What is the Most Impactful Invention from Massachusetts?
There has been constant evolution in our lifetimes as far as inventions go, and what we can actually do right at our fingertips. We are certainly not to the point where all of our automobiles are flying like we imagined they would, but there have been some incredible inventions over time.
Locally, there have been a lot of important inventions; some we use regularly, and some we never even think about in relation to their importance to our everyday lives. Take Connecticut for example. Back in 1845, a man by the name of Charles Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber. The importance of this invention is gigantic, especially with the weather we have had recently as that rubber provides some extra safety in the world of tire manufacturing so we can drive a lot easier. New York invented the credit card back in 1949, while Vermont invented the Steam-driven paddle boat.
While there have been many inventions that have had a big impact, the most impactful invention, especially in today's times, may be what came from Massachusetts in 1990. England-born Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. The internet as we know it today was invented in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1994, Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web Consortium, which is the main international standards organization for the web itself.
Is there anything used more widely, from an invention standpoint, at this time then the World Wide Web and the internet?
Check out all of the famous inventions per state below, courtesy of MNU.