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In Cubs' World Series drought, tech's made mighty gains

Technology hardly sat still during the 108 years it took to get the Chicago Cubs to a hard-won World Series victory.

The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series for the first time since 1908 -- a completely different era.

In the 108 years that have passed, there have been two World Wars, empires have fallen and been rebuilt, and tech has grown exponentially.

For instance: Less than two weeks before the Chicago team clinched its 1908 World Series win, Henry Ford revealed the first Model T, which would go on to spark a revolution in affordable automobiles. Since then, cars -- an estimated 253 million of them -- have taken over America's streets, and now they're on the brink of becoming robots.

The clock is still running for the Cleveland Indians, the team the Cubs defeated in the 2016 World Series. The Indians haven't clinched a World Series title since 1948. How many tech advances are yet to come before they next win it all?

While you're waiting for an answer to that question, take a look back at the tech breakthroughs and science spectacles since the Cubs last won. We've picked out the most significant to save you some time.

First published November 1 at 5:00 a.m. PT.
Updated November 3 at 10:20 a.m. PT: Makes note of the Cubs' 2016 World Series victory.