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An enabling technology is an invention or innovation, that can be applied to drive radical change in the capabilities of a user or culture. Enabling technologies are characterized by rapid development of subsequent derivative technologies, often in diverse fields. See General purpose technology.
Equipment and/or methodology that, alone or in combination with associated technologies, provides the means to increase performance and capabilities of the user, product or process.
Historically significant enabling technologies
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Ancient and prehistorical eras
- Electric Motor
- Internal Combustion Engine
- Personal Computer
- Cloud Computing
- Interseasonal thermal energy storage: enables recycling of waste heat and utilization of natural energy (e.g. summer's solar heat or winter's cold) for heating or cooling in the opposite season.