Someone once remarked that the way to tell if a technology is mature is to observe whether each new solution creates an additional set of problems. Take automobile airbags, for example. They were developed to address a specific safety issue, which is that large numbers of drivers and passengers were being injured or killed in survivable accidents because they would not wear their seatbelts. The great thing about an airbag, advocates pointed out, was that it was a “passive restraint ...

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