Imac, Ipod and Iphone: Assessing the technology lifecycle
IMAC, IPOD AND IPHONE: Assessing the technology lifecycle
The fast paced world and the outrageous amounts of money involved have spurred the invention of many great and amazing technological devices that have not only changed the way the world is being perceived and understood but also the manner by which the daily lives of people are being carried out. The race for the next big invention or life changing technology is on and there are huge financial incentives that await those who emerge victorious or at least ahead of the pack for the time being. While these financial incentives have indeed allowed the world to enjoy all of the comforts and pleasures that technology has to offer, there is however an unseen cost that is brought about by this; deterioration in quality.
New inventions and technologies which claim to be the next big thing are continuously being introduced to the public at record breaking levels. The introduction of the most powerful computer one day is overshadowed by the introduction of an even more powerful computer. Just when you thought that you already had the latest cutting edge technological device, you immediately read in the newspapers or online that a newer and better model has just been released by either a competitor or the same company that makes the device.
Everyone enjoys having the latest gadgets and gizmos but nobody really stops to question whether or not these devices are actually worth it or whether or not there are negative consequences to having such a device. A reason for this may be that with the rate of development and introduction of new technologies no consumer actually sticks to a single product for a very long time so as to allow the consumer to uncover the flaws or imperfections of the product.
The fact that companies always release new products is also the reason why these flaws and defects are not quickly uncovered. Any flaw or defect in the design or negative consequences that the device brings can quickly be addressed by manufacturers and developers and a new improved version of the technological device is quickly developed and introduced to the public. In doing so, companies actually even make more money because the public readily consumes whatever new and improved device is introduced.
It all boils down to the financial incentives once again. As mentioned in the beginning, the race to develop and introduce the next big thing has caused deterioration in the quality of the products that are being introduced. Glitches and bugs are not uncovered during the developmental stage because of the pressures to meet deadlines or get the lead over competitors who can readily assume or develop similar technologies.
Glitches and bugs however are the least of our worries because the same problems can also affect things which have more serious consequences. The latest technologies could carry life threatening side effects and consequences that were not discovered during the developmental stage because of the race and pressure to compete at the rapid pace as necessitated by today’s markets. The newest global positioning systems could have weak security systems that can easily be hacked and manipulated. All these worries and negative consequences are possibilities that have always been around but have not really been a problem until recently when companies decided that the financial incentives were just too good an opportunity to pass on.
As the financial rewards continue to increase and the pressure to introduce the latest technology and replicate the success of the imac, ipod and probably the iphone continues, lesser and lesser attention will be devoted to the quality and permanence of technological devices. The latest gadgets and gizmos are not designed to withstand the test of time. After all, there is not so much profit to be made by introducing an unbreakable and perfect device.