UK digital information outlet Unilad was mocked this week for spotlighting a brand new and “progressive” clear vitality know-how that turned out to be a barely extra superior model of the traditional water wheel.
The platform shared a video on Sunday praising the Nering Industries water wheel. The outlet known as the “crazy-looking” know-how a “clear, progressive solution to generate electrical energy from a river.”
Hundreds of social media customers, nonetheless, have been fast to level out that the water wheel – which was invented by the traditional Greeks – has existed for hundreds of years.
Water wheels have been used because the third century BC by the Greeks.Progressive lmao. https://t.co/iL5QKBJdho
— Mack Omee-chan🏴🏳️🌈 (@CountDankulaTV) August 8, 2021
oh ffs this know-how is actually hundreds of years outdated, congrats tech bros
— Cherie Priest (@cmpriest) August 9, 2021
Others jokingly questioned whether or not windmills or water pipes could be reinvented subsequent, with comic Abi Roberts tweeting, “Subsequent week: how you can rub sticks collectively to make fireplace.”
Expertise is superb. What is going to they consider subsequent. A hole cylindrical tube that water is ready to movement by means of simply into someone’s residence😂
— Danny (@Danny_Medicine) August 8, 2021
The machine demonstrated within the video is a Poncelet wheel and has existed because the 1800s, when it was invented by French engineer Jean-Victor Poncelet as an enchancment on the unique.
It isn’t the primary time an organization has been mocked for seemingly reinventing an outdated know-how. In March 2017, ride-hailing service Lyft introduced it will be launching a shuttle service for commuters that may run at mounted hours and at a set value. Social media customers quickly mocked the corporate for having “invented a bus.”
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