Originally Posted by bdkennedy1
Whenever a visionary dies, technology gets stuck. Henry Ford died - we are still driving essentially the same cars made 110 years ago. Thomas Edison died - we are still stringing electrical lines across poles 130 years later. Alexander Graham Bell died and we are still holding phones up to our ears 100 years later.
Each of those men revolutionized existing technology. No one has made it revolutionary since. Unless someone revolutionizes holograms, I don't think we will be seeing anything but thinner iPad's for the next 100 years.
Even aside from your factual errors (Ford did not revolutionize cars, just the car manufacturing process. We are not stringing electrical wires in most neighborhoods, anymore. And phones have had speakerphone capability for decades), you are incorrect in your general thoughts as well. Technology has seen incredible improvements in the last 100 years or so:
Penicillin (followed by many other antibiotics)
Personal media delivery devices
Treatments (even cures) for some types of cancer
High energy physics
Globalization of world markets
And a million other things.
Every one of those things would be as revolutionary and incomprehensible to someone only a generation before as the telephone, automobile, and electrification of homes were in their own time.