Top 7 Canadian Inventions that Changed the World
5. The Java Programming Language – James Gosling (1991)
The original intention of Java was to create interactive television – but the Digital Cable industry at the time couldn’t handle it. Instead of fulfilling it’s original purpose, Java grew into one of the most popular programming languages in the world – over 3 billion devices run Java!
Java can be found everywhere; from cell phones to websites, Java is at the center of many technologies.
6. The Telephone – Alexander Graham Bell (1876)
Perhaps the most revolutionary device in the history of human communication, the telephone makes use of electrical signals to transfer sound.
Despite being an amazing discovery, it wasn’t a one-of-a-kind invention – Alexander wasn’t the only one to have discovered the telephone. A few hours after he filed the patent for his telephone, a US inventor by the name of Elisha Gray happened to file a patent for the same thing. This was by pure coincidence, and what ensued was a long legal battle over who really owned the rights to the telephone – a battle that Alexander eventually won.
Telephones completely changed our world, and it’s offspring, the cell phone, has become an intimate part of our every day lives. As our obsession with phones continues to grow, so does the extent to which Alexander has shaped our world.
7. Basketball – James Naismith (1891)
Despite there being only one Canadian team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), basketball was invented by Canadian doctor James Naismith.
James was a physical education professor at the Young Men’s Christian Society (YMCA), and was looking for a way to keep his class on it’s feet during rainy days. He needed a high intensity indoor sport that would be just as good as going outside and playing soccer. The only problem was that, while being high intensity, this sport had to be safe enough to play in a small, walled off gym.
Eventually, he came up with the basic rules of basketball. It was originally played with a soccer ball and a rudimentary basket nailed onto a rack. The ball had to be retrieved from the basket each time a point was scored. With games these days reaching up to 100 points (approximately 50 baskets), you can imagine how annoying this must have been.
Played by over 30 million people today, James Naismith’s invention has truly left it’s mark on the world.
For a country of 30 million people, Canada has done well in terms of global innovation and research. As our world progresses towards globalization and greater innovations, only time will tell whether or not Canada will be able to continue it’s trend of world-rocking inventions.
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