As you probably know, nothing really lasts forever in the human-made world of appliances, especially electronic ones.
Whether it stems from market evolution, technical advancements, newer paradigms, out of business companies, scarcity of spare parts, (insert here anything relevant); the vast majority of platforms simply disappears over time.
And the trend is accelerating for "not yet retro" hardware, e.g. it's much easier to get hold of an Amiga than, say, the Japan-only PSX.
My question : Is emulation ultimately the future of retro computing ?
Though not perfect, emulation does well in the topic of historical archiving and while it also needs to be archived, it provides a glimpse of what a platform was.
I believe this question is a good fit for the site but it might need some adjustments, so please suggest.