19 Inventions That Have Changed the World in the Last Decade

19 Inventions That Have Changed the World in the Last Decade

Bioprinting

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The technology of 3D printing—which physical chemist and writer David E. H. Jones imagined back in 1974—has become one of the most visible innovations of the past decade. As exciting as many of the possibilities of 3D printing can be, perhaps the most significant developments have been in the area of bioprinting.

This first happened in 2012, when otolaryngologist Glenn Green led a team that bioengineered one of the first synthetic tracheas to stabilize the breathing of a struggling baby. Another major step forward occurred in 2017, when Russian company 3D Bioprinting Solutions successfully built and transplanted a thyroid into a rat.

"While transplants from one person into another can result in complications, such as the body rejecting the foreign organ, chances of this are drastically reduced using this method as bioprinting uses the stem cells of the host to create the organ," Mason explains. "Whether this eventually extends to entire limbs or not, it's clear that this is revolutionary for the medical world." These are more of the coolest things ever created with a 3D printer.

Netflix streaming

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Although Netflix has been around since 1997, when Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings established it as a DVD sales and rental service, it became a household name in 2010 when it transitioned to in-home video streaming. Though it initially had a pretty limited streaming library, the service continued to add titles over time, eventually branching out into creating original content. More than that, Netflix popularized the concept of "binge-watching" by releasing an entire season of one of their original shows—like Orange is the New Black — in one day. "It would be fair to credit Netflix for its part in increasing the quality of television shows, with growing budgets and helping to draw movie talent into the previously lower medium," Mason says. Looking for even more to watch? Here's how to access the hidden films and TV shows on Netflix.

Semi-autonomous cars

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The idea of having a car that can drive itself isn't new. In fact, German engineer Ernst Dickmanns first created an autonomous van in 1986. But prior to the last few years, these vehicles were more dream than reality. By 2013, several major automobile manufacturers—including General Motors, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and BMW—started developing their own versions of the self-driving car.

"Sadly, autonomous vehicles aren't quite on our doorstep, with many kinks to iron out such as collision avoidance," Mason explains. The emerging technology also raises all sorts of ethical concerns, like how a car would decide how to react under a variety of situations with multiple parties—for example, whether to protect the passengers in the car, or other drivers or pedestrians in an accident.

Though we're not to the point of having a fully autonomous car, major strides have been made in the development of specific amenities designed to assist the driver. One example is the 2014 Mercedes S-Class, which has semi-autonomous features like self-steering, the ability to stay within lanes and accident avoidance.

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