The Greatest Invention of All Time

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Posted on December 12, 2005 10:21 PM in Music
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A couple of years ago during a phone interview with Amazon, I was asked what I thought was the greatest invention ever, and why. It's one of those questions you'll get asked occasionally in a technical interview to give the interviewer an idea of how your mind works and how you deal with somewhat abstract or broad concepts.

Given that I'm no interview expert (I've been the interviewer many, many more times than I've been the interviewee), the question caught me a bit off guard, but to this day I'm actually proud of the answer I gave, and haven't come up with a better answer since.

I told the interviewer, "Music."

Initially, you might not think of music as being something that was invented, per se, but in reality it was. I doubt there's any concensus as to when music was invented or who invented it (the Wikipedia entry on the history of music is fairly vague), but I don't think there's any denying that at some point in time the first music was created and/or heard.

Since that point in time, music has become more of a universal language than any other creation or invention. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who didn't have a penchant for one form of music or another. I think the iPod phenomenon alone is proof that music may be one of the most ubiquitous inventions, languages and/or forms of expression the world has ever seen.

That is how I see things, but what about you? What do you think is the greatest invention of all time?


Achal Gupta on August 01, 2006 at 5:20 AM:

I will give my vote to "Electricity".


COr on September 19, 2008 at 6:19 AM:

Totally agree dude


COr on September 19, 2008 at 6:19 AM:

wid music


Randyrandythomson on February 16, 2009 at 7:15 PM:

I would say the wheel & or the circle


Luke on February 18, 2009 at 12:59 AM:

That's right! Music is by far the best invention ever! And you were right, it was invented. Just as everything else was, by the man upstairs of course!


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Hey, Great article!
I feel glad that music was invented. Because without music, This world and life seems very boring.


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