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The Top 5 All-Time Heroes of Technology

Derek Cheung and Eric Brach | 6 Oct 2014 17:45
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2. Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

Yes, yes, the internet loves Tesla, but for our money, Thomas Edison was the most impactful technologist of his time. The man invented the light bulb, for crying out loud! Can you imagine what your life would be like without the light bulb?

(Hint: right now, your house would probably be very dark. Warm, too, since there'd be fires lit everywhere.)

He pioneered the microphone, recorded music, the power grid, and about a thousand other things. All those mp3s you downloaded a decade ago (you know, before Spotify?) would be mere figments of the RIAA's imagination if not for Edison.

3. John Logie Baird (1888-1946)

Um, who? The man behind the television; that's who. Most people don't know this, but the television was invented in 1923 by a young man from Scotland.

(It's true! The Scottish make more than just whisky and tape.)

Working alone in a tiny studio in London, John Logie Baird shot and displayed the first television images. Yes, his device was mechanical in nature, the equivalent of punchcard readers to today's modern computers - but still, it was the first.

Years later, Utah farmboy Philo T. Farnsworth - his actual name - would improve upon Baird's device with the first all-electronic television, but Baird was the pioneer who proved it could be done.

Couch potatoes all over the world, bow down!

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