Originally posted by dAlen
First and foremost is the most obvious...planned obsolescencs.
The demo at some university (it was posted here at ATS I believe) had some really cool Minority report computer.
You could resize photos with your fingers, etc.
This stuff exist and this is at a basic level (though the average joe doesnt care to research into it, and accepts the timeing of Dell and apples
release of products.)...
You have such good points here, I just had to answer to them: planned obsolescence is an excellent starting place.
You KNOW manufacturers don't use the finest materials which would ensure long lasting machines. Part of that is to keep costs where people will buy
their products, of course, but the other part is repeat business. That isn't technically (pun intended) a technology conspiracy, but the techies
COULD produce machines that are far better than what we have now, even down to small kitchen equipment.
Of course, research has to be paid for, but there is a conspiracy, mostly silent, anyway, to 1) to keep us buying and 2) buying what is offered so
that the manufacturers don't have to go to the expense of upgrading their equipment, until they are ready to bring out something 'new'. As you
pointed out, "planned obsolescence" and "accepting (the manufacturers) timing".
There has to be maintained a delicate balance for business reasons solely between what is available to the rest of us and when. I don't think there
is an elite group who run this conspiracy but that everyone involved with running businesses is part of it.
Which means it is worldwide, varying little from country to country and always over ridden by the quest for the dollar/yen/peso, what have you.
Yet, is there really a technology
conspiracy to prohibit certain items from being developed or released in large numbers?? If so, what would
be the motive?
I've recently become bluntly aware that movie stars, for instance, have access to items you and I can only hope to see on the market one day. How
this happens is not as important as that
it happens. It's not surprising, even though I hadn't really given it any thought prior to the eye
opener, and of course, money is the issuance that brings out the goodies.
Items, like skin care and makeup and so on, are not really high ticket items, yet those who have can have it early on. Of course, some will say that
is the way the world operates and has and will, but why?
Doesn't it make sense to make your item available to a few MILLION buyers than to let it be 'donated' to a few celebs? Wouldn't that be more in
line with money making than the giveaway situation? I'm not speaking of endorsements, that makes sense in line with the money money idea, I'm
speaking of sheer giveaways, that will not bring back anything to the giver, except MAYBE a little tax break.
So then, who IS running the show?