Exceptional people of the world

The GE Focus Forward films highlight exceptional people and world-changing ideas that have impacted the course of human development, now and then, or with great potential to significantly affect how we live in the next generation.

Meet some of the world’s exceptional people.

In these 3 minute films you will see how engineers, educators, inventors, surgeons, philosophers, social workers and others are utilising their skills and vision to help sow the seeds of a better future.

The films cover everything from medical advances to economically viable “green”-powered homes, to the development of wireless technologies in 3rd World countries, as well as innovations in transportation and healthcare, gene therapy and waste management, or any other sphere of art and knowledge that inspires them.

Click here for more videos like ‘Mushroom Man’ above.

The Top 30 innovations that changed the world

According to the University of Pennsylvania, these are the top 30 innovations of the past 30 years. These innovations span all disciplines and have shifted the world, and propelled it forward.

The verdict is in: the Internet and PCs are the most transformative innovations seen in the last 30 years

Earlier this year, a panel of academicians from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School collectively came up with a list of what they felt were the top 30 innovations of the last 30 years.

The Wharton judges first had to define what innovation means in an age dominated by digital technology, medical advancements and mobile communications. Another qualification was the problem-solving value of the innovations. The innovations were selected based on how they impact quality of life, fulfill a compelling need, solve a problem, exhibit a “wow” factor, change the way business is conducted, increase efficiency, spark new innovations and create a new industry.
  1. Internet, broadband, WWW (browser and html)
  2. PC/laptop computers
  3. Mobile phones
  4. E-mail
  5. DNA testing and sequencing/Human genome mapping
  6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  7. Microprocessors
  8. Fiber optics
  9. Office software (spreadsheets, word processors)
  10. Non-invasive laser/robotic surgery (laparoscopy)
  11. Open source software and services (e.g., Linux, Wikipedia)
  12. Light emitting diodes
  13. Liquid crystal display (LCD)
  14. GPS systems
  15. Online shopping/ecommerce/auctions (e.g., eBay)

Click here to browse the full list.

Image credit: Paul Foreman