Technology; for the most part; exists to make life easier. By that definition; we’ve got it pretty good thanks to the hard work of our fellow humans. In weighing the world’s most important technologies; we ruled out the nitty gritty that led to some of the creations below — transistors; electricity and the combustion engine; to name a few — and focused on products that changed the world forever. Here are the 10 technologies; in our mind; that have shaped the world in a way we could never go back.