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6/28/2014
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7 Surprising Technologies From World War I

WWI marked the first time technology was widely used in war. Look back 100 years at early drones, wearables, and other technologies that had lasting influence.
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jastroff
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6/28/2014 | 11:57:31 AM
Technology Evolution
@curtis – As an historian I appreciate the timeline. As a technologist, I marvel at the timeline. Sort of reminds me why it's nearly impossible to predict the future very accurately.
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6/28/2014 | 1:22:06 PM
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The poison gas was among the most feared the weapons used in World War I. The soldiers feared the deadly agony and long-drawn suffering caused by poison gases.

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6/28/2014 | 2:50:12 PM
War! What is it Good For?
I'm reading an absolutely fascinating book of the same title by Ian Morris. His startling point is that, in the Very Long Run, war creates larger, more stable states (leviathans, from Hobbs). The result of the creation of these Leviathans is that, even when the leviathans go to war, fewer people die violent deaths than the situation of constant person-to-person or tribe vs. tribe violence that existed in the previous state. He backs it up with very sobering archeological evidence. And, it was only advances in technology that enabled the Leviathans to form in the first place.
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6/28/2014 | 7:30:04 PM
Animal Tech Goes to War
While emerging technology played an important role in WWI across the trenches, unfortunately, humans  still depended and integrated animals into their battlefield efforts. Horses were more reliable than engine-powered vehicles but did not stand up well to shells and bullets.

Besides supplying troops provisions for food for sustenance and bullets for destruction, one of the more critical elements in running a military campaign is communications. Yes, there were phones and radios employed at that time but lines can be cut and radio QOS could be dodgy. Sometimes, the miltary relied on pigeons - not to drop their bombs on troops but to carry communications across lines.

 
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6/29/2014 | 8:05:39 AM
Love it Curtis
Very apropos as I have been searching for an authentic trench watch recently - love the parallel with WW1 tech!
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6/29/2014 | 2:10:25 PM
Re: Animal Tech Goes to War
@Lufu they still relied on pigeons even in WW II. Miadenform even made a special outfit for the birds

 

 

 
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6/29/2014 | 2:42:08 PM
imagination = reality
It is terrific that technology has made our imagined creations a reality. What will the next 100 years hold!
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6/29/2014 | 2:58:17 PM
Re: Animal Tech Goes to War
@Ariealla - Perfect for any cross-dressing male pigeon.

No doubt they adapted one of their trademark slogans - "The Maidenform Pigeon is a cut above the ordinary."
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6/29/2014 | 6:40:10 PM
interesting stuff
This is all interesting stuff. I had no idea drones were looked at so long ago.
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6/29/2014 | 10:15:37 PM
Re: Animal Tech Goes to War
What was the success rate of those pigeons reaching their destination with their message? More than 50% or less?
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