Thomas Edison is one of the most famous inventors in history.
He had over 1,000 patents and countless inventions.
Many of his inventions changed the world.
But how different would our world look if he never existed?
Would we still be living in the dark?
Would we be listening to the radio?
And without Edison’s own brand of industrial light and magic,
would we still have Star Wars?
This is what if
And here’s what would happen if Tomas Edison was never born.
Yeah, we know.
Thomas Edison wasn’t the sole inventor of the lightbulb.
Some people would say he stole it from other inventors like,
Nikola Tesla or Joseph Swan.
Many of Thomas Edison’s biggest breakthroughs
were creations that other inventors may have been striving towards around the same time.
Multiple Discovery is a hypothesis that most scientific discoveries and inventions
like a light bulb,
are made independently around the same time foe him by multiple scientists and inventors.
That is to say, if it weren’t for Edison
many of his inventions probably would have been invented anyway.
But what if they weren’t?
Remember when we said Edison owned over a thousand patents?
Yeah, this guy kept busy, inventing tons of different things.
Some incredibly useful and others… not so much.
Edison even invented a version of the telephone.
We’re most familiar with Edison as the inventor of the light bulbs we use today.
Now, what if we didn’t have those?
Well without them we’d probably be hundreds
if not thousands of years behind compared to where we are today.
They allowed us to see at night easily.
Compared to all the technology we have now this might not sound all that special
but it’s one of the most important inventions of all time.
Having a convenient light source changed peoples lives.
Gone were the days of not being able to go out at night.
This vastly changed every industry.
Restaurants, cafes and even offices.
With a convenient light source, people were able to work longer
which led to even more technological innovation.
It’s safe to say that without light bulbs,
we wouldn’t have our smart phones, 4K TVs, even our cars.
智能手机 4K高清电视 甚至汽车都将不复存在
The phonograph was another Edison invention.
It allowed people to record their voices and play them back for the first time.
Eventually, this was used to record and playback music.
Over time a smaller version was invented, and soldiers took the phonograph to war,
随后 袖珍留声机问世了 并被士兵们带到了战场上
almost like an old-school boombox.
Without this invention, we wouldn’t hear much music on the radio.
There would have been no record players, Walkmans or eventually iPods.
Would Michael Jackson, as we knew him, have even existed?
Thomas Edison invented the alkaline battery.
Throughout history, alkaline batteries have been in nearly every wireless device,
from flashlights to Xbox controllers to computer mice.
The world would look vastly different without these devices in our life.
Now, as we said, Edison is considered the father of a lot of these things, but,
taking Multiple Discovery into consideration,
it’s safe to say they would’ve been invented anyway,
and, the world would look pretty similar to how it does today.
But one thing that would look completely different without Edison is Hollywood.
Edison’s lab invented one of the very first movie cameras,
and in 1893, Edison invented the very first movie production studio known as the Black Maria.
Short films were made here featuring vaudeville performances,
magic tricks, and even the world’s first cat video.
内容涵盖杂耍 魔术 甚至世界上第一部猫片
With several patents involving filmmaking,
Edison would sue any other filmmaker he saw as a threat.
Other film studios created camera technology of their own
to avoid being sued.
So Edison decided to join forces with them and established the Motion Picture Patents Company.
Filmmakers had to pay the company to make films,
and even then, they were saddled with tons of restrictions.
So, sick of Edison’s rules, the artists packed up
and move to a little agricultural town known as Hollywood.
A perfect spot for rogue filmmakers.
The land was cheap, the weather was great, and most importantly,
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California lawyers didn’t take Edison’s patents as seriously as they did on the East Coast.
Hollywood was born. Feature films were made, then television shows.
What if Hollywood never existed?
No Citizen Kane? No Star Wars? No Avatar?
The television would still be invented, but would there have been any good shows to watch?
If it weren’t for Thomas Edison
would you even have been able to watch WHAT IF?