Technology is all around us. We know it drives a dynamic economy. We marvel at, but soon take for granted, the latest new gadget.  Sometimes we are fearful of what impact it might have on our jobs, our health or our security. We invest a lot in research in order to develop new technologies.

And it is strangely impermanent. As Douglas Adams of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame put it, once invented and widespread, technology strangely disembodies, to become ‘part of the furniture’ – simply a natural part of how our world works.

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