Saturday, January 7, 2012
A Screwdriver By Any Other Name
I used a screwdriver to take apart my parents television set as a kid.
Impressively, it kept working despite the fact that there were a few pieces left over.
Today, kids probably only use a screwdriver to install more memory into their computers.
Generations of knowledge lead to a deeper understanding of internal combustion engines, gears and levers, drivetrains and pulleys, vacuum tubes, transistors, ham radios, and electronic circuits... computers, disk drives, fiber optics, bandwidth, and music- and image-compression codes... force and energy, voltage and charge, bits and bytes.
Yet, it's the screwdriver that very may well be the last tool we have in common with tomorrow's youth.
A screwdriver by any other name is a sonic one. Who wouldn't want a tool that operates through the use of sound-waves, exerting physical force on objects remotely, unlocking almost any door and accessing every computer in the universe?
The closest thing out there might be a pair Sonotweezers.
I'll gladly take a pair in the meantime!