Again with stuff, the things that really make life comfortable could be made so much better. Longer life, designed to be easily fixed. Would be good for all our pocketbooks, and we would still have conveniences. Not so good for business, showing the shortcomings of economic models. There are disruptive technologies, and ways of thinking about technology that can turn the planned obsolescence model on its head even if government refuses to regulate properly.
In my opinion its knowledge that represents real wealth,
Certainly the internet and the potential to make knowledge available to many more people is probably a game changer in so many ways.