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Members of the Akron Men's Garden Club plant tulips at Stan Hywet in this 1966 file photo. From left are, Karl Springer, Harold, Frankenfield, Durrell Kennedy, L.L. Lamborn, James Riffer and Sherman B. Morgan.
Modern society fetishizes technology, worships convenience and strives for technological-driven convenience above most everything. If this year’s coveted Rube Goldberg SmartMachine can be made easier and cheaper by robots in foreign lands, or constructed out of lower-quality materials, then doggone it, the average person or business will happily take the cheaper, easier option, thank you very much.