We tend to think of innovation as a relatively recent concept, and one that’s synonymous with contemporary inventions such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR).
While the pace of technological advancement has undoubtedly accelerated in the digital age, however, we can trace important example of innovation back through the ages. Take Thomas Edison’s invention of the world’s first commercially viable incandescent lightbulb, while this inventor also developed the inaugural picture camera.
In this post, we’ll touch further on the importance of innovation, while appraising three of the best innovators of all time.
What is Innovation -And Who Are the Most Important Inventors of All Time?
Innovation is crucial due to the impact that it has on society, particularly in terms of accessibility, inclusion and how we carry out even the most perfunctory of tasks.
For example, recent innovations such as the smartphone have improved connectivity and allowed for practices such as mobile banking, making it easier to stay in touch and carry out simple tasks such as managing our finances.
Then there’s more complex technologies like blockchain, which underpins a huge (and growing) number of cryptocurrencies and continues to drive financial inclusion throughout the developing world.
These innovations have significant change and improvements, while they all emerged from the minds of uniquely talented and skilled individuals. So, here’s a brief look at three of the most important innovators of all-time!
#1. Steve Jobs
We’ve already touched on the impact of smartphones, and there’s no doubt that Apple founder Steve Jobs is worth a place on this list.
This iconic entrepreneur was CEO of Apple through the 80s and then again through the noughties, and it was during his second stint that Apple introduced the age of the smartphone with its breakthrough iPhone product.
This was developed alongside other innovative products such as the iPod and Apple Mac, but the iPhone has proved to be a truly revolutionary invention that has changed mobile communication and inspired an entire generation of phones and handsets.
#2. Nikola Tesla
While the concept of driverless vehicles represents the next generation of technology and may drive significant legal innovation over time, all such cars will have been built on the work of Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla.
This brilliant innovator, who was infamous for his colourful personality and wild experiments, helped to design and develop the AC electrical delivery system.
It’s this that powers modern-day Tesla cars and similar autonomous vehicles, with Elon Musk naming his company directly after the legendary investor.
#3. Bill Gates
No list of this type would be complete without Bill Gates, who famously founded the tech giant Microsoft after hundreds of failed attempts in his garage at home.
Microsoft continues to lead the way in software development to this day, while Gates is largely responsible for the development of modern PCs and laptops in operation across the globe.
Of course, Gates is also a legendary philanthropist, with the Bill Gates foundation ensuring that much of the inventor’s wealth continues to drive positive change in the poorest parts of the world.
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