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What technology would be better used for something other than its original purpose? Answered

What technology would be better used for something other than its original purpose?

This is the fourth of five questions from the FM:Tech Battle Royale moderated by Ask a Ninja. Help me answer. Disclosure: The FM site is sponsored by Toshiba who is also an advertiser on Instructables.


This question is now live. Here's what I wrote: Two-thirds of the calories humans consume come from just four types of plants (corn, soybean, wheat, and rice), and at least a quarter of all food products contain corn-derived ingredients. Given that humans evolved to eat some 80,000 species, with 3,000 of these eaten regularly, it seems that our current eating habits are at odds with our genetics. So, I think the current technology used to grow corn and soybeans and turn them into a multitude of processed products would be better used to grow a diverse set of food species and distribute them largely unadulterated.


10 years ago

Well, there's the Internet. Originally envisioned as a mechanism for ensuring survivable government/military communications in the event of large scale war, it does really good as a source of downloadable porn.

. For me, the most obvious is atomic energy. Wasn't its' only original purpose to melt parts of Japan?

You're confusing the atomic bomb with atomic energy. They are different technologies.

. Energy is energy, but I see your point.


10 years ago

I'd say duct tape, its orignal purpose i'm guessing was for ducts now I use it for everything and have a roll in my backpack i take to school.

I use this enamel-coted wire for everything
Its about 0.7mm thick, if I had to guess.
Its thick enough not to break easily, but its thin enough to break using any ole' tool and some force.

Its electrical-wise, its great for just wire and winding coils. But I've used it in many other ways before...
Tying things together
Any string application
...floss :P

Some things that are used for a better purpose than their original one:

The altoids tin =]


I bet altoids has made millions selling altoids, even though everyone hates them! For example, the gum, its disgusting, but its a nice tin.

Hence the reason why I started the Altoids Abusers Group. A large portion of the DIY projects I make are used with the Altoids Tin!

Martha made a mint remarketing sureform blades as cheese and nutmeg graters

I find that most technology of sizable mass and rigidity to will work great as a dead blow hammer. Cat5, telephone wire etc. - when taken apart - has some great bits of wire for use in other misc. projects. Scanners are excellent sources of low power use CCFL bulbs, stepper motors and surprisingly nice nickel plated cylindrical shafts. I've got a project coming down the pipe that is 90% recycled scanner parts + hot glue (image). Wall worts make great project power supplies. Really, almost all of our consumer products would be better served in a second life as something else. As for what, that really depends on the product and current situation of the new user.


10 years ago

GPS: it was created for the purpose of guiding missiles down chimneys and blowing up occupied toilets and flying UAV's. *cough*911*cough*

The roomba. It can do so much more than just vacuum.