Panel Of Experts List Top 30 Innovations Of The Past 30 Years

By: Manoj Jasra - February 17, 2009

To celebrate their three decades on the air, PBS’ Nightly Business Report teamed up with Knowledge@Wharton, the online research and business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, to select the 30 most important innovations from the last 30 years. The results are in, and the Internet reigns supreme.

The complete results:

30. Anti retroviral treatment for AIDS [Health Care] 29. SRAM flash memory [Electronics] 28. Stents Health [Care] 27. ATMs [Finance] 26. Bar codes and scanners [Retail] 25. Bio fuels [Biotechnology] 24. Genetically modified plants [Biotechnology] 23. RFID and applications (e.g. EZpass) [Electronics] 22. Digital photography/videography [Electronics] 21. Graphic user interface (GUI) [Computer Science] 20. Social networking via internet [Media] 19. Large scale wind turbines [Energy] 18. Photovoltaic Solar Energy [Energy] 17. Microfinance [Finance] 16. Media file compression (e.g., jpeg, mpeg, mp3) [Computer Science] 15. Online shopping/ecommerce/auctions (e.g., eBay) [Information Technology] 14. GPS Systems [Electronics] 13. Liquid Crystal Displays [Electronics] 12. Light emitting diodes (first real devices in 1960s; in products in mid-70s) [Electronics] 11. Open source software and services (e.g., Linux, Wikipedia) [Media] 10. Non-invasive laser/robotic surgery (laparoscopy) [Health Care] 9. Office software (Spreadsheets, word processors) [Computer Science] 8. Fiber optics [Telecommunications] 7. Microprocessors [Computer Science] 6. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) [Biotechnology] 5. DNA testing and sequencing/Human genome mapping [Biotechnology] 4. E-mail [Computer Science] 3. Mobile phones [Telecommunications] 2. PC/laptop computers [Computer Science] 1. Internet/broadband/WWW (browser and HTML) [Telecommunications]


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Manoj Jasra Manoj Jasra is an online marketing veteran of almost 10 years who specializes in analytics, social/search strategy and mobile marketing. Manoj is currently a Sr. Strategist at one of Canada's largest Telecommunications Companies, Shaw Communications Inc., where he leads Social Media, SEO, PPC and Web Analytics strategies. Manoj first started in the search marketing industry with Enquiro Search Solutions, where he spearheaded web analytics, SEO Training and the development of cutting edge search marketing solutions for clients.

Manoj is a Professional Speaker having participated at events such as Emetrics, Web Analytics Xchange, WebTrends' Engage, Internet Marketing Conference, Social Media Innovation Summit and Search Engine Strategies. He authors Web Analytics World (a top 100 Online Marketing Blog) and consults through his firm Jasra Inc.

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