Dean Kamen denies everything!
January 13, 2001 9:47 PM   Subscribe

Dean Kamen denies everything!
DEKA is currently working on several exciting projects. The book proposal referred to one. However, the leaked proposal quoted several prominent technology leaders out of context, without their doubts, risks and maybes included. This, together with spirited speculation about the unknown, has lead to expectations that are beyond whimsical. We have a promising project, but nothing of the earth shattering nature that people are conjuring up.
posted by palegirl (12 comments total)
A breath of fresh air. He's cut through typical Steve Jobs hyperbole and introduced some rationality into the discussion. It's rare to find an honest man. (I guess I can put this lamp down now...)

Good for him.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:58 PM on January 13, 2001

Agreed, Steven.

Though one can't help but think perhaps he didn't want whatever project he is working on to get too hyped up, and disappoint. Which wouldn't be so much honest as covering one's back . . .
posted by christian at 10:23 PM on January 13, 2001

Huh, you know, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed, it's not like earth shaking inventions bigger than the pc and internet are announced. Hmm.. still, I'd be up for a jetpack or a unicycle.

Btw, so Steve Jobs and all those other people did indeed see 'IT' and said all those things? Hmm, makes sense if imac is the fastest gaming system EVER. Sure.
posted by tiaka at 10:57 PM on January 13, 2001

Talk about a fly-by-night website though - wow. To take a young zeitgeist like this and get a domain up and content aggregated so fast is really something. I'm not thrilled with the content, mind you - just the speed of getting it up and out from someone wholly unrelated to the issue.

It's a disposable website, which will be dated in weeks if not months. -- Makes me wonder about the other disposables out there, like movie sites with painful urls (""). How many of these ghost ships still sail around the web. But I digress (massively).
posted by kokogiak at 11:09 PM on January 13, 2001

Check out Ghost Sites.
posted by rcade at 6:56 AM on January 14, 2001

The hype on this astonished even me. I could understand Slashdot and Metafilter going a bit crazy, but there were discussion forums at and MSNBC, fercripesake. And the local FOX news affiliate has been promoing the 9pm newscast with "Mysterious inventor denies Ginger rumors". Really.
posted by dhartung at 5:59 PM on January 14, 2001

It made the front page of the Pioneer Press in the Twin Cities, which I thought was impressive. I'd like to announce my new intention, called "THE". I can't tell you what it is, but my neighbor, who is noted in the community, said that "THE will make toast better than anything els"...

posted by hijinx at 9:38 PM on January 14, 2001

"Intention" is, of course, my new word for "invention". I'm also announcing a new language, called "ENGLISH". And allegedly I could use a thing called a "SPELL CHECKER".
posted by hijinx at 9:39 PM on January 14, 2001

Seen in a /. sig: "Me spill chucker work grate! Need grandma chicken."
posted by Potsy at 1:05 AM on January 15, 2001

tiaka, you've made some of the funniest totally uninformed and clueless Mac bashing I've read lately. Thanks for the funny.
posted by Spirit_VW at 10:24 AM on January 15, 2001

I'm not mac bashing. I'm mac-marketing bashing. I love imacs, I have one.
posted by tiaka at 10:38 AM on January 15, 2001

I could use a thing called a "SPELL CHECKER".

That always sounded to me like something designed to prevent amateur witches from accidentally turning their neighbors into toads.

posted by Mars Saxman at 2:35 PM on January 15, 2001

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