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If it’s not an iPad, is Vanity Fair?

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eembedded_janitor
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eembedded_janitor   12/8/2011 1:26:47 AM
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I am not so convinced that there is deliberately planned obsolescence to get us to buy more. What is more true is that as technology advances we can achieve more: faster mobile CPUs, more flash, crisper screens,... Once a line of products is off the cutting edge (eg. basic candy-bar phones) they don't really change any more and people will keep them for years.

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ibm221   12/5/2011 3:17:40 AM
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Uh,, forget to enlighten all of you. The change/progress of science front is .. slowing down during the last several decades. Phys/Math/ and... The number of theoretical physicists has shrank to minimal. The nano-front has been mostly hyped, not much meaningful application/breakthrough so far. You guys are just been cheated to think the change is getting faster. People in the 1930s are seeing nuclear energy, x-ray, radio etc popping out, far more exciting.

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WKetel   12/3/2011 3:03:59 AM
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The fact that so much of our current technology is intended to become obsolete, in order for us to purchase more, is a problem, both in the amount of waste it generates and in the resources that it consumes. But probably the worst part is that some become so very dependent on this junk to carry out their basic functions. Conversations reduced to stupid little tweets, and language corrupted by texting abbreviations, all bring to mind the concept of "goodthink" from the book "1984". IT seems that in manny instances the media has become a substitute for the message. Certainly change has been accelerated, but change is not the same as improvement.

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Duane Benson   12/2/2011 9:10:39 PM
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Technology always changes. To a great extent people change little or at least very slowly. It can take generations to fully remove old ignorances and prejudges. Technology seems to be changing at an ever increasing pace. The next few decades will be frightening and exciting at the same time. As our younger generations grow up completely dependent on this new technology, rather than fear or disdain it, we should think about how many of us thirty years ago could have thrived or even survived without the technology glass houses of the time. Even back then, we were dependent on automation for food production, transportation, clean water, sanitation and more. The support capacity of our land was a fraction of the population in nations with a decent standard of living. The most important thing during all of this change is to keep our sense of humanity. The rest is just a set of tools, whether it be computers or combines. With our humanity and ethics intact, change will still be difficult but will largely be absorbed into beneficial roles. Without our humanity and ethics, technology becomes our enemy.

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ibm221   12/2/2011 1:33:09 AM
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I dont see change accelerating. Maybe it appears to be, or you just take previous change for granted or consider them being there forever already. the current PAD mania or whatever is just squeezing what already exists inside a smaller box. For a 2 years old it's a fresh exciting new toy compared with old school toys. For me it's worthless, (yeah, I don't own or want a pad, i m cool with my desktop). I am more interested in the progress of entertainment industry. I am kind of missing those days when MJ, Prince or even nirvana was fresh hot. Nothing exciting nowadays.

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junko.yoshida   12/1/2011 3:03:38 PM
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Yes, "who knows" may be the right answer... But I'd thought of bringing this up, because some of the changes -- which may not matter that much after all as you point out, I agree -- used to happen in a span of 50 years. Now, it is happening in a span of 10 years.

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junko.yoshida   12/1/2011 3:00:52 PM
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Do I think the Japanese people people have special regard for the soul of technology? I don't know. Obviously, I can't speak on behalf of all Japanese people, and I've never said or believed that Japanese' special regard for the soul of technology is any different from others. I'd hate to break this to you, but many people in Japan are really not that different from the Westerners. Even after the great tsunami/earthquake, aside from many people realizing what matters most in life are beomg able to live close to their loved ones, I haven't heard that the pattern of their behaviors -- as far as what marketers are concerned -- has profoundly altered...

ibm221
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ibm221   12/1/2011 8:47:03 AM
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anyway, nice try by eet editors trying to write sth with depth. but boooo... failure again. better pick up your camera/notebook and do the dirty hard job. digitimes editors are far more dedicated than you guys now.

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Bert22306   12/1/2011 7:23:14 AM
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Oh, who knows, Junko. I always remind myself that there isn't anything really new under the sun. My bet is, when books first came to be, and people could sit for hours in solitude lost in those pages, that others bemoaned the decline of live entertainment? Or live story telling? When my siblings and I were growing up, our parents never had a TV in the house. By then, books were a good thing, TV was bad. I'll certainly agree that the law of unintended consequences always rears its ugly head, but maybe we're getting a little too anxious about these things, just as previous generations were about the innovations of their time. That would be my guess.

ibm221
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ibm221   12/1/2011 5:14:10 AM
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she is just trying to play smart, ie. predicting future trend of human behavior. lot's of thing changed, not many people knows how to grow wheat or corn nowadays. We sit in front of a PC monitor to make a living... so what? when you done with this everything back to normal as 1000 years before. some young kids might got submerged with internet/social network/games whatever for a while, but they ll back to normal soon or later realizing they need the real thing.

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