May the best technology win

I’ve become skeptical of arguments of the form “X is a better technology, but people won’t quit using Y.”

Comparisons of technologies are multi-faceted. When someone says “X is better than Y” I want to ask “By all criteria? There’s nothing better about Y?”

When people say X is better but Y won, it’s often the case that they think the criteria by which X is better are most important, but a majority placed more weight on the criteria by which Y is better.

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