In Jurassic Park, one of Micheal Crichton's characters says we've made no progress at all--that cavemen spent only 15 hours a week looking for food and had the rest of their time for leisure activities. Did they go to Floyd's barbershop and play checkers? Crichton gave no specifics on that.
But did Crichton ever examine the real advances of the twentieth century? Likely he just focused on things like computers, or the birth control pill, things we modern folk take for granted. But he never considered things that truly improve the quality of life, things you could buy at Amazon if you were hip enough, things like this one. For a real example of how scientific innovation can change your life, check out this video: