Which of these inventions had the greatest impact on history?

Which of these inventions had the greatest impact on history?

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Bottom left and it’s not even close

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    top left is the only reason the rest can exist

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      people can navigate with the stars

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You can navigate by the stars as accurately as you can with a compass. A better choice for that slot would have been the marine chronometer.

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's always impossible to answer these threads, because very often one invention inspired the other. Would computers have ever been invented if compases and trains didn't transform the human economy to allow the proliferation of science?

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Guns ruined the world, unlike other three, so I give it to them.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Only losers complain about guns

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Only pussies think they were an improvement.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Battles became way more dangerous for the participants once guns became commonplace on the battlefield. Tge generals who les from. The front after the proliferation of firearms was way ballsier than his ancient and medieval predecessors.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >only pussies think a device that can place everyone in a fight on a roughly equal standing is an improvement.

          Wait, no, that sounds like the exact opposite of what a pussy would think.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Actually it was computers

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Japanese computer.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    BL wins simply because it has existed more than BR

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Boylove wins simply because it has existed more than Battleroyale.
      None of those four are abbreviated as either br or bl.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    people ITT need to understand pic rel before talking about inventions and how important they are

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      people need to understand that exponential progress looks flat on a log scale?
      what the fuck are you on about?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        are you baiting
        how is this not obviously relevant

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          because it is incomprehensible babble presented without elaboration
          the charts don't show any difference in growth, it only presents them differently on the stupid graph
          nothing about changing the y axis from liner to log makes where the progress is heading more predictable or contributes at all to us determining which invention is relevant using the context of the image

          oh wait. what's your option on the physical evidence of the battle of stalingrad?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            im not that schizo lol
            My point is, earlier inventions are arguably more important than later ones
            Like yeah you can point out how some guy in the 1900's invented 5 different types of sonar instruments. But none of those 5 things would exist without "basic" math being invented beforehand.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              that would be relevant if this was an objective academic study of the impact of the inventions and not a LULZ opinion poll

              anyway, to that effect, if I look to the future I will have to say
              1. computers, putting the sum of human knowledge into the hands of every human
              2. trains, holyshit they can move all the weight over land
              3. guns, ostensively take the need for physical prowess out of combat but practically you need it anyway for things like digging trenches, moving wounded comrades, marching very long distances carrying gear. only becomes extremely relevant if someone else has them and you don't.
              4. compass, good but the same result is achievable by other means

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              you're mistaken that earlier inventions are more important than later ones due to later inventions requiring those. It's a difference in viewing the the long scope of history vs. the modern era, which this post is obviously talking about. If we're talking all of history, then if you go back to the first ever 'invention' which was probably just some chipped flint knife, then that's the most important invention ever. But would you consider a flint knife more important than international instantaneous communication? Or the ability to haul thousands of tons of freight thousands of miles? Or a fucking GUN?

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              people ITT need to understand pic rel before talking about inventions and how important they are

              It's retarded, you can measure relevancy of a invention from this moment backwards by simply looking at the impact such inventions had in the lifes of each human on earth.

              The discovery of fire
              Agriculture
              The domestication of cattle
              The wheel
              The chariot
              The invention of the brick
              smelting

              Those things are without a doubt some great inventions because they changed to the core lifestyle of millions.

              Now, industrial revolution and the train changed the life of billions over billions and hiw the world worked to the core, we live in a time unprecedented so yes, of course we can talk about a bizarre progress and lifestlye shift

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >the physical evidence of the battle of stalingrad?
            uhhh qrd plz

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Guns freed civilized society from the tyranny of the horse archer
    Without guns we would still have steppe invasions in the modern age

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The greatest invention is the toothbrush, saving billions from tooth decay. One day, I hope Britain will adopt the technology.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's the train.

    >Compass
    Serious navigators could already use the stars and other methods to orient themselves.
    >Gun
    More effective killing at range didn't make a big enough difference in the lives of common people.
    >Computer
    In many ways it was a qualitative improvement over one of the things a train does: rapid transmission of information.

    But a train can also carry things and made continent wide economic trade and travel in the short term viable and that is bigger than anything the other three did.

    Radio should have been in the place of the computer btw.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >More effective killing at range didn't make a big enough difference in the lives of common people.
      It transformed warfare from matter of warrior elite into a matter of industry. Radically shifting the power structures towards capitalism, liberalism and democracy.

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Let us bump this thread as it proves technology is useless.

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Guns
    Computer will have the greatest impact tho

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This is a TRAINS board, normalfags better accept the truth of things

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Banana

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    farming tools

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Where is pong?

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    in terms of total societal impact? definitely computers and by extension the internet. shits basically started a new age, one on a scale that hasnt been matched since the agricultural revolution.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      adding:

      there are tribes in africa that hunt animals with spears, and then climb trees with their cell phones to find a place to sell the hides.

      the internet has already changed pretty much every aspect of western society and will only have more impact as time goes on

  17. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Steam power.

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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  19. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What a shit list. Should be

    >guns
    >nitrogen fertilizer
    >printing press
    >wheel

    Then you'd have an actual thread. We have no idea what the long term impact of computers will be, and trains are the least important type of steam engine.

  20. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    All four of these had great impact
    >the compass allowed us to traverse the Atlantic and find the Americas
    >the gun allowed for large armies to be raised en masse for cheap
    >trains allowed for goods to be produced in the interior and provide reliable and cheap transportation before cars came along
    >computers gave us the ability to communicate to each other from continents and oceans away

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