Gilding the technological lily
November 14, 2018
One afternoon, back in the 1990's, an old friend and I were philosophizing. The question came up as to what technological development of the 20th century had, or will have, the deepest effect on human society.
Of course: cars, airplanes, consumer electricity, and the atomic bomb were mentioned as possibilities, but we were both in easy agreement that the transistor is the thing that has caused...