In 1934, Bell Labs had invented magnetic recording tape. They then shelved it. Although not at the same time, they would go on to invent - and subsequently shelve or fail to bring to market or prevent from coming to market - digital subscriber lines, fax machines, fiber optics, and mobile phones.
(The first link is to an excerpt of Tim Wu’s The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, which is insanely fascinating)
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