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Hit the mute button: why everyone is trying to silence the outside world

Hit the mute button: why everyone is trying to silence the outside world

T he mute button was invented in 1956 by Robert Adler, an Austrian-born engineer working for the Zenith Radio Corporation in Chicago. It was one of the four buttons on his Space Command 400, the first commercially viable TV remote control. The other three buttons – on/off, channel up and channel down – might have seemed more vital, but Adler’s boss,