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Okay we all have different opinions but lets use this thread to discuss the topic at hand.

Technology is it advancing?

Are we making it less durable and efficient than it could be?

Do you think they are doing this just to make quick money?


I believe we are far under our potential for development, we could have far better technology if we were not competing for money. Many companies make horrible products knowing they could make them better, but they just don't want to spend extra.

Many other companies sell their product for 5x what it should be sold for to turn a profit.

To turn a big profit you only need to sell for 3x the price, then you can make 2 products in the place of the single one you just sold, and cover the price of production and worker wages. But instead things are sold for more than that.

Example on durability and efficiency:

When I was a kid, a video game system, like.. The Sega Genesis, could run every game with no "Lag" or "Glitches". It would also last for a long time if treated properly

Games these days have much of both, depending on the platform you run it on, some companies make products a little better than others. They also break down very easily...

This is my opinion, some of it is fact.

Please keep this thread peaceful

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I say technology is advancing, but some areas are advancing too fast. Like 4K TV's for example just aren't needed as shows, movies, is still all 1080p. So maybe in a few years 4K will just be standard. Will be interesting to see how that all turns out. I mean what comes after? 8K? Virtual Reality?

The bad I say is the whole phone area, I feel sorry for the idiots who spend upwards of £400+ just for a fucking phone. Then they go lose it because they have such edgy lives then buy the next one up which costs even more.

Also the only console that has trouble with lag is Xbox One because it sucks. PS4 however is pretty good, and for the price (you can get them for like £230) you can't complain, considering they play games at a mix of High/Medium settings. On the PC side of things, some games do get held back because of consoles (mainly xbone), but at the same time the hardware needed to run demanding games on multiple monitors or much higher resolutions, even with the best hardware available today in SLI / Crossfire, lagg can still happen even after spending all that money. Once VR and steam machines release though, hardware will get better and more affordable I think.

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The main thing we have been focusing on is computers. As computers are perfect for using information, we want to create computers that can hold more space, run faster, run more commands, etc.

Technology is definitely advancing. As you may know, Windows 10 is in development. We blew up a mountain to make room for a European Extremely Large Telescope. We're working as hard as possible on uncovering the secrets of genetics while maintaining ethics.

If we had the resources, we can definitely make things more durable and efficient. But that's exactly the problem--we don't have the resources to make the best out of our products. The tech we have uses as little material as possible, and is usually mass-produced to cut time. If we had the time, money, materials and workers, we could quite possibly have things we wouldn't have thought of to this day.

For the most part, most things are made to make money. The majority of GMOs are owned by Monsanto, diamonds are owned by the De Beers cartel, etc. Obviously, those groups try to make money at every opportunity possible. However, a lot of technology is indeed made to benefit humanity as a whole, not just for profits. To give an Information Age example, you can find many computer software and codes being open source or copyleft. Much media material such as photos are under a creative commons license--you just need to give credits to whoever owns it.

Of course, there are the people who just try to make a quick buck out of people. Back in the Gilded Age of the Industrial Age, companies had poorly made products sold widely, although some of it were very cheap. Today, there is a huge overpricing issue on many industries, such as hospital bills. For hospitals though, the costs goes mostly to covering the expenses of equipment, wages, etc. However, the government should really do something about that. Health care sure won't be cheap, but it doesn't mean you should push it on the people.

But I digress, so let me make a TLDR.

TLDR: Technology is serious dope, yo.
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Technology is it advancing?

Are we making it less durable and efficient than it could be?

Do you think they are doing this just to make quick money?


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Yeah it is always advancing, and quickly too, Moore's law. Well until transistors can't get smaller, lol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtI5wRyHpTg

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My guess is planned obsolescence would be the reason they would make it less durable or efficient than they could be. Also this is the real world, so nothing is perfect.

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I mean money is always a motivating factor in anything so, yeah probably.
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Technology is it advancing?

Are we making it less durable and efficient than it could be?

Do you think they are doing this just to make quick money?


1) Yes tech is advancing, however some areas advance in such a rapid way it's stupid.

2) Yes and no. Or rather is depends on what kind of tech. For instance a old CR TV could survive 20-30 years of active use. Now however phones break after like 2 years and TV's have a expected life span of 5 years.

3) Yes that's in fact what I think. If you look at the latest galaxy S and iPhone then what's the difference in them from last years models? Well, they've got faster clocked CPU's and maybe also a bit more RAM and a faster GPU. And I personally think things like this is purely idiotic for smartphones and here's why, smartphones as they are right now have nothing to cool themselves down whit. This means that you as a user will never be able to use all of your smartphones "power" since if it used it for a long period of time then your device would get fried
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Technology is it advancing?
Well, yes. At an alarming rate, actually. Modern tech is growing and advancing far faster than other types of technology in the past in human history.

Are we making it less durable and efficient than it could be?
In some cases, yes. Some gadgets, IMO, are totally unnecessary and a drain on natural resources. If only people would put in 10% of their effort to learn some very simple skills, certain things could be eliminated completely and we would have some effective items that don't lose versatility or durability due to overspecialization.

Do you think they are doing this just to make quick money?
Some companies are. The point of most businesses is to generate revenue. Powerful companies can hire people who can help them take advantage of the knowledge of what people want, even if the desired product is totally unnecessary and something exists that already does the same thing.
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Technology is it advancing?
Yes, there are set of instruction , that allow example a Xeon Processor do stuff that was in the past nearly impossible.

Are we making it less durable and efficient than it could be?
At the moment being no one wish the end of improvement even that people say its jus 2% faster here is why Moore Law
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z8I-KmaFUI

Do you think they are doing this just to make quick money?
The technological singularly we are seeing today as smart thing that are being obsolete every 2 years.
This thing age been rolling since the age of space to our days.
Posted 6/2/15 , edited 6/2/15
To be fair when it comes to lag and glitches, the complexity and amount of data required has increased exponentially.
It's true companies build products down to a price but that is influenced by consumer behavior. For example, it was controversial when the PS 3 was going to cost $500+ at launch, result PS4 is using a semi-custom X86-64 CPU from AMD.

Generally if want something well made you have to pay a premium for it.
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Technology is it advancing? Yes, it is. Far too quickly. They're inventing stupid things we don't even need now.

Are we making it less durable and efficient than it could be? Efficient, maybe. But definitely not less durable. Modern phones and tablets seem to wear out and slow down as soon as you buy them.

Do you think they are doing this just to make quick money? Of course they are. Most of these apps and new inventions are not even useful or practical. How many models of iphone are there now? And you're telling me each one is drastically different from the rest? It's ridiculous!
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Of course technology is advancing. But I agree completely, durability and efficiency should return to the forefront. A lack of durability means we continually purchase new crap to replace broken crap. This fills landfills and perpetually increases our trade deficit with China. Also makes some of us broke. And a lack of efficiency, I can't recall the exact numbers, but I read a study suggested that the switch to current gen consoles was set to increase electricity use by a fair bit. In my opinion one simple rule would help reverse this trend. No active cooling. Processors that run cool and use less electricity go hand in hand. And fans get clogged with dust and break and then everything dies.
And modern TVs suck. LCDs/LEDs can never match the speed/contrast of CRTs. OLEDs are overpriced and have the most serious lifespan issues of them all. Plasmas are actually pretty good, but the burn-in is annoying, and no one really makes them anymore. And almost every flat screen has those worthless rear-mounted speakers. CRT speakers may not have been great, but they were at least usable.
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technology gets better; humanity gets worse.
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Well to be fair consumer products arent really the at the frontier of technology.

They're just finding application for new technology. Most of the technological research is done by universities/government agencies because they have far more resources. A company's end goal is money so obviously they're not gonna invest money to discover new techniques, they're more about application, and making a process more efficient.

Technology is advancing. A few months ago, a very promising cure for HIV/AIDS has been discovered. People with HIV have almost the same life expectancy as someone who does not, whereas just 30 years ago it would have been a death sentence.

Tl;dr: Consumer products are not the best indicators of technology advancement.
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Posted 6/2/15

Arbitrator wrote:

technology gets better; humanity gets worse.


I disagree with that technology merely exposes more human stupidity than was possible centuries ago.
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