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Raiden 11-26-2010 10:38 AM

We could have had hard drives (and much much more) in the 1940's.
 
How Ma Bell Shelved the Future for 60 Years

RAAAGGGEEEE

Can you imagine what this could have done for humanity?!

Isard 11-26-2010 12:27 PM

It would have rolled technological development back 20 years or so. Nothing too major in the grand scheme of things.

Fosus 11-26-2010 01:05 PM

Huh! >.>

Very interesting article.

Human No More 11-26-2010 01:51 PM

Interesting... although I think that it wouldn't have made a huge difference simply because there have been other limiting factors - primarily the limitations of chip fabrication in terms of process size and density of transistors - and for that matter, even the invention of integrated circuits themselves.
The difference between a hard drive and an early magnetic tape is like the difference between a modern car and a Ford Model T.

Woodsprite 11-26-2010 07:59 PM

Color television sets were invented in the 40s; no one really knows about that since they were so expensive to make back then that they were never sold until the late 50s.

Raiden 11-26-2010 08:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aihwa (Post 113086)
It would have rolled technological development back 20 years or so. Nothing too major in the grand scheme of things.

You're probably right, but it's still disappointing.

We could already be playing with holograms lol.

Isard 11-26-2010 11:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Raiden (Post 113138)
You're probably right, but it's still disappointing.

We could already be playing with holograms lol.



No we wouldn't. However, if you want holograms, support private industry. They'll be the ones to do it.

joeylovesgaia 12-06-2010 02:48 AM

The only technologies I am anxiously awaiting are those that would make this technological society sustainable. As in, not depending on oil 'til the last bitter drop of it; not destroying every food chain and every square inch of fertile topsoil; not causing red tides, depleted groundwater, and massive climate change.

Like electric cars and solar panels, for a start (oil and car industries for the lose). And Smart Paper, which Xerox bought the patent on and now won't release.

Human No More 12-06-2010 03:58 AM

Ironic then the amount of oil the production of solar panels actually uses, along with producing various toxic byproducts.
I agree in principle, but some technologies that are claimed as a solution are nothing but placebos.

Fosus 12-08-2010 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Human No More (Post 115194)
I agree in principle, but some technologies that are claimed as a solution are nothing but placebos.

Not solutions, I agree, but progress at least. :)

applejuice 12-08-2010 04:09 PM

Bell Labs have an interesting history, perhaps the most known invention that came out of there is the Transistor, which in turn, dates from a patent registered in 1925 by J.E. Lilienfeld...


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