I've been wondering about this for some time, what the actual levels of technological development are in the different mediums, incarnations, and interpretations across the series.
It seems like things would have to diverge, and some other branch of science would suffer. In the manga "The Electric Tale of Pikachu," for example, medicine seems to be significantly advanced, along with miniaturized and hyperspecialized computers (the Pokedex). In the anime, the technology level is about the same as ours.
What do you think?