This was written during 1877 about his phonograph. The same might be said about social apps and smart phones today.
“He has been addicted
to electricity for many years,” the phonograph, with its ability
to record speech, “will eventually destroy all confidence
between man and man.”
Another paper of the
time outlined ways phonographic technology might go wrong:
greedy thieves might trick elderly millionaires into vocally
amending their wills; sketchy neighbors might use opera
recordings to lure women out of their homes; and wives might
frighten their husbands out of sleep by playing a tape that
yells “POLICE! FIRE!” over and over again. Editorial
fear-mongering has not changed much during the past 140
Jul 2, 2010
During the years of 1870 to 1890, we had the invention of electric light, alternating current, the telephone, automobile, steam turbine, gas turbine, water heater, transformer, arc welding, phonograph, seismograph, development of vaccination and surgical techniques; Boltzmann’s development of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; production of radio waves; the birth of the environmental conservation movement; and artworks by Rodin, Monet, Brahms, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Eliot, Chekhov and Twain. All of this came a hundred years after the beginning of the industrial revolution.