3 Things That Have Dramatically Changed My World
I remember the days of calling and waiting on a cab. The process of calling a cab was incredibly difficult and required one to know the cab dispatch phone number and required you to be where they needed you to be or they would drive off and leave you.
The thought of calling a cab these days doesn’t exist in most people’s minds. The cab is the modern-day newspaper or Yellow Pages phone book. It is antiquated. It is not user-friendly. It is a thing of the past or is becoming a thing of the past.
Uber changed all of that a few years ago when they took advantage of the ride share concept and took paid transportation to a whole new level. The fees are half the price of a cab. The wait times are one-tenth the time. The entire process is simple and convenient and effective. I can open the app, enter a destination and I instantly know how many minutes it will take my ride to arrive and how much it will cost. From that point on all I have to do is wait a few minutes and joila….instant ride.
The same thing happened when Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. They took the Blackberry and made it user-friendly which opened the smart phone concept up to the entire world. I cannot remember what the world was like prior to having an iPhone and for most people now days, their entire life is stored on that device. I can access the internet anywhere and any time. I can find directions instead of using a map. I can settle trivia disputes at dinner with friends. I can listen to music and take phone calls and watch YouTube videos; all from one easy-to-use “phone”.
And can you remember your life prior to bottled water becoming popular? I can’t imagine going to a store and not having a bottled water aisle with 100 selections of water! The thought of popping in a convenient store and only having sodas as a selection is hard to imagine, but it was like that 25 years ago. Now clean water can be shipped across the world to any person in any country. I see hundreds of people every day with a bottle of water in their hand. The bottle of water has changed us and changed our world.
There have been amazing inventions introduced to the world and many have changed the way we live life. But few inventions in today’s modern world really change the world that we know. Changing the way people live their lives is really, really difficult. Ride sharing, smartphones and water have done just that. Nowadays these 3 things are commonplace, but their significance should not be undervalued.
Innovation is the modern-day currency; to come up with a concept that takes something that already exists and transforms it into a world-altering reality. Companies are paying millions of dollars in research to try to do what Jobs did at Apple. Everyone wants to invent the next iPhone for their industry, but few will do so.
What invention do you recall changing your world? Leave me your list in the comments!