Major inventions that have led to global interconnectedness.

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Stephen Lurie, Nameir Abbas, Brian King
Grade 12

Cherry Creek High School
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

The advancement of the cosmopolitan world cannot happen by isolation and selfishness. History proves this. Only through the silk road, through exploration, trade, diplomacy and interaction have humans continue to develop. Today is no exception. We are the Globalizing Generation and any innovation that helps the world unify peacefully is no doubt exceptional. Therefore our list is made up of the "Top" innovations, because these are the ones that have aided the common human goal of interconnectedness. They have destroyed hierarchies of power, minimized isolationist policies, created "Humans Without Borders," helped the common person that is half way across the globe, and all still have the possibility to save the world from numerous perils. Here they are:

Innovation # 1: Polymerase Chain Reaction
Polymerase Chain Reaction, also known as PCR, is a key invention in microbiology that is the foundation for modern genetic research and invention. PCR heats a sample of DNA denature, its double-stranded helix, and then use extremophile bacteria to replicate that template of DNA millions of times. PCR has enabled breakthrough research in mapping the human genome to potentially alter and stop deadly disease, genetic modification of plants to create more viable crops in developing countries, as well as a bevy of other research related to stopping hereditary disorders. PCR utilizes the common DNA of all living organisms to give researchers the awesome power of understanding and altering genetic structures, to manipulate DNA to stop pernicious diseases and create unconventional solutions to daunting conventional challenges. In this sense PCR globalizes every individual around the core of humanity.

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Innovation # 2: Microprocessors
Since their invention in 1970, microprocessors have had a massive impact on the world.
The reaches of the microprocessor are now global and impact many lives in some way, shape or form.. Without it, generating the massive quantities of information that we now possess would be impossible―microprocessing made possible the mass-market computer and thus enabled information sharing on a large scale by allowing the Internet to be used on a broad level. The microprocessor has sped communication, information gathering, and information generation so significantly that it effectively led to the Information Age. The artificial shrinking of time and ...

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