Chuck, I was one of those people asking why I needed a computer to store recipes. Storing recipes was the killer app PC makers were marketing to consumers in the early 80s via TV and magazine ads, when there were about 20 different models with 20 different OS. They gave no other possible reason for owning one. Of course, the whole thing sounded absurd. That was a long time before Apple or Intel Inside and the rise of consumer-oriented marketing in Silly Valley.
Many people thought the personal computer was a gimmick, Rob. I remember people saying, "I don't need a computer to store recipes." For some reason, people talked a lot about recipe storage in those early years.
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Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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