This is the final installment of amazing technological advances over the last sixty years. As you can see, our society (and the world) has come a very long way in just a short time. I, for one, am very excited to see what kind of tech advances will come to us down the road.
2004 – 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg launches thefacebook.com in his dorm room as a Harvard sophomore.
2005 – YouTube is founded by former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. The idea was born at a dinner party in San Francisco the year before, inspired by two key events that year: Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl and a devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
2006 – Doug Cutting begins working at Yahoo. They spin out the storage and processing parts of Nutch to form Hadoop as an open source Apache Software Foundation project. Why Hadoop? It was named after Cutting’s son’s stuffed elephant.
2007 – The first iPhone was released combining the Internet, a cellphone, and an iPod into one device. In 74 days, Apple sells one million iPhones.
Waze is founded. The Israeli and Palo Alto-based company is a developer of free mapping and turn-by-turn navigation apps for iOS and Android devices.
Sitting in Zeke’s Sports Bar, Tom Preston-Werner shares an idea with Chris Wanstrath, “I launched into my half-baked idea for some sort of website that acted as a hub for coders to share their Git repositories. I even had a name: GitHub.” Fast forward less than a decade later, GitHub is how people build software. With a community of more than 12 million people, developers can discover, use, and contribute to over 31 million projects using a powerful collaborative development workflow.
2009 – USAA, a privately held bank and insurance company, becomes the first company to introduce the mobile check deposit feature, which requires a customer to photograph both sides of the check with the phone’s camera. With just one branch, in San Antonio, and customers deployed all over the world, the company has been aggressively developing an anytime, anywhere banking strategy.
Al Gore makes his infamous claim in a CNN interview, “During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”
Web 2.0 hits its stride. Google offers browser-based enterprise applications, through services such as Google Apps.
2011 – The Oxford Dictionary added the common texting acronym “LOL” (laughing out loud or laugh out loud) to its official listings.
2013 – Out of the world’s estimated seven billion people, six billion have access to mobile phones. Only 4.5 billion have access to working toilets.
2014 – Intel and its partners announce that they will begin commercial production of its 800 gigabit-per-second optical network cables, based on technology developed in its Silicon Photonics lab.
2015 – Amazon surpasses Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the United States by market capitalization.
Barclay’s release a report that Hortonworks, a Hadoop-based company, is expected to become the fastest growing software company ever. The company is slated to reach $100 million in annual revenue in just four years from its inception.
The average person unlocks his or her smartphone 110 times each day.