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    Britons vote Apple iPhone as history’s 8th most important invention
    Britons vote Apple iPhone as history’s 8th most important invention
    Britons vote for the iPhone as most important invention ahead of flushing loo and space travel - Telegraph

    And if you include the PC at number number 5 (basically the Apple 1) Apple had a hand in making 2 out of the top 10 inventions there. That's pretty amazing if you ask me. Ad in the ipod at 56 and woot for Apple.

    iphone = 8 but mobile phone = 21 .


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    Totally unrelated some Australian inventions are listed there too.
    7. Penicillin
    47. Wi-Fi

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    Dear god, I don't have the words to express just how ridiculous I think this is

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    8th? Seriously? How could the iPhone be more important than the combustion engine (10), steam engine (16), the car (19), the train (24), the compass (31) and paper (38)?
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    Wouldn't even call the iPhone an invention.

    To me, that'd be like calling a Ford the invention instead of the car.
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    Agreed with the past 3 posts.

    "1. Wheel 2. Aeroplane 3. Light bulb 4. Internet 5. PCs 6. Telephone 7. Penicillin 8. iPhone 9. Flushing toilet 10. Combustion engine"

    One of these things is not like the other...

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    Personally I think the iphone OS is a great invention, as is the total integration of hardware/OS/software that Apple has with the iphone. Sure it took ideas from other things (like most inventions do) but in my mind it deserves to be in the top 10.

    One of these things is not like the other...
    All 10 are unique compare to each other so any one of them can be not like the other. it all depends on how you word it.

    Mind you my top 10 would be like this:

    1. The art of making fire
    2. Wheel
    3. The concept of air conditioning
    4. Penicillin
    5. Internet
    5. iphone
    6. Apple 1
    7. Steel cable
    8. Money
    9. Flushing toilet
    10. Snap (or near-instantly) freezing. (Without which the whole frozen food industry and all the frozen food products you buy at the supermarket would not exist).

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    If you read the article they only surveyed 4000 consumers, and it was a supermarkets mobile phone division that done this "national" survey.
    4000 out of the population of the UK is a VERY small sample size.

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    this is rediculous i dont agree with this poling

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    Try looking in the very first post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the8thark View Post
    Personally I think the iphone OS is a great invention, as is the total integration of hardware/OS/software that Apple has with the iphone. Sure it took ideas from other things (like most inventions do) but in my mind it deserves to be in the top 10.
    The iPhone OS is an adaptation of OS X which owes much of its existence to Mach and BSD so if anything, the Mach kernel and BSD deserve the credit.

    I find it hard to justify the iPhone as deserving of this list at all. Going back to my first post, the train has proven itself much more important to human history and social/economic development than the iPhone ever will. Seeing as how the train was the basis of economic and social growth in some countries illustrates my point. The iPhone will never be able to do this. Now, this argument is contingent on a definition of invention based on development and progress for the greater good. The train and penicillin are but the iPhone sure isn't. The world would not be what it is today without the train but it wouldn't be very different if the iPhone hadn't existed. Ultimately then, inventions on this list should be ones that changed the face of human history.
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    iphone in the top 10.
    All statistics and surveys are open to interpretation,i wouldn't think this one is anymore reliable than others.I live in England and haven't heard anything about this survey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the8thark View Post
    All 10 are unique compare to each other so any one of them can be not like the other. it all depends on how you word it.
    "One of these things is not like the other" is a line from a children's song, which is why I said it. Reworded, I would have said:

    One of these things doesn't belong in the top 10.

    If that makes things more clear.

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    did i miss Diet Coke? Beer? i'd put those higher on the list. lol.
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    So why wasn't the iPhone included with mobile phones in general?

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    While I don't think the iPhone is that significant, its has certainly redefined the smartphone idea.

    That said if you are going to list the most significant human inventions here's my top ten list (in order of history)

    1. Control of fire

    2. Language

    3. Society

    4. Metallurgy (bronze, Iron steel etc.)

    5. Writing (I will include paper in this one)

    6. Coinage (including paper money - our whole system is based on it - even in communist countries)

    7. Science (without this all our current technology and progress would never have happened - without the scientific method ideas would never be improved upon)

    8. Gunpowder (including firearms - this made the west so powerful that all other civilizations were literally blown away)

    9. Computers ( who knows where this invention is going to go. AI, and much more - maybe they will replace us some day - or just be our co-species for the first time since the ice age. Either way, computers are everywhere - at the moment they are as dumb as buckets, but they are the biggest invention we have created so far)

    10. The internet. An obvious choice I am sure but take a moment to think. Some young people on here will barely remember a time before the Internet, and now it is a fundamental part of our lives. As well as the freedom to criticize oppressive regimes there is a darker underbelly of the Internet - a price of freedom but worth taking out of any central government control. ( child abuse should still be dealt with by all means by the way). The Internet has opened the world up, and closed regimes are scared.

    The Internet will change everything. Its are biggest invention ever. Its open, uncontrolled and democratic. Despots beware, it maybe full of crap, but its also full of information you don't want your people to hear.
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