Electric Chair

electricity

Thomas Edison invented the electric chair so he could show the world how dangerous alternating current truly is. Edison wanted to build an infrastructure from the ground up across the U.S. using alternating current even though it could only travel 1.6 kilometers before degrading so greatly that it was essentially useless, due to the limited available technology during this period. Nikola Tesla believed that the world should be powered by direct current as direct current can carry electricity for hundreds of kilometers whilst only losing a fraction of it’s total power. During this period of competition between Edison and Tesla, most people thought that Edison was correct in his viewpoint and that the future electric age would utilize alternating current. Edison has been correct for the past 140 years, but Tesla may be the ultimate victor as battery technology and adoption has increased rapidly within the past few decades and many homes and vehicles are now switching to battery powered fuel cells which can be charged using a wide array of technologies (e.g. solar, wind, biofuel etc.)

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