Interesting thought, Ashish. By a backlash, are you meaning it will create wars between nations with different levels of technology, or will there be something that happens were-by technology becomes very harmful to humans?
Clairvoyant, you are right. Technology is developing day by day and we cannot compare or rate the technological rate, it’s all above the rating scales. When we are looking back to our old days, particularly 20-25 years back, where no mobile, email or very rare number of computers and PCs. Our way of thinking also developed so far at the rate of technology growth. That’s the one reason we are scripting through EBN online too.
Very interesting, Tvotapka. A guide to a garden tour pointed out that trees were used as lightning rods, particularly varieties like tulip trees, which grown taller than houses. The idea is that the tree planted near the house would attract the lightning to itself. In the garden, where they wish to preserve the trees, they actually place lightning rods on the trees themselves. They look like ropes that extent from the top of the tree to the ground, and usually there are scorch marks on the tree near the rope where lightning did strike. BTW there is also a tree named for Benjamin Franklin, though it is not tall enough to serve as a lightning rod.
How's this for a piece of electrical history. From NPR's day in history post:
On this day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin is believed to have performed his famous kite experiment and proved that lightning is electricity. He tied the kite to a silk string with an iron key on the end of the string. From the key, he ran a wire into a Leyden jar, a container that stored electrical charge. He then tied a silk ribbon to the key, which he held onto from inside a shed, to keep it dry. The electrical charge from the storm overhead passed through the key and into the Leyden jar.
Franklin, as it turns out, was lucky to have conducted this experiment safely. Several others who attempted it after him were electrocuted. He used the information he gained to design lightning rods, which conducted a storm's electrical charge safely into the ground. One of Franklin's lightning rods saved his own house years later, during a storm.
Although Franklin described his kite endeavor in a letter later that fall, the full account of the experiment wasn't written down until 15 years after the fact by a man who wasn't even present: Joseph Priestly. However, he wrote it after detailed correspondence with Franklin, so his account is generally believed to be reliable.
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