Today’s Daily Prompt asks “Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?”
Sliced bread was first sold on July 7, 1928 so we are looking at things introduced to the world since that day. This means my parents, born on the 2nd of November, 1928, qualify but the telephone, radio, motor car and aeroplane do not since they were first known before that date.
So what development since mid 1928 has had the most impact on our society. A few things immediately sprang to my mind such as the personal computer, the iPhone and the iPad but heck, they only came to mind because I’m a techno-junkie and Apple fan.
Antibiotics are a possibility. While the science behind antibiotics was first noticed and described in the late 1800s the first antibiotic drug was not manufactured until 1932. Since the end of World War II antibiotics have revolutionized medicine and saved the lives of literally millions of people.
Television falls into the same class. While the science behind TV was known in the early 20th century and developed into what we first knew as TV in the mid 1920s, including a test TV station in early 1928 it wasn’t until 1936 that the BBC started the first regular TV broadcasts. If there is one thing that defines our object today it is arguably TV.
If there is one invention, one development that really has shaped the 21st century it would have to be the integrated circuit (IC).
Look around you and you will see objects that contain them. As I sit here watching television (yes) and typing on my laptop (yes) I can see my iPhone (yes), clock (yes), wireless phone, home theatre, media computer, speakers, car keys, fridge, microwave, stove, oven, musical Snoopy doll and even one of the greeting cards on my mantel.
Today it is not uncommon for us to wake up to a digital alarm clock, make coffee in a digital coffee maker, unlock our car with a digital key to drive our electronically controlled car through streets with digital street lights and motorways we pay for with digital passes to a parking garage unlocked with a digital key. After a day at work in front of a computer and talking on a digital telephone we go home to cook a meal in our digital microwave before going to sleep with a digital noise generator (mine plays beach sounds).
So to me the best thing since sliced bread are my late parents, but for society as a whole it is the integrated circuit.