[LMB] OT: technological novels & subversion

M R Dolbear fm little.egret at dolbear.fastmail.fm
Mon Feb 26 18:36:59 GMT 2018



On Mon, 26 Feb 2018, at 04:08, Jelbelser wrote:
> > This article is an interesting take on alternate technology in history:
> > 
> > https://medium.com/the-polymath-project/gene-wolfe-a-science-fiction-legend-on-the-future-altering-technologies-we-forgot-to-invent-a3103572a352 <https://medium.com/the-polymath-project/gene-wolfe-a-science-fiction-legend-on-the-future-altering-technologies-we-forgot-to-invent-a3103572a352
> 
> A very interesting article, but too much of a focus on objects and not 
> the physical and social environment they occupy. For example, the lack 
> of wheeled vehicles in pre-Columbian America. There was no point in 
> wheeled carts or wagons when there were no domesticate-able animals to 
> pull them. And suitcases? They didn't need wheels when there were 
> porters, bellboys, and servants to carry them.
> 
> But it is true that the good enough often blocks thinking about the even better.

=== no point in wheeled carts or wagons?

Not so, I think. 

The wheelbarrow (and the improved Chinese wheelbarrow) were productive however many labourers you had.

Did the South Americans use rollers?

Check the tools the Romans, Chinese and Indians used.



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