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Future Hype by Bob Seidensticker

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6 Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

IN THIS CHAPTER WE WILL LOOK at the faster myths—five High-Tech Myths that lead us to believe that things are happening at an everincreasing pace. Though important to understand in their own right, exploring these myths can also help us explore one of the problems that causes these distortions: press overeagerness. When it comes to new products, what we know is largely what we hear and read from the press, and this information can be less than accurate.

High-Tech Myth #3:Important New Products Arrive Ever Faster

The only constant is change.

—ANONYMOUS

A 1998 article in Forbes magazine claimed that, “new inventions now arrive at a bewildering rate—as many in a year as once appeared in a millennium.” The Federal ...

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