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Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time

Thu May 05, 2016 8:42 pm

Hey Guys
Greetings
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I have just read that The Time magazine included Raspberry pi in the article "The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time"

Kudos to RaspBerry Pi Team.

Here is the link for article, http://time.com/4309573/most-influential-gadgets/

I hope someone writes about this in the blog.
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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Thu May 05, 2016 9:31 pm

Ctrl-F results:

Apple - 24
Sony - 11
Nintendo - 10
IBM - 9
Google - 7
Motorola - 7
Amazon - 4
Atari - 4
Toshiba - 2
Polaroid - 3
Commodore - 3
Blackberry - 3
HP - 3
Nokia - 2
Canon - 2
Kodak - 2
Raspberry - 2

Interpret from this result what you will.
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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Thu May 05, 2016 9:38 pm

Silent_MacJedi,

"The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time"

Brilliant. If you are ignoring some hundreds or thousands of year of human history.

How come the wheel is not on the list? Certainly a very influential gadget.

What about the abacus? The typewriter, the refrigerator, the washing machine, the original radio and TV?

Personally the only ones on the list I have owned are:

45: The Raspi. of course.
8: Kodak Box Brownie camera.
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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Thu May 05, 2016 9:56 pm

Anything that puts the iPhone at #1 and relegates the IBM Selectric Typewriter to #17 and the Raspberry Pi to #45 isn't worth the 1's & 0's used to publish it.
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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Thu May 05, 2016 10:05 pm

Pffft.

You can have my Popeil Pocket Fisherman when you pry it out of my cold dead hands.

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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Thu May 05, 2016 10:22 pm

Dougie,
Anything that puts the iPhone at #1...
Yes, introduced to a world primed by and built by guys who were brought up on the first personal computers. The Altair, the IMSAI, etc.

Not to mention calculators, starting as far back as the slide rule, the Curta calculator, the digital arrivals in the 1970's.

Yeah, they mentioned Sony TV, as if that was the most influential TV. And totally skipped the influence of radio.

Really, if you are going to say "of all time" you have to do better than that superficial crap.

The most influential gadget in my life is the cork-screw :)
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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Fri May 06, 2016 2:53 am

Heater wrote:Silent_MacJedi,

"The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time"

Brilliant. If you are ignoring some hundreds or thousands of year of human history.

How come the wheel is not on the list? Certainly a very influential gadget.

What about the abacus? The typewriter, the refrigerator, the washing machine, the original radio and TV?

Personally the only ones on the list I have owned are:

45: The Raspi. of course.
8: Kodak Box Brownie camera.
I was total agreeing with you on this point except after I read the intro, they defined the parameters as "the devices by with consumers let the future creep into their present", which can be interpreted in quite a few ways.

The newish stuff I don't think belongs on there (yet): Google Glasses, Makerbot 3d Printer, Segway, and Oculus Rift, as they haven't sold gob loads and made a lasting impacting legacy. In 20 years they could be revered or just a historical footnote.
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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Fri May 06, 2016 10:01 am

Yes of course, there is always a conditional "get out" clause.

Still a list of trivia... in my opinion :)
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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Fri May 06, 2016 12:49 pm

I love the idea of this but..

Raspberry Pi is 45 (5 below Google Glass?!!) and the Magic Wand Vib.. eh Massager is 10?

Sadly, Time used to be better, or perhaps I was younger and naive.

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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Fri May 06, 2016 3:20 pm

shadowbyte wrote:Sadly, Time used to be better, or perhaps I was younger and naive.
Isn't that nostalgia?

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Fri May 06, 2016 7:25 pm

shadowbyte wrote:I love the idea of this but..

Raspberry Pi is 45 (5 below Google Glass?!!) and the Magic Wand Vib.. eh Massager is 10?

Sadly, Time used to be better, or perhaps I was younger and naive.
Actually the Pi is 5 *above* Google Glass (which shouldn't even be on the list). And the Magic Wand has been in production for 40 years.

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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Sat May 07, 2016 4:42 am

Eben and I saw the last few things (50-45) on the list and started guessing what would be at the top. We were both wrong: Eben said "The wheel. Or fire." I said "A pointy stick."

Still, the iPhone is nice and all.
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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Sat May 07, 2016 7:36 am

They should have had an electric car on the list.
The Sinclair C5 comes to mind (since the zx spectrum was not on list)

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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Sat May 07, 2016 10:40 am

liz wrote:... Eben said "The wheel. Or fire." I said "A pointy stick."...
I have a theory.

Some time between Lucy and the stone age, humans started growing bigger brains, which required bigger heads.
Now, we all know that birth is one of the more dangerous times in a creature's life, and that a larger head means more difficult birth.

If you watch pack animals in the wild, you'll notice the other females stand around watching while one of their number give birth. It helps to deter predators, but does nothing for the birth itself.
What the proto-humans did was invent the mid-wife system - they actually helped with the birth. That made it safer, and allowed bigger brains and intelligence to flourish.

So wheels, fire, even possibly pointy sticks (though bonobos have been seen using those, as have rooks) and iPhones all follow the mid-wife.

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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Sat May 07, 2016 11:01 am

Burngate,

Are you suggesting that midwives are gadgets? Interesting.

Top on my list would be:

Rocks. We have been opening tough nuts with rocks ever since we were monkeys of some kind. Later we open each other heads with them. Tens of thousands of years later we are still lobbing rocks at each other, in the form of bullets, missiles etc. Of course a rock with a handle attached is a hammer which is very useful.

Shoes. With shoes came the ability to travel vast distances over all kind of ground in all kind of weather conditions. Today modern humans cannot function without shoes. Shoes have gained pedometers and fitness trackers etc.

The wheel. Of course.

Spectacles. A huge lot of us cannot function without them. Certainly having longer lives exacerbates the problem that spectacles solve.

The boat. Enabled us to move to and make use of resources all around the world.
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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Sat May 07, 2016 1:48 pm

Midwives may not be, but the ... system? protocol? wetware? ... it's a gadget just like any other.

Boats ... shoes are better.
How long would it take to walk from The Cape Good Hope to Cape Horn?

In the middle ages, in England at least, there was a system of royal messengers keeping the bureaucracy working. Surprisingly, whilst riders could carry urgent post quite fast, much of the non-urgent stuff went by foot - and those chaps managed 30 miles a day, every day.
But I'm not sure I could keep that up.

Up until Napoleon, an army was assumed to move at about 10 miles a day. Harold Godwinson did rather better going to meet William. But 10's quite good.
Much of the time was spent foraging to feed the army, which is why it's slower then one might expect.
I could probably manage that.

So ten miles a day, five days a week, and fifty weeks a year - that's 2500 miles.
The circumference of the Earth is less than ten times that, and the route from southern Africa to southern South America is less than a great circle.

So ten years!


So why didn't Homo Sapiens get everywhere? They had millennia to do it. Neanderthals got part of the way, Denisovans got further.
It's probable that Denisovans had better boots

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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Sat May 07, 2016 6:30 pm

Yeah, well it's a list of tech gadgets, choices were made...
I'm not sure we can still consider the wheel a tech gadget, although I don't deny its importance!

I think there are 2 positive points here:
- #45 is near the top of the list since they've smartly chosen to present it in reverse order. The poor iPad, #25 in the middle of the pack doesn't fare better than the Pi, I think.
- Following on jdb's "ctrl-F" research, and if I am not wrong, the Pi here is the only tech gadget that is not the product of a corporation (and one of the few non-american or japanese)

Not bad at all overall.
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Re: Raspberry Pi is The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All T

Sun May 08, 2016 5:31 am

Good god, yes: SPECTACLES (and latterly, contact lenses). There wouldn't be a Raspberry Pi without them - Eben is -10 dioptres in both eyes. I'm slightly better off, but we're still in a position where neither of us can locate the bottle of contact lens solution in the mornings.
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