25 May 2010

Progress?

Michael at Knowledge Problem quotes:
“If Alexander Graham Bell returned to Earth today, the progress in telecommunications over the last 125 years would be mystifying,” said Robert Catell... “If Thomas Edison came back today, not only would he recognize our electricity system, he could probably fix it” when problems arise.
My comment:
I’m pretty sure the Romans could fix our water systems.
(And I bet they'd recognize our politics -- bread! circuses! -- and subsidies...)

3 comments:

Albert Motz said...

One thing for sure, if Mr. Edison saw today's electrical grids, he might just have to admit that Tesla and Westinghouse were right. I don't think he ever gave up campaigning for DC power.

Mister Kurtz said...

And speaking of the Romans:
"The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced , if the nation does not want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
Marcus Tulius Cicero 106BC-43-BC

Delbert Grady said...

Just my two cents:

@Albert - DC power transmission is very much alive. Some of the proposed lines will be DC.

@Mr. Kurtz - Another slant on the collapse of the Roman Empire is interpreted here: http://armstrongeconomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/armstrongeconomics-rome-unfunded-pensions-051811.pdf

@David - The Romans have made a considerable impact on water systems already http://www.romanconcrete.com/

Closing comment, Telecomm & Water:

Water monitoring using electronic means began in the 1930's. Major progress has been made in the last fifteen years. Data from the site now can be deposited in a Data Base (in some cases) almost immediately. The real progress has been made in smart sensing and data logging. The technology just gets better and better as does the data collection.

dg