“History is written by the victors and the cat-bloggers.
What year penetration of a technology reached 50 percent penetration:
- Electricity: 1924
- Cars: 1925
- Radio: 1931
- Stove: 1937
- Refrigerator: 1942
- Telephone: 1946
- Washing machine: 1964
- Dryer: 1970
- Color TV: 1972
- Air conditioning: 1973
- Microwave: 1985
- VCR: 1987
- Dishwasher: 1996
- Computer: 1996
- Cell phone: 2000
- Internet: 2001
- Smartphones: 2012
According to this data, my family have technically been early adopters on all fronts except the microwave. If you knew my family, you’d be laughing too.
At this year’s PDF, Tumblr is providing conference scholarships to ten innovators at the intersection of tech and politics:
Lou Aronson, Votifi (follow Votifi on Tumblr!)
Alex Budak, Start Some Good (follow StartSomeGood on Tumblr!)
Nick Gaines, GovHub
Amisha Ghadiali, Think. Act. Vote.
Eyal Halamish, OurSay (follow OurSay on Tumblr!)
Marly Pierre-Louis, Brooklyn Movement Center
Paul Ten Haken, Click Rain Elect
You all inspire us, and we can’t wait to met you on Monday!
“Technology is stuff that doesn’t work yet.