Laissez-Faire Extraordinaire

Drones, aircraft, military devices, toys, and video games are only a few of the things that remote control technology has positively affected.

Drones, aircraft, military devices, toys, and video games are only a few of the things that remote control technology has positively affected.

For over a hundred years, remote control technology has been developing and innovating at a remarkable rate.


The inspiration for remotely controlled devices has been around for a while: in 1898 Nikola Tesla demonstrated a radio-controlled boat, which he called a teleautomaton, during a show of electric technology at MadisonSquareGarden. Tesla’s patent (U.S. Patent 613,809) explains the equipment used.


Remote controls are taken for granted by most users in the United States. Readily available since the 1950s, remote controls became prevalent after Eugene Polley and the Zenith Radio Corporation sufficiently refined a wireless system.


The “Zenith Space Command”, one of the first wireless remotes, was mechanical and employed ultrasound. Each button on the remote produce an extremely high-pitched sound; dogs could hear it, but average humans could not. The technology was innovative, but did cause some problems: music and household noises could affect the television.


By the 1970s, technology had improved by leaps and bounds: infrared light could control remote controls, many companies found. Numbers from one to nine were added, making the device easier to use. Thousands of other improvements soon gave the world remote controls compatible with different appliances. Modern remote controls now include features that allow users to operate them by Bluetooth — overcoming the previously small ranges  afforded by controls using sound or light. Video game consoles and other devices detect motion and interact with the user through their movements.


Drones, airplanes, toys, phones, bombs (Jihadists have discovered remote controls), pumps, industrial mechanisms, garage doors, and gates benefit from remote control technology, albeit in an entirely different way.


Starting with pioneers such as Nikola Tesla and with no end of them in sight, remote control innovators have changed the world — and all because nobody wanted to change the television channel.

Because of a petty inconvenience, a new field of technology emerged. Big government expects citizens to suffer inconveniences every step of the way. Only a free market would attempt to fix what all other economic systems would not acknowledge as a problem in the first place.



Note: The authors realize that the American economic system has never been completely laissez-faire (no system in history has been quite that way), and for the past seventy years better fits the description of “interventionist.”








About Rachel Clark

Rachel hoards office supplies, has 12.5 hours of Bach on her iPod, and occasionally forgets her own name. Other than that she's a normal person who likes to write.
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