This idea of thinking about technology over extended lengths of time is a primary motivator for us. Richard Banks discusses the sustainability of a technology heirloom.

The subject of technology heirlooming has come across often during my work at  Microsoft Research's Cambridge facilities. I've even discussed it in the odd paper or presentation — thank you if you’ve had the patience to either read or watch what I’ve referenced to.

Today, though, I’m going to stretch your patience further, since I thought it might be interesting to drill down a little into this area of research to give it some context.

Firstly, I’ll try to describe more generally some of our thoughts and ideas about technology in the long term. Then I’ll try and describe more specifically what we mean by a technology heirloom.

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