Mining the Past for Futuristic Ideas

4 April 2015
A discussion on the technological challenges in developing a hot air balloon.

This paper reviews an article about overcoming technological difficulties in the field of hot-air ballooning. The solution hit upon by designers and had its roots in the world’s first air disaster, a good idea poorly executed. The implication for the future is that we should look backwards as well as forward when solving difficult problems.
People are flying around the world for the fun of it. They are described as sportsmen and adventurers, but at least in one way they have also been visionaries. Perhaps in other endeavors we should continue to look forward as well as back, and examine ideas that didn’t work and were perhaps discarded. There may be some excellent ideas that when reworked can move modern technology ahead. What we think of as a bad idea may have some useful ideas within it.

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