Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Fable: The Man Who Did The World Some Good
There was once a Marquis who won the Nobel Prize. Helped by his butler he built, at the age of 20, a device which could ring a bell by pushing a button on the other side of a room without connecting wires.
When he showed the experiment to his father, his father was so impressed that he handed over his wallet to his son and told him to take all the money in it to buy materials for new experiments.
Later, wanting more funding, he wrote to the Ministry of Post and Telegraphs but never got a reply. The Minister had written “to the Longara” on the letter – the name of the lunatic asylum.
He founded a great and enduring company and his technology was credited with saving the survivors of the Titanic.
“Have I done the world good, or have I added a menace?” he asked towards the end of his life.
Moral: Technology is amoral