quite a bit of it was anticipated by Westinghouse (the company) and their methods of remote control and remote telemetry for industrial and commercial purposes (using tone-activated mechanical relay and tuning fork systems over the early phone system!
Cool! I never heard of that before. Somewhere around 1956 I tried making a "tuned reed" with a headphone magnet and a small piece of ground-down razor blade. Sorta almost worked.
I often wonder just what ideas have been postulated today that have either not received any great exposure, or have been set aside for one reason or another - only to languish for years or decades until they'll get dusted off sometime in the future, only to find that the idea cures cancer or does something else "miraculous" that could have been done TODAY.
Sometimes I think that we passed the optimum human collaboration point a few years ago. We went from not knowing what much of the rest of the planet was thinking about to being totally overwhelmed with information today.
Amazing how much is information-handling now:
- My wife has a masters in Information Science and teaches high school kids how to do research that is way past a google search, into many databases and the 'invisible web'.
- One daughter is the editor of a worldwide Medical Review organization specializing in newborn humans and their possible problems.
- Another daughter is a Biochemistry Professor and researcher who depends on automated cell growers, DNA sequencers, and cells with genetic ID tags
- One son designs serial data links at IBM. They run at 10Ghz. Hundreds of them individually tune their receivers and transmitters in microseconds.
- One son designs data acquisition and logging systems that know which way the wind is blowing and how hard at thousands of points on the globe.
- One son decides how Information Technology will be used in some arcane Wall Street Thing.
This all made me realize how far this has come since I went to work at age 16 at a radio station transmitting one channel of audio to thousands of people using 100% vacuum tubes.
The Arduino has more capability but much the same hardware functions as the IBM 1800 (See WP)
which was the first computer I actually wrote code for that could measure a few voltages and turn I/O bits and relays on and off. That was 1974 I think. It was two-refrigerators huge:
And had one A-D. But you could add a relay multiplexor.
Best thing for me is that now I can develop code and build working hardware in the loft I am sitting in located in a log cabin In The Woods.
And talk with people like you. Wherever you are.