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Unformatted text preview: A. I would say Thomas Edison would qualify somewhere between an independent
inventor and an industrial research laboratory, because although his team did not have
all the resources or manpower as an industrial research lab, Edison and his team were
still able to get a lot more done than an independent inventor. When I think of an
independent inventor, I can imagine two people or three people working on a unified
idea with no help from others but themselves to create an original noteworthy invention.
Edison had a team that contributed ideas that Edison, himself would not come up on his
own. Edison would go after craftsmen and architects. Edison’s team would run errands
for him in order for Edison to have time to work on his projects.
The central similarities between Edison at Menlo Park and Bell labs is essentially the
team of workers and innovators. With a team, Edison can deploy his ideas to specific
teams for them to be able to work on his ideas, where Edison was able to use his
personal time to work on new ideas. Having a qualified team really benefited him,
turning his ideas into reality.
The difference between Edison at Menlo Park and Bells Labs is the amount of
manpower and resources. At Menlo Park, Edison had a max employee of about *200,
which is quite a handful of employees but that is completely nothing compared to the
thousands of employees at Bells Labs. Bell Labs also had a tendency of hiring
physicists, chemists, mathematicians, and engineers. These men had formal education
and were skilled in their profession of their choosing.
B. I would say I would want to be one of Edison muckers rather than an engineer at
Bells Labs. As a mucker I get to work with one of the best inventors in the world. With
having a small team of muckers, I will be able to trade ideas with Edison himself, have
more meaningful conversations with him and as a true engineer would be exhilarated to
work with one of the most respected in the field. When asked about which place I think
my efforts would lead to great social benefits I would say it would be at Bells Lab.
Working as a mucker your efforts would be more recognizable and be more satisfied.
However in Bells Labs, they could get inventions commercialized so much quicker than
a team of muckers could which ultimately leads to a greater social benefit. ...
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- Spring '16
- Dr. Peter Van Cleave