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Old 12-16-2019, 09:04 PM
 
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At least his "modifications" seem more useful to me than the internet tweaks today. Like ever more apps.


The Real Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius
The inventor did not look for problems in need of solutions; he looked for solutions in need of modification

Edison patented a record-setting one thousand and ninety-three different inventions. On a single day in 1888, he wrote down a hundred and twelve ideas; averaged across his adult life, he patented something roughly every eleven days. Unlike his onetime employee and sometime rival Nikola Tesla, Edison insisted that answers came not from his mind but from his laboratory. “I never had an idea in my life,” he once said. “My so-called inventions already existed in the environment—I took them out. I’ve created nothing. Nobody does. There’s no such thing as an idea being brain-born; everything comes from the outside.
There was a time when a five-second kinetoscopic record of a man sneezing was just about the most astonishing thing anyone had ever seen; people watched it over and over again, like a nineteenth-century TikTok.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...edisons-genius
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Old 12-17-2019, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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In high school I had a friend obsessed with Tesla, and very anti-Edison. I think that Tesla may have been the better scientist. But I think Edison took things to fruition.
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