Monday, January 10, 2005

Andy Rooney proclaims "age of invention is over"

On "60 Minutes" on Sunday, January 9, 2005, Andy Rooney stated that the age of invention is over.

The U.S. Patent Office granted 200,000 patents last year, and most of those were not inventions. They were either gadgets or modifications of something that was invented 50 or 100 years ago.

The age of invention is over, I’m afraid.

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876 and that changed everyone's life. People could exchange information instantly, even when they were a long way from each other.

The cell phone is not an invention. It’s an improvement on Bell's invention, and nothing in my lifetime has changed the way we live in an unimportant way more than the cell phone has. There are now more cell phones in use in the United States than there are regular, wired telephones.



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