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The Lost Souls of Telecom History

by on February 9, 2010

This one goes out to all you history buffs out there. This article gives several examples of innovations that were worlds ahead of their time, and got shelved for various reasons. Here is an excerpt:

“Just about every innovator in history has been described as “ahead of their time.” But the trick is not to be too ahead of your time. You don’t want to invent the telegraph in 1816 when hardly anyone had access to electricity and railroads, telegraphy’s natural partners. You want to be Charles Wheatstone or Samuel Morse twenty years later, when both Britain and the United States were more technologically developed and it was clearer that semaphore telegraphy couldn’t keep pace with the economy.”

The Lost Souls of Telecommunication History


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