When Operator-less Elevators Faced Public Skepticism

Throughout history, removing humans from the driver’s seat has always been difficult

In 1852, Elisha Otis hoisted himself up in an elevator, then signaled for an assistant to slash through the cables.

The crowd screamed, but Otis only fell for a brief moment before the safety mechanisms kicked…



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Philip S. Naudus

High school teacher by day, koala by night. Founder of Koala Quest. My wife is a cartoonist with a Ph.D., and she co-authors all of these articles.