Seeking disruptive tech

Brent Hilpert hilpert at
Wed Dec 10 19:17:16 CST 2014

On 2014-Dec-10, at 4:00 PM, Kyle Owen wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM, Brent Hilpert <hilpert at> wrote:
>> All of which kind of emphasizes Roy's point of disruptive technologies. So
>> what are some candidates for the most-disruptive? One would be the
>> electronic calculator, which utterly devastated the mechanical calculator
>> business in just a few years.
> And as much as professors tried to keep calculators out of their
> classrooms, they eventually gave in. Although I'm sure HP's HP-35 error
> didn't help the student's case in 1972.
> I also liken this sort of discussion to my own experience, as a kid in 1972
>> I would go from fixing a tube radio on Tuesday, to experimenting with 7400
>> TTL and 7-segment LED displays on Wednesday.
> And now some of us are doing just the same.

Sure, me too, but at the time they were both (simultaneously) current technologies, one on the way out and one on the way in.

> Just picked up a 1960s TV-7D/U
> tube tester to check some of my tubes while I catalog them, but other days
> are spent tinkering with PDP-8/Es. Vacuum tubes are certainly coming back,
> especially in the audiophile and guitar realms.
> I think the biggest game changer will be when high-temperature
> superconductors meet with a small Josephson junction design that can yield
> quantum computers on people's desks. There likely won't be any single
> accomplishment there, but rather a series of them.
> Kyle

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