There are so many scientific advances we've been talking about for 50+ years. It seems impossible now to imagine how any of them could ever have come to be before the invention of the Internet as we know it and associated Information Age. So goes the order of invention.

One counter example of course is that we amazingly managed to put a man on the moon before we had anywhere near today's sophistication about computer modeling and information transfer.

No doubt this is one of the characteristic triumphs of human innovation. What makes discoveries innovative is that we ignore they fact that they are quite nearly impossible and totally infeasible, and we discover them anyway.