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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

Single technology is not enough - let them know they are coming When I approached this question, my first thought was the designs of the latest microchip production unit. Making chips with smaller ...
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

First: A bit of technology that might give companies a leg up in 1974... perhaps a 32 bit CPU. The 8-bit CPUs were on the cusp of being created, and you can bet that some engineers were already ...
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

The Internet has had the biggest impact on history in the last fifty years, revolutionizing communication, commerce, and access to information on a global scale. If you brought back powerful ...
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

Bring back a piece of the Berlin Wall. Show the powers that be that hostile ETs are the real threat, not the Soviets, and NASA should be kept funded pedal-to-the-metal. THAT would change history.
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

Captured alien artefacts Wait for the aliens to attack and, the moment they arrive, trap as much of their hardware as you can in the time bubble you will send back to the 70's. Add yourself to the ...
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

A personal computer A computer can contain an immense amount of data, and the powerful hardware on it allows for advanced modelling of technology to allow for rapid development. The major world ...
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

The information about aliens attacking The very fact that there is an impending DOOM might alone shift the course of history hard enough to stimulate scientific growth everywhere. Also this might ...
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

Regardless of what you decide to take with you you'd be better off waiting until after the conflict, the battle reports are going to be worth far more than a technological edge. I would suggest that ...
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

Wikipedia and lots of technical data/schematics on a laptop. The scope of the technical information available there (semiconductors, semiconductor LASERs, fuels, materials-science, chemistry, genetics ...
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

Equal Rights Amendment For most of the past 50 years, literally half the population has been prevented from reaching its full potential, because of sexism. Probably every part of our society could be ...
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

Toxic BioSludge Aliens have zero immunity to our bugs. Heck, we just about have immunity to our own bugs! Just set the time machine to portal mode and start carting all the polluted, toxic and ...
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Which invention from the last fifty years could have the biggest impact on history?

The time machine The army with a time machine will win any fight. You have a time machine. It exists in your present. That is what you take back. They don't even have to study the time machine, they ...
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Universal Graphical Representation of a specific moment in time

Similar map could point to a specific universe time, too. Relative position of heavy objects to one another could be calculated backwards and forwards. For example a map of a star system with enough ...
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