reply to post by Night Star
In the eighties, it was unusual to own a mobile phone. The cost, and indeed the size of the handset, and the briefcase batteries they took, meant
that to own one at all was both an expense too great, and a burden to heavy to make it worth while for all but the most affluent, who could afford
both the financial outlay, and the expense of effort required to operate them. Many of these people were bankers, movie producers, tycoons and
similarly monied persons. Their phones could not send text messages, connect to the internet (which of course, was still in its infancy in those
days), or connect to other devices,in any but the most rudimentary of ways.
Now, mobile telecommunications technology has improved to the point where not only are the handsets tiny by comparison, encompass the battery within
their elegant forms, but they can connect to the internet, run programs, take pictures, create documents, store files of every kind, be used as a
torch, as a weighing scale, to record sound. Not only has mobile telecoms come so far in that space of time, that the capabilities of the items in
question increased beyond the wildest imaginings of their initial inventors, but they are available all over the world, even in the poorest places.
There are smartphones in Africa, and it is not just those that you or I would consider rich who have them.
The reason I mention the mobile telephone in this instance, is because it is an example of a technology which has been improved, and has yet become
cheaper in real terms, and more widespread, than its older counterpart. In fact, the same thing could be said of many gadgets, and bits of common
technology that we take for granted in these modern times. The computer you are using, whether on its way to obsolete status like the one I am using,
or of the latest, Windows 8 (God help you!
) variety, is only one further example of a type of technology which has had similar advancements, and
similar massive distribution.
The thing that links these technologies, is that the better the performance of the best example of a given year, of any type of technology, including
these limbs, the better the entry level tech of subsequent years will be. It does not apply TOTALLY across the board, but it is increasingly the case,
and it is my understanding that those who create these bionic limbs, and other technological augmentations, are pressing government bodies, and
healthcare providers, to improve access to this technology, and make it easier for persons who need them, to acquire them. If this research is not
done, if these awesome expensive limbs are never built, then the quality of future augmentations will never be improved, so all in all, its a good
effort I think!
edit on 31-3-2014 by TrueBrit because: Spelling and grammar