Keep in mind our 'use' of electricity has changed a lot too. In Edison and Tesla's day there were basically two applications light, and running motors.
For practical applications lighting (incandescent) AC/DC are more or less equally efficient. Running a motor though AC is a clear win. If you are not highly sensitive to the rate of revolution because its part of a machine tools and you can gear it however you want, or its running a compressor and the cycle on time is flexible etc, than AC means you can build a simple motor with few parts and more importantly fewer wearing parts, no brushes.
As far as early 20th century commercial and home electrical needs DC would have been aggressively stupid.
AC did other good things too, it provided a time signal that everyone could cheaply use, so clocks no longer had to run independently at least solved drift. Was useful for governing analog recording a playback devices as well.
Then came the post war burst of electronics! Now the vast majority of stuff needs DC and with the exception of the vacuum cleaner all the stuff that could benefits from AC, furnace fans, heat pump compressors, refrigerator compressor, are fixed position and frequently on their own circuits. I can see AC to the doorstep a big efficient whole house power supply that has 12vdc and 48vdc rails that are distributed thorough the house and battery backed, and few 220v "appliance circuits" off the AC.