No new consumer goods?

Martin Batchelor responds to my “Being content with the fruits of the industrial revolution” (26 March) with “Not sure if I agree with there being no new consumer products in the last 50 years. How about the micro processor giving us lap top computers, digital cameras and mobile phones? Also Dyson cleaners, maybe micro wave ovens? Digital music, GPS navigation, blue tooth connectivity. There must be more!”

There’ll always be an expanding perimeter of scientific research and thus of consequent innovations. We’ll always have new methods and thus new producer goods and infrastructures. We’ll also have continuing improvements and embellishments of existing mass-produced consumer goods and services. As for digital music, GPS and blue tooth — and very much more! — they’re sophisticated infrastructural-type services that we can tap into rather than buy as consumer items.

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