If inventor Thomas Edison hopped in a way-forward time machine to see how his phonograph had been improved upon in the intervening 144 years, do you think he’d be surprised and delighted the turntable is still around?

Just as a pure thought experiment I am always fascinated by what people might have expected vs. what really happened. For example, given the nature of quantum physics where two objects light years apart can simultaneously connect, I would predict that within the next decade or two we will have discovered how to exceed the speed of light or, at a minimum, understand how to reverse mass/gravity restrictions.

But, back to Edison. My guess is he’d be a bit disappointed with the popularity of vinyl. He’d look at what has developed in digital technology and wonder why anyone would stick with his original invention.

But, that’s just a guess.

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