The Eraser

By Douglas Rushkoff. Published in The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2,000 Years on 12 January 2000

The eraser. As well as the delete key, correction fluid, the constitutional amendment, and all the other tools that let us go back and fix our mistakes.

Without our ability to return, erase, and try again, we would have no scientific model nor any way to evolve government, culture, or ethics. The eraser is our confessor, our absolver, and our time machine.