Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Better living through technology

Mobile phone network reaches last of China's ethnic minorities: "The connection of the network has created good conditions for the Drung community to grow prosperous along with the rest of the Chinese people."

Fortune favours the brave: "It may be a relatively new technology but local councils believe Wi-Fi has huge potential to improve the delivery of traditional services and regenerate deprived urban areas." (via)

Better living through wireless technologies? We'll see.

All novel technologies came with hype:

Telephone and Telegraph. 1946. "Telecommunications workers in the analog era."

Communications and Our Town. 1947. "A telephone technician explains to two young boys how different types of communication foster links and interdependence between people."

The Nation at Your Fingertips. 1951. "How direct long distance dialing made the U.S. a smaller place, and how instantaneous direct communication between Americans without operator assistance became possible."

Once Upon a Honeymoon. 1956. "Delightful musical made to promote color telephones as a decorator accessory in the home."

The Town and the Telephone. Late 1950s. "Employee orientation film for telephone company workers explaining structure and corporate values of the Bell System. With excellent footage of communications workers and everyday life."

Century 21 Calling. 1964. "Romp through the futuristic landscape of the Seattle World's Fair, centered in the Bell System pavilion."

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