18 Jun 2008

In 1908 now defunct Hampton's Magazine predicted the cellphone with some accuracy; 'When the expectations of wireless experts are realized everyone will have his own pocket telephone and may be called wherever he happens to be.' Good so far. Then not so good. 'The citizen of the wireless age will walk abroad with a receiving apparatus compactly arranged in his hat and tuned to that one of myriad vibrations by which he has chosen to be called"&brkbar;When that invention is perfected, we shall have a new series of daily miracles.' Temper this prognostication with the fact that wireless communication was only about a decade old one hundred years ago. Good job telecom, this is a rare instance where reality actually surpassed futurist guesses.

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