Amazing Technological Advances Part IV

The series continues! There have been some amazing technological advances over the last sixty years. Today, we take a look at some of the biggest tech advances since 1995.

1995 – Google begins as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Both are Ph.D. students at Stanford University.

1999 – Kevin Ashton coins the term “the Internet of Things” (IoT) while working at Auto-ID Labs.Oracle executive Marc Benioff invites three friends to his San Francisco apartment. His business idea gets a lukewarm response. Cofounder Dave Moellenhoff doesn’t sugarcoat it, “You’re an idiot. That’s the stupidest thing. This is never going to work.” The group presses forward and launches Salesforce, one of the first enterprise cloud software services in the world. The company pioneered the concept of delivering enterprise applications via a simple website.

2000 – Confinity and merge in March. The combined company becomes PayPal to sync up the name of the company with the name of the product.

The United States stops intentionally degrading GPS signals available to the public. Originally developed by the Department of Defense to aid the military, the satellite-based system provides location and time data to users. In announcing the discontinuation of the feature that deliberately degraded the signal, the White House said in a statement that civilian users of GPS would be able to pinpoint locations up to ten times more accurately than before.


2001 – A free user-generated online encyclopedia called Wikipedia comes online and quickly becomes the reference site of choice for Internet users.

2002 – Internet Archive search director Doug Cutting and University of Washington graduate student Mike Cafarella begin building Nutch. Over the course of a few months, Cutting and Cafarella create the underlying file systems and processing framework that would become Hadoop.

Amazon launches Amazon Web Services, a suite of cloud-based services including storage, computation, and even human intelligence through the Amazon Mechanical Turk .

2003 – 500 million devices are connected to the Internet. One device for every twelve people on the planet.

Chris Stolte and Pat Hanrahan invent a technology called VizQL at Stanford. VizQL attacks a basic business problem: making databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people. Now, visualization is part of the journey and not just the destination. Fast analytics and visualization for everyone become the basis for founding Tableau.

Scientists announced that they had sequenced the entire human genome two years ahead of schedule. The 13-year international project set out to identify the 20,000 to 25,000 genes in human DNA.