It is an interesting list, but should include the V22 Tilt Rotor which still doesn't work as conceived...Its despatch reliability in Iraq was lamentable, so much so, that reliance on the Italian/British EH 101 was paramount. The EH101 with its advanced BERP rotor system still doesn't get the recognition that's meritted, probably because it made monkeys out of the German technology which adamantly claimed a maximum forward speed for conventional helicopters which the Brits promptly exceeded with a BERP fitted Lynx.
Hi, fdos, thanks for your comment. I'm not sure what you mean? I think that a lot of the dot.coms had good ideas but sometimes not good business plans, and so couldn't figure out how to stay profitable in the long term. That's why many of them went bust. Yes, some people made a lot of money, but they got their money out of companies before the game was over for them.
Yes, those are exactly the scenarios I'm thinking of with speech recognition, Chuck. This still happens far too often and this technology has been cooking for many years. You think we would've come much further by now. I'll take a look at your link, which is exactly proof of my point! :)
I agree with your inclusion of speech recognition in this list, Liz. United Airlines uses a lot of speech recognition and I often find myself yelling into the phone in an effort to be understood. I used speech recognition in my office for several years in the late 1990s, before I finally gave up. Here's a link to a piece I wrote about my speech recognition experiences in 2000.
Thanks, bobjengr, as I said in a previous comment, it was a lot of fun to take this trip down tech memory lane and compile this list. I tried to put things on it that most people would remember or relate to. Your comment about Siri is funny. I think that may be one reason voice recognition has taken so long to get going--dialects!
Thanks for your comment, bdcst. You have given a good case for what DAT perhaps shouldn't be on the list, and I welcome your expert opinion. Indeed, a lot of these technologies definitely had their value, I am not saying they didn't. I just think that they didn't exactly blow up in the big way they were meant to in the end. But perhaps I was wrong about some of them, like DAT.
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