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the action or process of innovating.
synonyms: change, alteration, revolution, upheaval, transformation, metamorphosis, breakthrough; More
a new method, idea, product, etc.
I saw an article in the newspaper the other day about three-dimensional (3D) printers. The price has dropped to around $400 on some models, affordable to the individual and they are sold as a toy for children. Imagine! I have a difficult time conceptualizing a machine that can print three-dimensional objects, much less think of it as a toy for children.
We are told that the age of robotics is about to burst forth on us and that the change it will bring, will impact us to the same or greater degree than that brought by the computer. When I think if a robot, I think of a machine that sort of looks like a human and does tasks like a human would do them. Or, I think of assembly lines building industrial products such as cars. I don’t think of services. But from what I have read, we have now robots that aid impaired people into and out of bed. Robots are predicted to replace mid-level management staff. I used to work in a bank. I can see how that could happen.
Robots are going to bring change to the very fabric of our lives.
So what got me on this topic? Mixmasters. Mixmasters got me thinking about technological innovation.
Jeanette and I were futzing around in the kitchen and she asked me to get the Mixmaster for her. So I got out the Kitchen Aide electric kitchen mixer. Hmm! Did she ask of the electric kitchen mixer? Would I have thought that is what it is really if I had not looked it up on google? No! That appliance has always been called a mixmaster, as long as I remember.
And, do you know why? Technological innovation. Sunbeam invented the mixer in 1928 and introduced it to the public in 1930. They called it the Mixmaster. It was revolutionary, a huge advance for the kitchen. Every woman who could afford one and who cooked wanted a Mixmaster. So today ninety years later, we still call the appliance a mix master. Sunbeam still makes them.
What do you ask for if you have a runny nose?
“Please, may I have a facial tissue?”
I think not. I bet you ask,
“May I have a Kleenex, please?”
Technological innovation! Introduced in 1924 by the International Cellucotton Products Company. It was the first facial tissue marketed in the United States. The International Cellucotton Products Company has gone by the wayside but the product still exists and today most of us use the word “kleenex” when we want facial tissue.
When we want to make a copy of a printed page or a photo, we often say “I’ll just make a Xerox” or, “I’ll Xerox this”. Technological innovation again. When I was a kid teachers made Memeographs and that became synonymous with “copy” only to be later replaced by “Xerox”.
These are examples of innovations which became lasting shorthand terms in our language. There are other words which have carried through our language even when they were not a specific singular innovation. For years we would call the refrigerator in our kitchen an “ice-box”. I never lived in a house that had an Ice-box, but the “frig” was called an ice-box. Jeanette still uses “tin foil”.
So I ponder our age of rapid technological innovation. I wonder what terms for innovations will become lasting shorthand terms in our language. And, as I write this, I wonder how long the word “shorthand” will stay with us.
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