Wednesday January 29, 2020

Time and technology waits for no man

Marconi’s groundbreaking transmission station in Connemara lasted just 15 years before being supplanted by transatlantic cables, satellites and fibre-optics

15th December, 2019
Guglielmo Marconi’s Clifden station. Within 15 years, its groundbreaking technology had been overtaken. Picture: Getty

Change is the only constant. That’s what we are told today. This age of technology never rests. There is always evolution and, regularly, revolution. You cannot take for granted anything around you; it might not be there tomorrow. Cars are going electric, taxis are hailed through the phone, food is whatever you want delivered to your door. Our parents, never mind our grandparents, wouldn’t recognise the world we live in.


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