Everyday life is constantly changing and improving thanks to the ingenious ideas of famous inventors past and present. What once seemed impossible is now possible, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s forward-thinking concepts for flying machines (airplanes), Benjamin Franklin’s useful inventions like bifocals and the lightning rod, and Alexander Graham Bell’s revolutionary “talking machine” (telephone).
The modern era has also produced life-changing advancements whether in science, medicine, the arts, digital media. Music-makers can thank Les Paul for his amazing guitars, while Elon Musk launched the world's first commercial space ship, Steve Jobs' Apple products have made technology beautiful, and Sergey Brin and Larry Page's Google has changed how the world searches for information. These and so many other famous inventors and their creations changed the course of human history. See all inventors.
CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla will lay off 9 percent of the company’s workforce to boost profitability while promising to deliver 5,000 Model 3 cars a week by the end of June. Tesla hasn’t made an annual profit in 15 years and posted its largest quarterly loss this year.
Australian actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr was featured in NBC’s ‘Timeless.’ Best known in her time as the world’s “most beautiful woman alive,” Lamarr starred alongside Clark Gable and helped develop an early technique for early ideas behind WiFi.
Google co-founder Larry Page has unveiled his new fully electric, self-piloting flying taxis. One of Page’s companies has completed “stealth” testing and will now pair with New Zealand for an official certification process in the hopes of creating the “Uber” of flying taxis in three years.
Leonardo DiCaprio optioned Walter Isaacson's new biography on Leonardo Da Vinci, and the film has just secured a screenwriter: John Logan, who wrote ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Spectre.’ The film, produced by Paramount and Appian Way, will star DiCaprio in the title role.
Twenty years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the world to iMac, which had a 15-inch screen and 4GB hard drive. The computer was a minor revolution for its design, introduction of the USB and integrated design for internet use when it wasn’t a universal feature on other computers.