Google, you disappoint me. Your whimsical doodle today is in honor of the 164th birthday of one Thomas Alva Edison. Industrial Prometheus, titan of invention, bringer of lux et veritas et cetera. Too bad he was a total jackwagon.
Don’t let anyone fool you. For the love of money and power, Edison played a strong hand in the destruction of the most brilliant human being to ever walk the earth. Nikola Tesla‘s face should be on money. It should have been renamed the Tesla Prize. Think Leonardo Da Vinci with alternating current, electromagnetic breakthroughs, contributions to ballistics, robotics, nuclear physics. Think the wireless transmission of energy to electric devices by 1893. Think of where we’d be with that now. Think remote controlled submarines in 1898. Think of using the Earth itself as a conductor of free energy. Think of every cool steam-punk thing you ever saw or read. Imagine having landed on the moon in 1920 instead of 1969.
Thomas Edison. Happy Birthday, jerk.