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David Wagner
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2/27/2015 | 11:16:33 PM
Re: No Fiber Optic Cables?
@brian.dean- Yes, or imagine if the video phone had been invented without the audio phone. Would we have invented the internet as fast. Faster? 

The radio and TV were invented surprisingly close to each other. What if one had come sooner or later? When we play video games like Civilization, we often think of inventions as necessities in certain orders. When, in fact, people were often toiling on them at the same time and they informed each other. It is sort of crazy to think about.
Brian.Dean
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2/25/2015 | 4:57:11 AM
Re: No Fiber Optic Cables?
@David, it definitely is an amazing realization to uncover an interconnected pattern and process that builds upon another process. For instance, electricity distribution to every home enabled the radio and television, enabling one-way communication to homes, which transformed into the telephone that created two-way communication. Next came, the internet, followed by cloud resources, etc.

I completely agree 100%, a single pain point could go either way and it is fun to ponder upon hypothetical situations. For instance, if the telephone was not invented then, in one parallel universe there might be some other invention that bridged the gap from electricity to the internet while, in another parallel universe, not inventing the telephone would have resulted in no internet and a grid-lock.
David Wagner
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2/24/2015 | 5:40:49 PM
Re: Star Wars, Dancing Otters, Tea Cups, And Robots That Feed You: A Weekend Video Roundup
@zerox203- Well said. I think you found the reasons for why my subconscious linked them all together in a single post. Thanks.
David Wagner
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2/24/2015 | 5:38:07 PM
Re: No Fiber Optic Cables?
@vnewman2- This explains my love of ketchup, I guess. I'll try it next time instead of a Red Bull.
David Wagner
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2/24/2015 | 5:35:35 PM
Re: Wearable Robots
@kelly22- I demand that you try a tomato. It might change your life. And for the dweeby record, a tomato is a fruit so you still haven't seen one. :)
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2/24/2015 | 5:33:59 PM
Re: Wearable Robots
@glenbren- Don't the British always make more interesting shows? I think the BBC is only one quaint and lovely step above cable access TV. :)

It also reminded me of one of my all time favorites (now easily found on YouTube), What's My Line.
David Wagner
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2/24/2015 | 5:32:05 PM
Re: No Fiber Optic Cables?
@brian.dean- Isn't it fun to see how things are interconnected? I can't say I buy 100% that the reason why glass is more of a European thing is the tea cup. But i do believe innovaiton is around pain points. And sometimes solving a pain point well means less innovaiton later.
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2/24/2015 | 4:37:39 AM
Re: Wearable Robots
"Tomatoes are messy! Is the robot going to wipe your chin too? Loved the video from Stephen Fry's Quite Interesting. Reminded me of the old Hollywood Squares. Have to see if I can find some to watch now."

Glenben, today's days imagination and science fiction movies are tomorrows reality!!.
Gigi3
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2/24/2015 | 4:35:17 AM
Re: Wearable Robots
"I would think that in Japan runners prefer to eat a tomato instead of an energy bar while they run. I think the robot carrying a human would be a bad idea.  If we do, there would be people with more chronic illness becuase of a sedentary life.  Robots in hospitals will be better, I do not want more nurses hurting their backs because of heavey lifting."

Pedro, I think by design it's meant only a portable robot. That doesn't mean that peoples has to carry it wherever they goes.
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2/23/2015 | 3:30:20 PM
Re: No Fiber Optic Cables?
@vnewman2 Ha! You learn something new every day, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if a pre-run tomato snack would make a noticeable difference.
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