[LMB] OT: technological novels & subversion
proto at panix.com
Wed Jun 13 00:38:24 BST 2018
> On Feb 25, 2018, at 11:08 PM, Jelbelser <jelbelser at comcast.net> 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.
> Janet in TN
They could have used wheelbarrows.
But there was for many years a fee for entry to Haleakala State Park on Maui. But it wasn’t collected
because there was no budget for a toll taker.
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