Our team here writes a lot about cutting edge technologies, both software and hardware: Drones, self-driving cars, and a lot of machine learning talk.
So how about a quick lunchtime read to appreciate the wonderful journey of possibly the most overlooked piece of 'tech', one that has been refined and optimised to the point that we forget that it is tech at all. It is the tool of choice for many of the world's greatest creators, inventors and founders. Many of the things that we write about and invest in started with just a few scribbles from the now ubiquitous...modern pencil.
The pencil's journey into your hand has been a 500-year process of discovery and invention. It began in the countryside of northern England, but a one-eyed balloonist from Napoleon Bonaparte's army, one of America's most famous philosophers, and some of the world's most successful scientists and industrialists all have had a hand in the creation and refinement of this humble writing implement. Sharpen your trusty no. 2 and get ready to take some notes. This is the story of the pencil.