Link: Forget the cutting edge embrace the old tech future

Link: Forget the cutting edge embrace the old tech future

Postby steve » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:08 pm

Forget the cutting edge embrace the old tech future

https://www.engineeringforchange.org/142/

Our society is pathologically enthralled with “the new.” As scientists and engineers in global development, we’re inculcated starting from very early in our training to seek “the cutting edge” of technological innovation. But if we want the best chance of making a positive difference on the future, that’s the opposite of what we should do.

The reason is that technology ages in reverse. Or put another way, the longer a given technology has been around, the more likely it is to persist into the future.
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