[FoRK] Take a step back...

Russell Turpin russell.turpin at gmail.com
Sun Sep 25 20:50:20 PDT 2011

For thirty years, someone with the dollars could book a supersonic
flight across the Atlantic.

That stopped, almost a decade ago.

Which would surprise most anyone in 1980, asked how commercial flight
would proceed. The alleged S-shaped curve for technology delivered to
the consumer proved, in this case, to be shaped more like a dromedary.

Maybe it was marketing overshoot. Maybe a bit of regression due to
exogenous constraints. And, yeah, shaving a couple of hours off
crossing the Atlantic matters far less than the other unpleasantness
now associated with flying.

But I'm curious what there are other salient examples there are of
"consumer technology regression."

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