"Every great movement must experience three stages:
Ridicule, discussion, adoption
John Stuart Mill
Ideas are the fuel of innovation. Throughout history, many of the great ideas that changed the world were initially dismissed, missunderstood, and outright rejected. Here is an account of some of those within the field of communications. If you know of others, please send me email.
a) A few wretched wires
b) The telephone patent controversy
c) This 'telephone' device is of no value
d) Girl-less wait-less telephone switching
e) Radio waves have no practical application
f) Tesla v. Marconi: clash of titans
g) Who cares about broadcasting?
h) Armstrong jazzes the world in FM
i) Frequency hopping: made in Hollywood
j) The picturephone fiasco
k) The cellular concept: 30 years early
l) Cellular telephony: just a niche market
m) The accidental success of SMS
p) Coding is dead
q) Turbo codes: the French revolution
s) Gauss and the Fast Fourier Transform
t) ISDN: innovation subscribers didn't need
u) The origins of carrier multiplexing
a) Music goes portable
b) There is market for maybe 5 computers
c) Who wants to copy a document on paper?
d) Heating food with radar technology
e) Flying machines are impossible
f) Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
g) The painful birth of a pain reliever
h) Compilers and bugs
"The reasonable man adapts to the world around him.
The unreasonable man tries to change the world.
Therefore, all progress is the result of unreasonable men"
George Bernard Shaw