Inventions that changed the world would certainly include the wheel and agricultural devices like the plow and silo, but what about modern times? What were the devices that completely changed our modern lives? How did we end up where we are today?
If you want to invent something more than anything, with a little help you just might come up with something brilliant. Maybe you want to be the inventor of the next step in technology or even the next eBay. If inventing is your thing, then you can really benefit by taking a class on opening up your mind and getting your creative juices flowing. It is easy to sit around and to think you’d like to invent something, but you are on your way to inventing something when you put those thoughts into action. Training the mind to get those creative thoughts going and putting those thoughts down on paper is where all inventions begin.
The Victorian Internet
The very first telegram was sent in 1844 by Samuel Morse. Yep, he was the guy who came up with the idea of the Morse code. The telegraph had been invented about 100 years before in its early, nonelectric form and a good many people had worked on it and carried it along a little farther. This first electric telegram was sent and was the first time that people could send a “text message” of sorts to another person hundreds or thousands of miles away. Well, the telegraph lines had to be laid first, but once that technology was in place the lines were being laid everywhere. Only twenty-two years later the first telegraph line was laid across the Atlantic to connect the USA with Europe and by 1940 there were forty of them.
The telegraph really didn’t last long because the phone was invented in the 1870s by Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray. It took quite a while for the telephone to catch on, but as it did it slowly took over that type of long distance communication. By the 1970s it was rather common for teenagers to have them in their bedrooms so they could spend hours on it talking with friends.
The first telegraph machine changed everything for us. First we could send a telegram from the USA to Europe. Then we could call people on the telephone from the convenience of our own home. Communication no longer took months of waiting on the mail carriers to get a letter there and back. Communication was instantaneous.
The Modern Internet
Once computers appear on the scene, another huge advance in technology happens. It started out doing mathematical equations and people were astonished. Now the computer changed everything. Computers were gigantic and had to be kept in very cold rooms. They required a team of scientists to keep them running.
As technology advanced computers used the key punch card and were available for businesses to use. In the 1960s your telephone bills or utility bill would arrive as a little key punch card that you were to mail back with the included payment. That was the really highest form of technology for the time.
Computer technology eventually evolved to having computers end up in our homes, in our cars, even inside our walls to run our homes. Everyone has a computer of some sort to do their work, do their studies and play. A big part of why we choose to own personal computers now is the modern day Internet.
When that telegraph started, the revolution of communication technology led us to our modern day Internet. Where would we be today if Samuel Morse hadn’t messed around with technology and turned it into rapid communication? It is possible that Bell would not have perfected the telephone, the radio and the television might never have been invented. One invention often leads to another as the next person takes it to the next level. If you think you have a great ideal for an invention, you should take a class on how to make money with your invention. You might be the next Alexander Graham Bell or Samuel Morse.
The Horseless Carriage
Where does a person begin to figure out which was really the forerunner to the automobile? Was it the horse and buggy or was it really the steam engine? Both were required. People got around for centuries by hooking up a little buggy or wagon to some horses. Well then, one day someone scratched their head and said, “Hey, maybe we don’t need a horse!” The “horseless carriage” or automobile was born when a combustion engine was hooked up to the carriage and the rest of the mechanisms were figured out. The horse, as it turns out, did a lot more than just pull the carriage. That horse had a part in speed, steering, stopping and a host of other actions that had to be replaced by a machine. I’m sure many wondered why that inventor was bothering with all this nonsense. Who would ever need more than a horse?
Nowadays we race cars like we used to race buggies and chariots. It is all the same thing but today we go an awful lot faster than we did in the horse and buggy days. We can go hundreds of miles in just an afternoon and it used to take days. We don’t need a carriage house, a stable, a farm to raise grain and a pasture. All we need is a garage and some money for gas.
Up, Up and Away
Man has always been fascinated with flying. You can go pretty far back in literature and find the story of Icarus. Icarus built some wings for himself out of wax and feathers. He started to fly, but unfortunately he flew too close to the sun. Poor Icarus’ invention was melted by the sun. The story of Icarus is thousands of years old. So, it would seem, for as long as a human could look up in the sky, that human wanted to fly like the birds fly.
The hot air balloon was one way to fly. You can peacefully float across the sky and slowly get from one place to another. It wasn’t practical at all to own for personal transportation and a little difficult to control, so it didn’t really catch on as far as a mode of transportation. The hot air balloon was more about a fun thing to do to play all afternoon for those who could afford it. For everyone else, it was an exciting and special thing to watch float by.
But the hot air balloon was vastly improved upon by the Zeppelin. It was full of helium or hydrogen and it could carry a lot of passengers, not just a few. It had a motor and could get you to a destination. The Zeppelin was fine, first class travel in the early 1900s. They carried passengers, cargo and mail.
When you look at old photos of the Zeppelins then it is easy to see the comparison to the passenger airplanes. People took travel very seriously in the 1900s. Up until about the 1970s, people got dressed up when they took a flight or train.
Travel by air is now considered no big deal. The airplanes are huge and you arrive in your destination in a matter of a few hours. By Zeppelin or by early airplane it could have taken days to hop from city to city until you finally arrived. Even the train would take days to go across the country.
Without inventors, where would the modern airplane be? It took many attempts in many different forms before people started on the airplane as we know it. If you really want to invent something like an airplane or something that is even better, there are classes that will help inventors like you.
Eat and Eat and Eat
People are fatter than ever and it is all the Cotton Gin’s fault. Before the cotton gin, everything was done by hand. There wasn’t much in the way of a machine on the farm. There were work animals, the farmer and the farmer’s large family and some cast iron plows and such. The cotton gin started an idea that not only helped to end slavery, but began the thinking that maybe machines could do some of this farming work.
Farming today is done with a lot of machinery from start to stop. The ground is tilled by machine, planted by machine, fertilized by machine, sprayed with pesticides by tractors and crop dusting planes. Irrigation equipment is another machine that waters the crops and then machines come in a harvest the crop. It is all loaded on a truck and taken to distribution centers that will help the food load up our grocery stores. We have more food than ever thanks to all the machines.
The cotton gin invention changed our world and set things in motion to change farming forever. Never before have we created such an abundance of food, all because of one inventor – Ely Whitney. Whitney never really made much money on that particular invention, either. He made more in his next adventure – the contract for producing 10,000 muskets in only two years for the US government, a feat that was never accomplished before. And well, he didn’t accomplish it in two years either, but he did change how things were made. He developed the American system of mass production. And of course, we later entered into the industrial age.
Are You The Next Inventor That Changes The World?
Inventions are all an ongoing, ever evolving creation with one invention leading to another and another. Are you the one that comes up with the next invention that changes the world? If you are obsessed with inventing things and have been tinkering around, you can do yourself right by taking a class for innovative thinking that can help you on your path of invention. It is the creative thinkers that come up with new and interesting inventions or figure out ways to make current items even bigger and better. What started out as a telegraph ended up as the Internet, at least so far. With a class on enhancing your creativity, maybe you are the one who takes the Internet to the next huge step.