Consider the dramatic life-changing inventions and discoveries over the last 200 years. There was a time when you could not get through one single year without someone, somewhere discovering a brand new element, chemical or law of physics. Heck, planets were being discovered and every month someone discovered a moon or galaxy it seemed! Then the inventions derived from this were life-changing. Just think of the amazement and REAL WORLD changes the day people started implementing lightbulbs. It literally changed the way people slept, ate and even learned. The car. Simply amazing. My Grandfather was one of the first people in his town to own a car! He compared it to someone pulling into your neighbourhood in a jet-engined aircraft. People would come out to get rides and experience 40+ miles an hour! (remember.. that speed was literally an unknown physical sensation to a lot of them!) Trains, cars and especially planes dramatically changed their worlds. My Grandfather was able to have a relationship (and marry) a girl from over 5 hours away!!!) Consider the astonishing changes between 1920 to 30. 30's to 40'. 40s to 70's and so on. The atomic bomb. It actually changed the entire perception of war, peace and our world. People actually woke up with an entirely new way of thinking and living. The Telephone literally changed people lives. Good Gad - you could SPEAK to anyone in the world just by pressing some buttons! Television and radio literally changed the way people conducted daily activities and understood the world around them. Medicine was finding ways to actually CURE diseases. Not just treat them but actually eliminate them. This changed people lives in real signifigant ways. People landed on the MOON! It didnt really 'do' anything but can you imagine the signifigant change in our perceptions that had. Our entire concept of where we stood in the Universe 'changed' in people minds. NOW: Im asking this question. What and where have these things gone? Honestly, in the last 20 years. Since 1984 have their been any real life-changing discoveries? Whens the last time an entirely new concept came about to actually change and effect daily lives? New Elements? New Chemicals? New forms of travel? Do things really even 'look' different? Sure they put OLD style molded body panels on cars but is there any real signifigant difference between an 84 Jeep and a 2004 Jeep? Ok, now heres two changes: Now anyone can have a cellphone. That is good because before it was only Army field Units or very rich Saudi billionaires. The rest of us had to pull over and use a payphone! The internet: You used to have to be CIA, otherwise you had to use a telephone and speak your words. Otherwise Im kinda stumped. Space shuttles are disintegrating. The fasted jets (concorde) are now being shelved. Cars still get the same gas mileage for fucks sake and just as many people die in car accidents as ever - wasnt that supposed to be changed with technology and 'the future' !? Im looking for NEW innovations that are actually changing and improving peoples real daily lives? Note: I dont consider a 90gig harddrive to be a 'life changing' innovation OR a 'new' invention. Im looking for something that actualy changes the way we do things or the direction we are going?