Planned obsolescence

I studied industrial business administration. A teacher explained that it was possible to make light bulbs that last forever, but they would consume a lot more power and would therefore be more expensive in the end. Another thing he mentioned was that, in an office building, changing the lights was more expensive than the lights themselves.

Electronics which last very long do exist. They are used in satellites and such (like voyager for example). There are companies specialized in this field. A Dutch company got them involved in the making of electronics for a nuclear fusion generator.

These electronics are a lot more expensive. If you couple that with the (apparently) fact that the average person buys a new smartphone every 11 months (good going, not) it is very unlikely that a space electronics manufacturer will ever be able to profitably sell an ever-lasting smartphone.

© Koos Swart 2013