Sorry Jaap, I don’t agree this time 😉 It will take decades, at least 4 to 5, before anything will change. Look at what’s happening right now: all kinds of gadgets (your smartphone or tablet for instance) are build in such a way that they almost cannot be repaired and have a lifespan of appr 2 years. Prosuming won’t change it: we will print via 3D printers all sort of things we don’t really need, and because it’s such a simple proces, replace them as soon as the bore us. The digitizing of our society will only lead to quantity, not quality. Producers (those who are the first to use new techniques like 3D printing) will produce more of things of which the lifespan will decrease rapid. The throw-away after use society is more close than you can imagine 😉
That is what the Romans already said and used as basis for judging legal fights over faulty products or services. The Seller can promise you fantastic things, but in the end if you bought the fairytale of the advertisement it is your own choice.
I may be an old man complaining but yes I am really surprised how much rubbish is offered in stores and on TV. Stuff I would not even want to have as a free present. Well sometimes you discover later that ven sturdy stuff has flaws built in that limit the lifetime of some tool. Like for instance a saw on a long stick with a hook at the end. On the photo you can see that the left one is broken off through the hole in it.
Put there to be able to hang the saw on a nail in the wall (I think nobody…
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