Mind-Blowing Inventions From The 20th Century That Are Taken For Granted Today

By Sarah Norman | August 10, 2023

The Apple 1 turned nerd tech into geek chic

Today we're surrounded by technology that would have sent our brains buzzing in the groovy era. Whether you were born in the post-war boom or on the edge of the new millennium everyone has become so used to modern technology that we've lost the wonder that makes it so special.

A lot of the amazing concepts that we're surrounded with today, from smartphones to blockbuster franchises, come from the 1960s and '70s. At the time, each new thing that found its way to consumers felt like a breath of fresh air. It's a shame that they're taken for granted today. Let's look back at some of the most mind-blowing inventions of the groovy era and see how they're still making waves today.

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The Apple 1 maybe be the most important innovation of the groovy era, and possible the early 20th century. Released in 1976, the Apple Computer 1 was a breakthrough in computing technology because it natively supported features like video and keyboard output - something that no other computer did at the time and something we seriously take for granted today.

This early computer was never intended to be sold on the market, only to prove that something affordable could be constructed. But Steve Jobs, the good friend of Steve Wozniak, convinced him to put the computer on the market. Today there are millions of personal computers in homes across the world, something that the Steves could only dream about in the '70s.

Sophia Loren makes a long distance phonecall

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Today, through the help of chat apps, social media, and affordable cellphone plans that keep the world connected, long distance phone calls aren't as exciting or as expensive as they used to be. In 1963, international direct dialing from London to Paris became a thing, with calls to Amsterdam coming shortly afterwards.

By 1968, folks across the westernized world were able to reach out and touch on another with their voices on demand. This was a completely mind-blowing advancement in technology that remained a must-have until the 2000s when coast to coast calling became the norm.