Has anyone noticed how new technology is making it possible to salvage old technology?
One example I notice is this: When sound recording formats changed, it used to mean that the old format went more or less obsolete, and the material on it was somewhat lost. Tapes replaced phonograph records, and if the material on the records was transferred to tape, you had to tolerate all the phonograph noises. Tapes gave way to CDs, and a lot of recorded material didn’t make the trip from one format to the other.
Now computer technology has made it cheap and relatively easy to transfer all kinds of old recorded material to digital format, clean out the pops, crackles and hisses, enhance the sound, and use it on a CD or in an MP3 player. A lot of very good language learning material has been resurrected and improved due to this innovation.
Isn’t it cool?