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throwback technology predictions [Nov. 1st, 2012|03:05 pm]
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"Servo-mechanisms are the future."
- What my great-uncle said to my dad in the 60s or 70s.

My great-uncle told me this over the phone last week, and I didn't even know what servo-mechanisms were. (It's a mechanical device that has built-in error correction systems, using negative feedback.) In hindsight, he lamented that he didn't see the oncoming growth of software. I'm amazed and proud that my great-uncle, at age 92, still reflects on technology and innovation, and evaluates the accuracy of predictions he made 30+ years ago. Cool.
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[User Picture]From: onlywade
2012-11-15 06:40 am (UTC)
That is super fuckin' cool! I hope I'm as astute and interesting at that age.

I've always thought of a servo as an electro-mechanical device - something that, given a small amount of voltage, will make something move in a particular way (the most evident example in my mind being the steerers in a radio controlled car). In that sense, servos play a huge role in "the future," at least wherever robotics are concerned. I guess error correction is pure software, though, for the most part.
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