t’s easy to explain away the slow adoption of groundbreaking technologies by pointing to government regulations, antiquated legislation, and technically conservative and out-of-touch government agencies. But while this line of reasoning might be a libertarian’s wet dream, it ignores the complex interactions between businesses, the government, and (most important) consumers. Do we really want flying cars, or do we just say we want them because they sound cool and were a powerful symbol of the future we now find ourselves approaching? Are we willing to pay more money for better GPS tracking and Wi-Fi, even indirectly through government subsidies? The future — at least in part — is up to us. (via Everything’s amazing, nothing’s perfect: exploring the limits of consumer technology | The Verge)

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