10 landmark technologies that defined computers, and 5 that will

Today, it's hard to think of computers as more than a collection of advanced microchips and the like — processors, RAM, flash storage and graphics cards, for example. Like a river, the flow of technology that has led us to the modern computing architecture we use today came from some several often overlooked sources — the proverbial "stones that divert the river."

These are the heroes of our technological past, with a few predictions sprinkled in there for good measure. Click on the gallery below to get this journey started.

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