Despite a growing interest towards mindfulness, there is still a culture that says to be overburdened and racing for what's next is something to strive for.
While programmable thermostats have been around for quite awhile, the product category has seen a lot of upheaval and innovation in the past few years. Internet connectivity and mobile apps meant people could turn down the heat from across town and keep reliable data on their heating habits.
Reading on my smartphone, tablet or e-reader doesn't give me the same thrill as reading an old-fashioned paper book. But why would I stop by the bookstore, or visit the local library, when I can download the latest books in seconds? Does society need paper books any more?
Before Bach, there was no music. This seriously hampered the soundtracks of movies. Then black slaves sang while being exploited in fields, paving the way for blues, jazz, and rock & roll. Now autotune could give a goat a honeyed voice in perfect pitch. Meanwhile computers liberated musicians from those old historical obstacles like money, instruments, and talent. The Internet allowed everyone everywhere to hear everything, and we haven't seen a distinct style of music since.