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On the Absence of Obsolescence

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1 Author(s)
Campbell, S.M. ; Univ. of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

The paper talks about the history of computing that explored obsolescence. Computer technology had undergone the most dramatic progress of any technology in the second half of the 20th century, and thus also the most dramatic rate of obsolescence. At the root, obsolescence is a process that occurs when users chose to replace one technology with another, either because they need to. That newer technology is also better is almost an aphorism of the last few centuries.

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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 4 )