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Examples of path dependence and where it might lead for smartphones

50 Things That Made The Modern Economy is a BBC World Service podcast.  In short snippets of 9 minutes, Tim Harford, the FT journalist, discusses innovations that have played a crucial role in shaping the world today.

The Haber-Bosch process, for example, responsible for thousands of deaths in the First World War, is fundamental to sustaining human life and population growth. It is the magic that results in fertilisers, without which there would be insufficient food for the world.

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Industrial rhythm, migration, nostalgia: the societal fabric enveloping UX

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Industrial rhythm, migration, nostalgia: the societal fabric enveloping UX

This is part of a series of provocations to fuel discussions at the MEX/16 conference.  Follow @mexfeed for more, join the debate at #mexdesign16 or by posting your comment below.

When we get it right, individual user needs are interpreted in the context of societal fabric.

Every individual exists to some degree in civilised structures, which inform their behaviour, aspirations and the willingness to try new things. Those structures evolve slowly, beginning as a flicker of movement with…

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