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All successful technologies are alike, but every failed technology flops in its own way. Success means a technology solves a problem, whether it’s installed on a billion smartphones or used by a few scientists carrying out specialized work. But many—maybe most—technologies do not succeed, typically because they fail to reach the scale of adoption that would make them relevant. The reasons for failure aren’t predictable. This year we saw promising technologies felled by Supreme Court decisions, TV cameras, public opinion, and even by fibbing graduate students.

Source: MIT Technology Review

Date: January 12th, 2015

Link (to paste into browser): http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533546/the-top-technology-failures-of-2014/

Discussion

1) Consider each item listed by the MIT Technology Review. Do you agree with them on why this tech was a failure?

2) Are there any big misses from the list?

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