Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Postby exploited » Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:41 pm

Not only is this peasant given a cellphone, they are given all the requisite knowledge to use it. They also have the same understanding of how it works as the average modern person.

Do they benefit from it?
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Re: Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Postby The Comrade » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:02 pm

do they have the internet with it?
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Re: Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Postby Southern Dad » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:03 pm

exploited wrote:Not only is this peasant given a cellphone, they are given all the requisite knowledge to use it. They also have the same understanding of how it works as the average modern person.

Do they benefit from it?


Nope, it's going to be worthless. First, they won't be able to charge it because there isn't going to be any outlets. They won't be able to call anyone because no one else will have one. Lastly, how would they get a bill?
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Re: Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Postby exploited » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:05 pm

The Comrade wrote:do they have the internet with it?


Nope. Who would provide it?

All they'd have is the phone, with standard smartphone apps.

For the sake of the analogy, let's pretend it has infinite battery life.
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Re: Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Postby Southern Dad » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:18 pm

exploited wrote:
The Comrade wrote:do they have the internet with it?


Nope. Who would provide it?

All they'd have is the phone, with standard smartphone apps.

For the sake of the analogy, let's pretend it has infinite battery life.


It will still do them no good. They will have no one to call with it until 1876.
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Re: Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Postby foadi » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:31 pm

plenty of apps would be extremely useful.
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Re: Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Postby The Comrade » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:33 pm

exploited wrote:
The Comrade wrote:do they have the internet with it?


Nope. Who would provide it?

All they'd have is the phone, with standard smartphone apps.

For the sake of the analogy, let's pretend it has infinite battery life.


trivial uses, like a flashlight and a calculator would be nice. otherwise, i don't see how it'd be useful.
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Re: Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Postby John Galt » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:58 pm

The Comrade wrote:
exploited wrote:
The Comrade wrote:do they have the internet with it?


Nope. Who would provide it?

All they'd have is the phone, with standard smartphone apps.

For the sake of the analogy, let's pretend it has infinite battery life.


trivial uses, like a flashlight and a calculator would be nice. otherwise, i don't see how it'd be useful.


uh, skifree??
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Re: Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Postby foadi » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:36 pm

What if a useful shit was left on the phone, like world history in the 1600's, maps on where to find teh gold, blueprints to build a better gun or the combustion engine
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Re: Would a person alive in 1600 benefit from a cellphone?

Postby exploited » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:28 pm

You'd have all sorts of useful stuff. Cameras, docs, calculators, flashlight, dictionary (you could glean more knowledge from that). But would that person be able to reverse engineer it? Could they derive new tech from the phone?
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