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Future Left Podcast Ep. 42: Planned Obsolescence

Future Left Podcast Ep. 42: Planned Obsolescence

I'm sure you've heard of planned obsolescence before. Sometimes derided as a "conspiracy theory," the concept refers to things like preventing repairs or designing a product to cease functionality after a certain period in order to sustain demand for new products. It's an interesting concept that speaks to the dilemma of waste, sustainability, and market inefficiencies (CAPITALISM).

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Recommended Reading:

BBC Overview of Planned Obsolescence: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160612-heres-the-truth-about-the-planned-obsolescence-of-tech
Apple Kerfuffle: https://www.wired.com/2016/02/apple-shouldnt-get-to-brick-your-iphone-because-you-fixed-it-yourself/
French Law on Labeling and Guarantee: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/france-planned-obsolescence-law/
Sweden Support for Repairs: https://www.fastcoexist.com/3063935/sweden-wants-to-fight-our-disposable-culture-with-tax-breaks-for-repairing-old-stuff
Obsolescence because materialism: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/apple-iphone-7-planned-obsolescence/
HP Shenanigans: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/09/hp-should-apologize-and-stop-sabotaging-non-hp-ink-cartridges-eff-says/
 

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Future Left Ep. 43: State, Society, and Surveillance

Future Left Ep. 43: State, Society, and Surveillance

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