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On Tuesday, February 5, 2002, at 11:58 , Vincent Campbell wrote:
> A good example would be to
> look at the rhetoric about the global harmony that the telegraph would
We have such an experiment happening right now, right here. Dean
Kamen's Segway HT. The claims of the manufacturer are that it
will revolutionize urban design.
in a Boston Globe article, says things like this-
"Inside the headquarters of the company that makes the scooter
now known as Segway HT, people never succumbed to the criticism.
They remain convinced that experiencing the self-balancing
Segway is so unlike anything else that a test ride will convince
customers to buy one. Demand will be so great, they believe,
that, eventually, cities will have to be redesigned."
"With their world-changing aspirations, the makers of Segway are
pitching it as what business analysts call a ''disruptive
technology,'' an invention like the phone or car or personal
computer that changes the way people work and live. But
technology watchers say that such revolutions typically unfold
over a decade or more, are difficult to predict ahead of time,
and can easily fail - no matter how technically amazing an
innovation - when an invention finally faces the fickle,
sometimes maddening, demands of actual customers."
So, take a seat, and watch.
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