In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first 'SUPER' computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored a 'whopping' 5 MB of data. Do you appreciate your 8 GB memory stick a little more now?
Globalization is apace, despite increasing awareness to negative externalities, jobs displacement and higher costs. In 2006, it was Sonicare, now is iPhone. Some things never change, they keep mutating at the edges.