day (for older users who may be isolating).
- Exhibition Notifications (2020) – Exposure notifications are a tool developed in response to a pandemic, mapping the local spread of a virus through the movements and interactions of infected people. Although there were initial privacy compromises, Google and Apple determined that they would directly alert anyone at risk of infection via the Bluetooth signal of people nearby who had a positive COVID test report.
- Malaria vaccine (2021) – Malaria kills around half a million people each year. GlaxoSmithKline’s Mosquirix is a new vaccine that creates an immune response against one of the deadliest parasites that cause malaria and is the most prevalent strain in Africa. The vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization and is one of the best ways to prevent this deadly disease.
- Coral Reef Print (2022) – With coral reefs suffering from human activity and climate change, scientists have found a possible solution. Conservationists are now using 3D printers to build artificial reefs using reef scans to model new reefs afterwards, using terracotta clay. Clay is a porous material favored by coralline algae, leading researchers to believe that vast portions of coral reefs could be rebuilt. Coral reefs are an extremely important part of ocean ecosystems, and although they represent only a small part of the Earth’s surface, they have the greatest marine diversity in the world.