Arthur CarterCapstone Assignment #3Given the amount of help he received from his team of muckers and the creation of a workspace at Menlo Park, should Thomas Edison qualify as an independent inventor, an early example of an industrial research laboratory, or something else? What do you think are the central similarities and differences between Edison at Menlo Park and Bell Labs? I think Thomas Edison would qualify for something that is in between an independent inventor and an industrial research laboratory, because although Edison and his team did not have all the resource andmanpower as an industrial research lab, Edison and his team were definitely able to get a lot more done than an independent inventor. When I think of an independent inventor, I picture one person, maybe two, that work on a unified idea with the help of no others but themselves to create an original invention. However, Edison had a team that can contribute ideas and thoughts that Edison could not have come up with on his own. Also, his team can run many errands or tests for Edison that frees up Edison’s time to work on other things.The central similarities between Edison at Menlo Park and Bell Labs is essentially the team of workers and innovators. With such a team, Edison can deploy his ideas to specific teams for them to work on, which gives Edison more personal time to possibly create new ideas and/or inventions. Having the resource of a qualified work team really speeds up the transition of making an idea into reality.The differences between Edison at Menlo Park and Bell Labs are the amount of man power and resources. At Menlo Park, Edison had a max employee of about 220, which is quite a substantial number of employees but is nothing compared the to the thousands at Bell Labs. Also, Bell Labs has
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