Top 15 innovations of last 50 years

Technology has taken great strides to simplify day-to-day life and advance mankind.

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By  Administrator Published  February 6, 2008

Technology has taken great strides to simplify day-to-day life and advance mankind.

Over the last fifty years there have been countless developments that have made the way we live easier and more productive. From the laborious processes of 1958, technology has taken great strides to simplify day-to-day life and advance mankind. Though the individual improvements are too extensive to list here, CEO Middle East has selected the 15 innovation categories that have had the greatest impacts.

Commercial air travel

• Although commercial flights were available as early as the 1920s, these flights were barely comparable to the modern manifestation of mass public air travel. At this early stage, the flights were expensively reserved for the wealthy elite and served only a very few routes.

It was with the introduction of jumbo jets that air travel was brought to the general public.

It is hard to believe in a world where the busiest airport sees an aircraft take-off or land every 90 seconds that the commercial airliner was only launched in 1969. Since then, international flights have become more and more accessible to the masses, now making tourism one of the world's leading industries.

• From a business perspective, the easy availability of international flights has expedited the spread of global trade links, increasing the ease of international operations and the growth of multi-national companies. Though fears surround the future of air travel in light of the limited oil reserves, the recent release of the Airbus A380 and naissance of space travel suggest that the success of air travel could continue for another 50 years yet.

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