Modern Marvels

Season 16 Episode 19

Top Ten

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 17, 2010 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • A single iPhone has more processing power than the North American Air Defense Command in 1965.

    • The Wii video game console has become a staple in retirement communities where over 100 senior Wii bowling leagues have been established in the United States.

    • 78% of American households – about 91 million – had one or more credit cards at the end of 2008

    • The world's largest solar power plant is being built in the desert outside of Los Angeles. It's expected to generate enough electricity to supply 800,000 homes.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: They've transformed out lives, yet a couple of decades ago they didn't exist. Now we don't know how we ever got along without them. How much have they truly improved the human condition? And at what price? Now, our picks for the Top Ten technological innovations of the last generation, on Modern Marvels.

  • Notes

    • Top Ten:
      10: Barcodes
      9: Time shifting (DVR/VOD)
      8: GPS
      7: Lithium Ion battey
      6: Digital technology
      5: Robots
      4: Renewable energy.
      3: Credit Card
      2: Cell Phone
      1: Internet

  • Allusions