Rants, Raves, and Rhetoric v4

Pneumatic tubes

According to Dan Pink, John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. predicted several things:

Among his calls: Americans will be taller. (True) There will be no C, X, or Q in the alphabet. (False) Photographs will be telegraphed from large distances. (True) Rats and mice will be gone. (False). Pneumatic tubes, instead of store wagons, will deliver packages and bundles. (False, but Amazon is working on it.)

The pneumatic tube one was interesting. Packages and bundles would have included memos, correspondence, and perhaps even books or games. The Internet was so “eloquently” described by Senator Ted Stevens, “The Internet is not something you just dump something on. It is not a truck. It is a series of tubes.” Most memos, and correspondence these days is carried over the Internet. Books are getting there. So maybe this should be a partial?

Am I too generous?





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