Re: ply to Grant

From: Wade Smith (
Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 17:53:28 GMT

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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
    > produce

    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.

    Comment at,
    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.

    - Wade

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