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350 Human Technological Wonders!


TECHNOLOGY
When world building, look at the newest inventions listed and go backwards in time, until you get to the essentials. Make restrictions then find solutions.

Fewer technologies create worlds that are far more interesting. Any removal from the modern day can do this.

For example, your people cannot use telephones. They can use ways around the problem, such as Morse code, or good old-fashioned delivery on horseback.

Consider how technologies affect each other. Some will be a prerequisite to others. Remember that though inventions have a discovery, release or patent date, it doesn’t mean that the innovation was affordable or accessible to the masses.

I attempted ordering them by various subjects to help see the connections, but there are crossovers. This list includes 344 achievements. I have avoided ‘B.C’ for ease of use if you would like to copy and paste this into an excel document.

Milestones of Human Achievement

YEAR
MARKER
ACHIEVEMENT
-9000
Agriculture
Agriculture
-5500
Irrigation
Agriculture
-200
Seed Drill
Agriculture
100
Wheelbarrow
Agriculture
800
3-Field
Agriculture
1525
4-Field
Agriculture
1781
Intense Breeding
Agriculture
1784
Threshing Machine
Agriculture
1834
Combine Harvester
Agriculture
1470
Parachute
Air Travel
1783
Balloon
Air Travel
1903
Plane
Air Travel
1930
Jet
Air Travel
1939
Helicopter
Air Travel
1961
Astronaut
Air Travel
-500000
Architecture
Architecture
-4000
Arch
Architecture
-3300
Gypsum Plaster
Architecture
-2550
Pyramid
Architecture
100
Groin Vault
Architecture
100
Treadwheel Crane
Architecture
1100
Rib Vault
Architecture
1781
Iron Bridge
Architecture
1822
Shaper
Architecture
1839
Steel Hammer
Architecture
1852
Elevator
Architecture
-400000
Pigment
Art
-30000
Wall
Art
-1500
Fresco
Art
1400
Perspective
Art
1822
Photography
Art
1895
Film
Art
1543
Heliocentric
Astronomy
1609
Elliptical Orbit
Astronomy
1610
Jupiter Moons/Venus Phases
Astronomy
1730
Octant
Astronomy
1781
Uranus
Astronomy
1801
Ceres
Astronomy
1929
Expanding Universe
Astronomy
1931
Radio
Astronomy
-450
Atomic
Atomic
1938
Fission
Atomic
1945
Bomb
Atomic
1951
Households
Atomic
1958
Plant
Atomic
1858
Evolution
Biology
1865
Genes
Biology
1953
DNA
Biology
2000
Genome
Biology
-7000
Corn
Botany
-6000
Rice
Botany
-5000
Cotton
Botany
-2000
Fruit Trees
Botany
-1000
Tea
Botany
1400
Coffee
Botany
1736
Rubber
Botany
-8000
Bow
Bow
-1500
Compound
Bow
-1300
Lathe
Bow
-475
Cross
Bow
-5500
Smelt
Chemistry
1709
Fahrenheit
Chemistry
1742
Celsius
Chemistry
1790
Theory
Chemistry
1790
H2O
Chemistry
1869
Table
Chemistry
-1600
Water
Clock
-125
Long Year
Clock
1300
Weight
Clock
1300
Glass
Clock
1550
Spring
Clock
1654
Pendulum
Clock
1837
Telegraph/Morse
Communication
1866
Trans-Atlantic Cable
Communication
1876
Telephone
Communication
1973
Internet
Communication
1990
WWW
Communication
1642
Pascaline
Computer
1837
Computer
Computer
1887
Calculator
Computer
1939
Digital
Computer
1948
Transistor
Computer
1948
Programmable
Computer
1957
PC
Computer
1959
Robot
Computer
1975
Microcomputer
Computer
1982
CD
Computer
1995
DVD
Computer
-2500000
Tools
Craft
-77000
Bed
Craft
-33000
Sculpture
Craft
-25000
Idol
Craft
-10000
Vessel
Craft
-4000
Wheel
Craft
-1500
Glazing
Craft
-100
Porcelain
Craft
1420
Brace
Craft
100
Distillation
Distillation
400
Alcohol
Distillation
-385
Academy
Education
1088
University
Education
1660
Royal Society
Education
1663
Static Generator
Electric
1740
Wire
Electric
1744
Leyden Jar
Electric
1749
Lightning Rod
Electric
1800
Battery
Electric
1831
Induction
Electromagnet
1873
Electromagnetism
Electromagnet
-50000
Dog
Fancy
-8000
Goat
Fancy
-8000
Sheep
Fancy
-8000
Pig
Fancy
-6000
Cow
Fancy
-5000
Chicken
Fancy
-4000
Donkey
Fancy
-4000
Buffalo
Fancy
-3500
Alpaca
Fancy
-2500
Camel
Fancy
-2400
Bee
Fancy
-110000
Bead
Game
-3500
Board
Game
-500
Go
Game
500
Chess
Game
868
Cards
Game
1298
Dominoes
Game
1972
Console
Game
1671
H
Gas
1755
CO2
Gas
1772
N
Gas
1772
O
Gas
-1800000
Hunt
Gastro
-1800000
Cook
Gastro
-400000
Spear
Gastro
-50000
Cutlery
Gastro
-40000
Australia
Geographic
-15000
Americas
Geographic
-150
Astrolabe
Geographic
1
Compass
Geographic
50
Polynesia
Geographic
400
Madagascar
Geographic
1400
Intercontinental
Geographic
1492
Transatlantic Colony
Geographic
-2500
Glass
Glass
1
Blowing
Glass
100
Clear
Glass
1270
Spectacle
Glass
1590
Microscope
Glass
1610
Telescope
Glass
1931
Electron Microscope
Glass
1676
Microorganisms
Health
1733
Blood Pressure
Health
1796
Smallpox
Health
1804
Morphine
Health
1878
Rebreather
Health
1910
Antibiotics
Health
1928
Penicillin
Health
-1800000
Fire
Heat
900
Coke/Fuel
Heat
1682
Boiler Safety Valve
Heat
1712
Steam Engine
Heat
1769
Steam Engine Condenser
Heat
-3500
Husbandry
Horse
-1600
Chariot
Horse
-700
Cavalry
Horse
-500
Stirrup
Horse
400
Padded Collar
Horse
-200000
Language
Language
-3200
Writing
Language
-1700
Alphabet
Language
-1700
Syllabary
Language
-750
Alphabet
Language
1861
Proto-Indo-European
Language
1785
Oil Lamp
Light
1792
Gas
Light
1802
Arc Lamp
Light
1826
Match
Light
1873
Mill
Light
1879
Electric
Light
1895
X-Ray
Light
1947
Holography
Light
1954
Solar
Light
1957
Laser
Light
-7000
Frame
Loom
1200
Pole Lathe
Loom
1785
Power
Loom
1800
Card-Control
Loom
-200000
Glue
Luxury
-3000
Perfume
Luxury
-3000
Silk
Luxury
-2800
Soap
Luxury
-2500
Lime
Luxury
1200
Acid
Luxury
1909
Plastic
Luxury
-2000
Quadratic Equations
Maths
-1900
Pythagoras
Maths
-500
Abacus
Maths
-450
Irrational Numbers
Maths
-300
Zero
Maths
800
Decimals
Maths
820
Algebra
Maths
1614
Logarithms
Maths
1620
Slide Rule
Maths
1654
Probability
Maths
1684
Calculus
Maths
1931
Incompleteness
Maths
-9000
Copper
Metal
-3000
Arsenic Bronze
Metal
-2500
Tin Bronze
Metal
-2500
Iron
Metal
-2000
Brass
Metal
-500
Cast Iron
Metal
1886
Aluminium
Metal
1277
Land
Mine
1375
Water
Mine
-1800
Bank
Money
-800
Credit
Money
-600
Coin
Money
1000
Paper
Money
1250
Stock
Money
1350
Bookkeeping
Money
-67000
Flute
Music
-3000
Stringed
Music
619
Orchestra
Music
1680
Marimba
Music
1696
Metronome
Music
1698
Piano
Music
1820
Accordion
Music
1835
Tuba
Music
1841
Sax
Music
1860
Celesta
Music
1877
Phonograph
Music
1919
Theremin
Music
1932
Electric Guitar
Music
1964
Synthesiser
Music
1600
Pendulum Constancy
Physics
1687
Gravity/Motion
Physics
1700
Prisms/Spectrum
Physics
1767
Lightning Electricity
Physics
1789
Mass Conservation
Physics
1830
Old Earth Theory
Physics
1859
Spectroscope
Physics
1888
Radio
Physics
1897
Electrons
Physics
1905
Relativity
Physics
1911
Proton
Physics
1912
Continental Drift
Physics
1932
Neutron
Physics
1948
Big Bang
Physics
-5000
Plough
Plough
-200
Mouldboard
Plough
1730
Commercial
Plough
-2000
Law
Political
-510
Senators
Political
600
Civil Service Exam
Political
1420
Patents
Political
-4000
Wine
Preservation
-3500
Beer
Preservation
1200
Wine Press
Preservation
1804
Can
Preservation
1856
Refrigerator
Preservation
1902
Air-Con
Preservation
1961
Green
Preservation
-8000
Clay
Print
-2500
Parchment/Animal Skins
Print
-2000
Papyrus
Print
-100
Paper
Print
589
Toilet Paper
Print
700
Wood Text
Print
1000
Silkscreen
Print
1040
Moveable Type
Print
1430
Intaglio
Print
1440
Press
Print
1605
Newspaper
Print
1867
Typewriter
Print
1984
3D
Print
1925
Mechanics
Quantum
1997
Entanglement
Quantum
-4000
1,000
Settlement
-3000
Kingdom
Settlement
-2800
City-States
Settlement
-2250
Empire
Settlement
-900
10,000
Settlement
-200
100,000
Settlement
10
250,000
Settlement
1800
1,000,000
Settlement
1957
Satellite
Space
1969
Moon
Space
1973
Space
Space
1989
GPS
Space
-90000
Burial
Spiritual
-4000
Hinduism
Spiritual
-2085
Judaism
Spiritual
-1500
Sikhism
Spiritual
-560
Buddhism
Spiritual
30
Christianity
Spiritual
622
Islam
Spiritual
-1000
Steel
Steel
200
Crucible
Steel
1855
Industrial
Steel
1200
Spinning Wheel
Textiles
1530
Spinning Wheel Pedal
Textiles
1733
Flying Shuttle
Textiles
1764
Spinning Jenny
Textiles
1793
Cotton Gin
Textiles
-2600
War
War
-2400
Scaling Ladder
War
-1900
Battering Ram
War
-400
Catapult
War
-300
Trebuchet
War
1050
Gunpowder
War
1100
Counterweight Trebuchet
War
1221
Explosive Bomb
War
1290
Cannon
War
1350
Harquebus
War
1375
Granular Gunpowder
War
1400
Full Plate Armour
War
1490
Cast Cannon
War
1680
Ring Bayonet
War
1808
Self-Loading Cartridge
War
1862
Machine-Gun
War
1942
Ballistic Missile
War
-2500
Ship
Water
-2400
Rudder
Water
-250
Mill
Water
-100
Lateen Rigging
Water
1119
Compass
Water
1560
Dry-dock
Water
1762
Chronometer
Water
1807
Steamboat
Water
1843
Iron Ships
Water
-3500
Wheel
Wheel
-3000
Vehicle
Wheel
1804
Rail
Wheel
1886
Tram/Motor
Wheel
1895
Car
Wheel
1915
Tank
Wheel
1929
Rocket
Wheel
600
Mill
Wind
1650
Pump
Wind
1888
Turbine
Wind
1735
Taxonomy
Zoology
1795
Reptilian Dinosaur
Zoology
1997
Cloning
Zoology

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