Diamond film from tequila – cheap manufacturing for alternatives to silicon wafers: as much as this story is very ammusing it makes me conscious of the odd origins of computing and electronics…
- The intial turing machines (the forefathers of modern computing) came from applications in measuring the trajectory of artillery
- Packet switching networks were developed by the military arm of the US government: DARPA
- GPS was another millitary technology a la the US, did you know there is a control code to switch the whole thing off in times of war?
- Did you know that James Clarke Maxwell developed the theory of Electromagnitism way before there were practical applications for it? – it fell to the Queen of England to suggest the need for a device so her voice could be heard across the country before his theories were actually applied to radio.
It’s a well-known fact that most electronics breakthroughs come from millitary applications, just take a look at some of the wierder darpa projects.
BTW, the picture above is from wikipedia