Picture of some numeralsI don’t want this blog to be just about re-posting articles someone else wrote, but I thought this was interesting and that I’d share it.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (that’s “I-triple-E” to those who know what it is), of which I happen to be a member, published a list of the top 10 technology developments in the decade 2000-2010. This is not a list compiled by some self-styled “tech-savvy” journalist, it’s the list of important technology compiled by people who built the stuff (or similar stuff).

If you don’t want to read the original article, which is brief enough, I’ll give you just the list.

11) Class-D audio amplifiers, which I’d never heard of until today
10 – Digital photography
9 – Flexible AC power transmission (foundations of the “smart grid”)
8 – Planetary rovers
7 – Drone aircraft
6 – Cloud computing
5 – Multicore CPUs
4 – LED lightbulbs
3 – Voice-over-IP
2 – Social networking
1 – Smartphones

Of those, I don’t think “social networking” really fits in: all the others are more nuts-and-bolts technological breakthroughs, whereas social networking is just a Havard dropout’s idea for making a gazillion dollars by selling people’s private information. But the other 10 I’d agree are a big deal.