Rumor has it…
That a Patent Office official resigned and recommended that the Patent Office be closed because he thought that everything that could possibly be invented had already been invented is more myth than fact. Henry’s Ellsworth’s 1843 report to Congress states, “The advancement of the arts, from year to year, taxes our credulity and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end.” But Commissioner Ellsworth was simply using a bit of rhetorical flourish to emphasize the growing number of patents as presented in the rest of the report. He even outlined specific areas in which he expected patent activity to increase in the future.
Of course invention as we know it will continue and some are predicting astronomical improvements in technology, medical and otherwise, that is, if we don’t kill ourselves first with said technological advancement!
In our life time, such rapid advancements have taken place to now we are living in some regards like the Jetsons with video Skype phone calls that not only are clear but they free, as long as you have a computer and an Internet connection. The other day I saw on Skype, the clear blue eyes of a three month old baby girl born in England, cooing and smiling while being bounced by her American grandmother who had traveled to visit.This is advancement of the first order.
Compare today’s free Internet technologies to the 1980s while living in India, if I wanted to speak on the phone to a relative (most likely my dad) to get across some urgent news (I needed some money), then I needed to book the call at a public call office, wait several hours, then be called into a booth, have the operator click and whirl, be connected, hope that dad would accept the reverse charges and then hope to God that he could hear me over the antiquated trunk line running through Asia, over to London, across the Atlantic and somehow reach the phone hanging on the kitchen wall in my parents home. If they could hear every third word, we were doing well!
But anti-gravity belts and such flotation through space devices have yet to be invented. So we muscle along walking, running and jogging, climbing, falling and getting back up. Come on MIT, let’s get busy! In the day to day realm of practicing smart self care, we have many options and my job today is to convey the fifth supplement needed to maintain optimal health: Vitamin D. This is very inexpensive and as abundant as sunshine.
Most Americans are unfortunately lacking this important vitamin. Of course Vitamin D is free. We can manufacture it from exposure sunshine. But we are loathe to expose ourselves to the sun. We work indoors, we travel from house to car to office to store back to the inner sanctum of our homes. We also denigrate sunbathers and warn them stiffly about melanoma and with good reason. It’s a cancer that can prematurely end our lives.