"The story they told was was about what happened when the automated system flying the plane suddenly shut off, and the pilots were left surprised, confused, and ultimately unable to fly their own plane."
In 1956, General Motors hosted a car expo called “Motorama.” As with all car expos, Motorama was a chance to show off concept cars and other kinds of long-shot projects that they hoped would revolutionize the auto industry. One of the most forward-looking things on display wasn’t a car, but a movie.
Automation is all around us: elevators, automatic doors at the supermarket, and auto-pilots on airplanes. For the most part, we never think about it. It makes our lives easier, cheaper, and safer. But with every new automation, there is this transitional moment. When something first goes automatic, it is disorienting. It freaks us out.
The article discusses the history of the Otis Elevator Company, focusing on the development of the elevator by inventor Elisha Graves Otis and expansion of the company by his sons Charles and Norton Otis. Other topics include biographical information on Elisha Otis, how the design of the elevator changed over time, and how the elevator impacted the design of buildings.