Tracing the Evolution of Consumer Electronics. What’s Next?

How our diverse species of consumer electronics — books, music, computers, and phones — have evolved. Will a single device ever unite them all?

Roll over gadget images for their evolutionary trees

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  • Kevin Prince

    The irony of this evolutionary chart, of course, is that every one of these innovations was Intelligently Designed by a team of engineers. How many years would you need for random mutation of an Apple II computer's firmware to transform it into the first Macintosh? Anyone? Evolution vs. Design is a statistics problem for the courageous.