"People ask me all the time — 'Don't you feel guilty for it?' And I say that's ridiculous," he said. "It seems reasonable and rational to control the TV from where you normally sit and watch television."Rational indeed. You might even say it's awesome.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
An Economics Fermi-Style Problem
The guy who invented the remote control has died, leading me to wonder, between 1956 and now, can we roughly estimate the dollar-valued surplus created by that invention? Surely it's unspeakably large. Of course, the articles about are relentlessly if playfully critical: