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Planned Obsolescence

Planned obsolescence is a policy of deliberately limiting the life of a product in order to encourage the purchaser to replace it, thereby stimulating sales. Now applied to many different products, notably computer software, the concept first emerged in the 1920s when companies began to analyze every aspect of mass production. Planned obsolescence can refer to both technical failures and to “style” obsolescence. What are some examples of modern products that are designed to become obsolete? More… Discuss



Cardboard Bike Being Rolled Out

Since their invention, bicycles have been made lighter, more efficient, and more affordable. Yet, if one is to believe inventor Izhar Gafni, more can—and soon will—be done. Within months, mass production will begin on his lightweight, inexpensive, environmentally friendly cardboard bike. Though it sounds flimsy, the bicycle can supposedly support riders weighing up to 485 lb (220 kg). In addition, an organic waterproofing and fireproofing treatment ensures that the product will not simply melt in the rain or burst into flames if a cigarette butt is carelessly tossed its way. The bike could sell for as little as $20.More… Discuss