Thomas Edison: parasite of technology (1882)

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Monday, 4 September 2017

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Thomas Edison is made out to be one of the best inventors of all time. He invented the light bulb and made world’s first video camera. At least, that’s what people think.


The Kinetoscope

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Let there be light
On this day in 1882 the first people used Edison’s light bulbs. Contrary to popular belief, Edison did not invent the light bulb. In fact, around the year 1820 light bulbs already existed. However, these bulbs had a lot of problems. The bulbs had a short life span and cost too much electricity. Edison took it upon himself to create a long lasting light bulb, in which he succeeded. He then proceeded to claim a patent on a creation that already existed. As a result, the patent was revoked in 1889.

The video camera
Edison also claimed to have created one of the first video cameras, known as the Kinetograph. This wasn’t the very first camera in the world, but it was very innovative. In reality, Edison tasked his employee W. Dickson to design and build it. In the end Edison wasn’t responsible for the device, Dickson was.

You could say Edison was merely a clever marketer. According to historians Edison was just a guy who developed a slightly better light bulb and was clever enough to get the product out on the streets.


Thomas Edison and George Eastman

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360 trivial fact
Edison taught his second wife Morse code. Later he proposed to her in Morse code and she said ‘yes’ in Mors.


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