October 1st, 2003

breaking bad

rage against the machine

Bruce Sterling '10 technologies that deserve to die'. That is, we'd be better off if they just ceased to exist. Hmmm... I think on the basis that we could make something better to do the same job (or already have done) but it's just so easy to keep using the same old.

1 - Nuclear Weapons
2 - Coal based power
3 - Internal combusition engine
4 - Incandescent light bulbs
5 - Land mines
6 - Manned space flight
7 - Prisons (is this a technology?)
8 - Cosmetic implants
9 - Lie detectors (so-called)
10 - DVDs (wha'?)

DVDs have the downside of piracy and organized crime, without the upside of free, simple distribution. Someday they will stand starkly revealed for what they really are: collateral damage to consumers in the entertainment industry’s miserable, endless war of attrition with digital media.

via Cory Doctorow's boing boing