All inventors hope to one day create the object or technology that will change the world. The guy who invented the wheel, for example, he succeeded too well, and today we still use it. But others found a good invention that, although it changed the world, died very quickly. Either it was quickly replaced by better, or it was no longer needed very quickly.
1. The Atomic Bomb
In concrete terms, nuclear weapons have only been used twice in wartime: on Hiroshima and on Nagasaki. Yet that was enough to upset global geopolitics and bring history into the nuclear age. Today there is very little risk of an atomic bomb being dropped again on an inhabited city, but the mere fact that it exists is enough to change diplomatic relations between countries. It is both impressive and frightening.
2. VHS tapes
Cassettes on which you could watch films or, the height of madness, record them directly from the video recorder, were invented in the 70s and disappeared in the early 2000s, gradually being replaced by DVDs. 30 years is a fairly short lifespan for an invention, and yet it has changed the habits of a large part of the population. Before, we watched live TV on the channels, and then that was it. It was only with VHS that we began to be able to choose when we wanted to watch a particular program. We, the DJEUNZ, it seems normal to us, but for those who were born before the 70s, it was a real revolution.
3. The writing ball
In 1865, 2 years before the typewriter, Rasmus Malling-Hansen invented the writing ball, which was the same thing but less practical (look at the photo, you will see the delirium). The invention was crazy: you could write faster by pressing keys instead of doing everything by hand. Some authors, like the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who had sight problems, quickly adopted it. But as we said, very soon after, the typewriter, much easier to use and produce, landed and supplanted the little bouboule.
4. The Maxim Machine Gun
In 1884, Great Britain acquired the first self-powered machine gun. It was a machine gun whose recoil was enough to eject the empty cartridge that had just been fired and automatically insert a new cartridge, to be able to fire at a crazy speed of 600 rounds per minute. It allowed the English to conquer countries like Zimbabwe and Sudan by losing only very few men, while the men opposite were falling by the tens of thousands. It was found 20 years later on the fronts of the First World War, but it was very quickly replaced by less cumbersome machine guns which overheated less quickly. Nevertheless, it has changed the balance of power in the battles during its few years of activity.
5. The Daguerreotype
The Daguerreotype, invented in 1835, is not the first camera to have emerged, but it is the first whose images produced did not disappear quickly due to daylight. Thanks to him, photography experienced a revolution. It was marketed from 1839, but less than 15 years later, new devices appeared that used cheaper and much more efficient technologies. Bye bye the Daguerreotype.
Well ok, the Minitel has not changed the world, but it has changed France. It was distributed throughout the territory in 1982 and, for the first time in the country, you could access a whole lot of information from a terminal located at home. It was the ancestor of our computer connected to the Internet, and that’s also why the Minitel didn’t last long. From the 1990s, the first individuals in France began to equip themselves with a computer with a connection to SURFER THE WEB. After that, the little gray box had no interest.
7. The electric telegraph
Perfected by Samuel Morse around 1840, (the same guy who invented Morse code, yes), the electric telegraph made it possible to send signals that could be decoded to transmit messages, all thanks to electric cables. It very quickly turned the world upside down, and we deployed it everywhere following the railways. In 1866 we even created the first transatlantic link, a sick thing. The only concern is that in the late 1870s the telephone came into the game and made the telegraph a little has-been.
8. The day you invented a gastro to miss a day of class
This little lie only lasted a day, but it allowed you to avoid a math DS that you would have totally messed up and that would have put you off schooling for life. Without it, you would have ended up on the street, poor, sad and lonely. This invention saved your life, and it must have changed the world.