Nobel Prize - Blinkar Blå

Curiosity about the Nobel Prize in Physics that went to three Japanese researchers who developed the blue light emitting diodes (LED) that has ushered in a revolution in electricity savings:

Back in 1981, a Swedish band, Adolphson & Falk, had a hit with a tune called Blinkar Blå, recorded with Greg Fitzpatrick from the US who was selling novel Japanese synthesizers by Casio and Yamaha in Stockholm. The lyrics paint a lonely picture of a man sitting by his controls, maybe in a space ship, or at night inside a nuclear power plant, and as long as the controls are "flashing blue" all is OK. He trusts his computers, but...

Back then, of course, there were no such blue LED lights, so the lyrics had a certain sense of futurism...And uncertainty.

Wikipedia has more about the song: Blinkar blå (Flashing blue)

På panelen ser jag lamporna som lyser.
Processens steg står under min kontroll.
Jag håller ögonen på datorns analyser.
Här har ovissheten spelat ut sin roll.

Kontrollen blinkar blå,
en signal för det säkra.
Kontrollen blinkar blå,
då är allt som det ska.
Om skärmen är normal
finns inga skäl att tveka.
När kontrollen blinkar blå,
då är allt som det ska.

Men i nattens tysta timmar har jag undrat
vad som händer där tekniken inte ser,
vad som döljer sig i tujaträdens skugga.
Och jag känner oron växa mer och mer.

Men kontrollen blinkar blå ...

Men det finns frågor datorn inte kan besvara,
signaler som jag inte kan förstå.
Det finns så mycket som vi inte kan förklara.
Det finns krafter som vi aldrig kan rå på.

Men kontrollen blinkar blå ...


Unknown said…
Excellent, a good excuse to brush up on my Swedish ;o)

There must be others but initially, re things being 'prophetic' I'm thinking of Da Vinci drawing prototype helicopters in the 15th-16th century. I guess there is also that phrase 'many a true word said in jest', where something totally fanciful proves to be eventually true.Just had a look and apparently the phrase (or intent) was first used by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1390 but is usually attributed to Shakespeare - 'Jesters do oft prove prophets'. Talking of innovators (the film about Alan Turing is out here next month) I recently discovered that this chap WAS indeed the father of computers as we know them, ie the Difference engine:
Pandabonium said…
Ever since Obomber was given a Peace Prize before actually doing anything at all to promote peace in the world, I completely lost interest in these awards. Seems I was correct to do so as he proceeded to continue and expand the death and destruction of his predecessor. And even the awards in the sciences tend to be those with economic benefits for the elites as opposed to improving the lives of the masses.

But then, why should I expect better from the legacy of people who profited from explosives and oil?

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