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What’s the one invention that you can’t imagine living without? Your smartphone? GPS? Facebook? They all made the list of the best inventions of the past 25 years, according to a new survey conducted by OnePoll.com.

I agree that all three of those have, for better or for worse, made major impacts on society. However, looking at the rest of the top 25, I would probably rank stem cell technology and 3D printers a bit higher. Also, I would have included the backup camera, a personal favorite of mine, on the list. While that invention did make its debut on a concept car in 1956, it wasn’t added to mass-produced vehicles until the 2000s.

Top 25 Inventions Of The Past 25 Years

1. WiFi
2. Smartphones
3. Online banking
4. Online search e.g. Google
5. Online shopping e.g. Amazon

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6. Stem cell technology
7. GPS
8. Flat-screen TVs
9. Contact-less payment
10. Tablets

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11. YouTube
12. 3D printers
13. Netflix
14. Data encryption
15. Skype

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16. Modern electric cars e.g. Tesla model S
17. Kindle
18. Bluetooth
19. Facebook
20. Wireless headphones

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21. Ancestry DNA kits
22. Sony games consoles such as PlayStation
23. Amazon Echo
24. Spotify
25. Fitbit

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