TIME Invention Poll

A global survey of 17 countries undertaken for TIME Magazine in cooperation with Qualcomm found people around the world love the power of invention, identify with inventors and want their government to maintain strong protection for intellectual property rights.

We are a world of inventors.

The age of invention is now.

TIME Magazine takes a look at the inventions and inventors who shape our world and speculates on the age of invention to come. And what did respondents consider the most transformative invention of the past 100 years? (Hint: It’s all about mobile.)

A world view of inventions past, present and future.

What role does invention play in our society? Which countries best promote inventing? Who’s the most memorable inventor of them all?