Slow Change Technology

Maybe we need a term for slow change technology.

A chair or table is a good example. They’re not likely to change quickly for some time, other than variations on a theme.

One might say the same about pens and pencils, but I am tempted by Livescribe technology.

One could say the same about books, but I’m also interested in Kindle 2 and similar devices. (If for environmental reasons, if nothing else.)

Other technology has cultural roots that slow down evolution. On my walk in the Heath today, I passed a carnival setting up shop. I was amazed by how many of the rides are quick similar to those I rode back in a small town in Oregon as a child. I was also amazed by the life-style of the carnival crew, and their lives in caravans as the show was on the road:

life at a carnival

One other thing you can depend on at an English traveling carnival– remarkable copyright infringements, especially of Disney characters in somewhat warped forms. I didn’t see any up yet, but check out this Budweiser image. Why on earth is she riding a paintbrush, and I doubt this was a Bud-approved ad sign….


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