A lonely medium (18 Apr 2002)
Take the wrist watch. It is now redundant but hardly anyone realises it. Look around you. People with mobile phones still look at their watches if they want the time or the date. That is completely unnecessary now because mobiles have clocks and calendars with backlit screens for night viewing, and they can be updated remotely.
It remains to be seen whether this leads to a repeat of the slide-rule syndrome: no manufacturer of slide rules started making electronic calculators even though their business was about to be destroyed, and no maker of calculators had previously been in slide rules. Watchmakers, be warned.
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