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I find that their version of a middle future has two oddly lacking points:

* How does this technology service people in rural areas?

* How does this technology help people in poverty escape it?

Given the way everything else was discussed, it really seems strange that those topics are lacking. It's even more apparent when they discuss light rail as a means of replacing existing transportation, as much as I love the concept of light rail.

It maybe that philosophy behind "middle futurism" is applicable to rural areas but the author couldn't think up examples.

But I image rural areas would be particularly rich in modestly functional older technology that could be tweaked.

Technology to help people escape poverty would be extraordinarily nice. Difficult in our economic system but maybe there are some things around maintainability over disposability that could help.

Perhaps particulars are left as an exercise for the reader and another article.

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