In the year that followed the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the Indonesian city of Meulaboh received eight incubators... by late 2008, when MIT professor named Timothy Prestero visited the hospital, all eight were out of order. (27)
In todays society the amount of advanced technology that is available is amazing. But there is one common problem across the board, no matter if it is consumer based or a life saving device, it is all too expensive. It also all will break far too often. Even today, cell phones can barely make it the two year contract you must sign to buy it. This issue continues on into biotechnology and healthcare. If those incubators were more reliable then more babies could have been saved. Because they were broken they could not be useful to the people of Meulaboh. Developing a way to make technology less disposable is necessary. Making something fixable is the next step in technological development.