What?? Maybe not invented but drove the inception of Computers, IT, and therefore influenced a good portion of how we live.
Start with Basics:
France has lovely flowers (as do many other countries).
Jacquard liked flowers (assumption), and was a weaver, a very good one (fact).
Jacquard pondered how to weave images of flowers into cloth.
He invented a card system so each punched cardboard gave instructions to the loom (fact).
This is basic binary system. Cards were similar to the cards used until 1960-70s.
Conclusion: The love of beauty elevated cloth beyond plain weave, damask, to jacquard weave and ultimately helped IT.
For more info visit:
The Theory and Practice of the Art of Weaving by Hand and Power: With Calculations and Tables, for the Use of those Connected with the Trade, John Watson ( Book has been republished and is a basic for Textile Students.)
Samples of Damask for Dress Coats Late Summer: