This is a thread to discuss the greatness of whatever technological achievements you can think of. Technology can encompass any tool or invention, from the computer you are using to the chair you are sitting on. There are obviously millions of pieces of technology, and probably all of them have improved society in one way or another. List some that you think are great, or that you are appreciative to have in your day to day life. These are a few I have thought about: Language- Probably the simplest of tools, but also quite complicated in it's variations and complexities. Us humans, we can convey almost every thought and feeling with our words, have amazing conversations, and teach others with it. Society is built around it. Books - An extension of communication. these collections of words can record history, tell stories, and, like speech, teach many subjects. Once made, it can last centuries, without changing it's content (decay aside). We have talented authors, intelligent wordsmiths and knowledgeable historians. Aside from anecdotal evidence, it is thanks to books that we know what happened thousands of years ago, even if the info does get a little skewed in the process. It's a shame that books are a dying art form. Recordings - With movies, television episodes and documentaries, we can get a visual glimpse into what life was like years, or decades ago. With most musical recordings, we can hear pieces of music as if it had been made yesterday. While books describe the past, with recordings we can actually see or hear it, even if it is in limited segments. Weapons - While a more violent and damaging piece of technology, weapons have been consistently improving for more than 50 thousand years. We can kill someone (or something) quickly and painlessly, or slowly and painfully, depending on the weapon used, and how you use it. Sure weapons are essentially a bad thing, but when you think about it, humans probably wouldn't have survived without them (at least early on in the life of the species). Even nukes, while devastating, can actually end a war, which could have dragged on a lot longer without it and produced more loss of life than the immediate nuclear attack. Lets hope we don't have to use them. Appliances - Boil water, cook food, refrigerate what we eat and drink, all sorts of stuff. Appliances make our lives safer and easier, and they are all affordable (at least for those of us in 1st world countries). Think of how many have been invented or improved upon in the last 50 years. Imagine how many more there will be in the next 50, or even 20. Electricity - Aside from food, clothing and housing, electricity is the most important tool in our lives. It lights our homes, cooks our food and powers our towns and cities. It has saved millions of lives, and prolonged our lifespan. While we need computers, servers and internet connections to use this forum, electricity is the backbone that keeps it alive, along with the backbone of all other electrical items. The Internet - This is the obvious one. This tool has revolutionized the world within decades of its invention. We can talk to people all over the world, learn a vast amount of information, and view a seemingly endless amount of entertainment. It is growing in size every minute, improving every day, and is being incorporated into more and more things. Imagine the day that our televisions have an internet connection, and we have the ability to watch television networks from other countries, or choose from a backlog of most television shows made in recent history. Or buy a CD or MP3 player that we can add music to on the fly. For a price, we would have more entertainment available to us than we have time to view it. And the best things about technology? It improves over time, widens in availability, and lowers in cost. And there is more being invented every day. In 20 years, most technology (especially electrical) will be far better than what we have today. Internet connections that could download movies in seconds, devices that run on less amounts of electricity (or different forms of power altogether), news'papers' that deliver up to the minute news. Imagine the stuff we will have available to us, on top of what we have already. So, what other forms (or pieces) of technology do you appreciate? And feel free to expand on the ones I have already mentioned, if you wish.