Jul 09 2011

Technological regression


Does technology always get better?

The final launch of the space shuttle this week has promoted oobject.com to draw up a list of other examples of technological regression.

‘Snail Mail’ has certainly declined. When James Joyce wrote Ulysses he was able to send a physical letter suggesting a lunch meeting in the morning and was able to get a confirmation beforehand. Try that now with Australia Post.

How would you rank these other examples of ‘negative progress’.

No replacement for the Concord
The growth of anti-vaccination
The rise of MacMansions
The lack of deep sea exploration
Decreased effectiveness of anti-biotics
Nothing new in rockets

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