Some Things Are Meant to Change…

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:17 Written by Albert Greenhut Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:23

The Atlantic Magazine just posted a page of pictures of World War 1 Technology, find it here. Many of these pictures show old designs that paved the way for the future. For example, the first picture, the acoustic locator, was a predecessor to sonar. The thought of wheeling around a contraption made up of large funnels to listen for faint signs of aircraft noise now seems ridiculous. Many of the other ones I found interesting were about communication, there was a picture of a heliograph (a Morse code communication device), a field telephone that needed to have a large spool of wire uncoiled behind it, and the telegraph room with an incomprehensible series of wires. Many of these are seemingly comically outdated, but it only appears that way with years of hindsight and countless technological advances under humanity’s collective belt. Nearly every picture shows a technology that we have improved upon.

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