Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Steam Locomotives and AK-47s as Appropriate Technology

Peter Hitchens notes that the former is immune to "the Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) from nuclear weapons" and hails the latter as "absolute proof of the contention that simple, crude, reliable devices are often more use than over-engineered, needlessly complex ones" — The Kalashnikov Paradox.

He also makes mention of "the old joke about the US space programme spending millions of dollars developing a ballpoint pen that would write in orbit, in weightless conditions - whereas the Soviet solution was to give their cosmonauts pencils."

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