Now that we have this thing called the Internet, no one really cares about the wheel anymore. It's the sad truth. Poor wheel.

You'd almost feel sorry for it, if your immediate instinct wasn't to immediately go out and build something better. It's just the way we're wired: To build tools that make life easier, more entertaining, more meaningful. It's what separates man from, well, the wheel. And, hey, the Internet is great.

Innovation is what makes us human; a perpetual timeline of creation flowing back to that ape who first picked up a bone and smashed it against the skull of a sabertooth, to the strains of Also sprach Zarathustra. From Franklin to Edison to Jobs, we're doing all we can to make the world a better place, one idea at a time.

Here are five films -- all available for free streaming on -- that celebrate some of man's finest achievements (as well as a few of their most offbeat):

Great Expectations

Must-Watch Documentaries for Innovators

Architectural design has provided us with a way to label human progress,  so how will a sudden explosion of technology influence how our generation is looked back upon?

Reformat the Planet

Must-Watch Documentaries for Innovators

I think we can all agree that perhaps mankind's greatest invention was the Nintendo Game Boy... that is, until this marvel of sonic innovation sprang from its loins.

Welcome to Macintosh 

Must-Watch Documentaries for Innovators

Though first named after a favorite breed of apple, the word "Macintosh" is now synonymous with innovation. Here's why.

The Digital Bomb

Must-Watch Documentaries for Innovators

How does the average person make a name for himself through these seemingly endless advances in technology and science? Just ask Tron guy. 

Future Visions

Must-Watch Documentaries for Innovators

The future is not something we enter; the future is something we create. This film explores why that sentiment could potentially be more dangerous than useful.

Jon Fusco is marketing and programming coordinator at SnagFilms.