For a long time, planned obsolescence has been a sad fact of technological life. Most machines are only designed to have a limited life span, then scrapped and replaced with a newer model. However, signs are showing up that signal a reversal of this trend.

What if you didn’t have to continually update all of your gadgets and devices? Wouldn’t it be great if instead of buying a new piece of hardware every year, new features and software could just be uploaded into the existing shell? Designs could be more modular, and made so that both software and hardware can be infinitely swapped in and out, drastically extending the useful life of the machine.

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