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All Technology Self-Destructs

February 6, 2012

Obviously, bad technology self destructs because people stop using it.  But good technology self destructs just as surely, because any technology, properly applied, will eventually make itself obsolete.

Lemma: any time you see a piece of technology remaining unchanged for a long period of time, a good question to ask is “What are the socioeconomic conditions that are preventing this from becoming obsolete?

(Hint #1 – There always are – see above.)

(Hint #2 – Technology includes intangibles, like models, methods, systems, and institutions, as well as gadgets and materials.)


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