Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Innovator’s Meaningful Innovation

I wanted to share with you an article I found talking about Thomas Kuhn work, the concept on meaningful innovation and some thoughts regarding the current state of technology.
For the ones that know me and read my blog, you know that I’m passionate about technology and emerging platforms. I have been a programmer for more than 10 years and a software and solutions architect for the past 5 or so years. I enjoy technology and I enjoy playing with gadgets and technological toys.
However, I actually think that in general terms, we give technology a very poor use. Technology could do so much for our society, it could in fact make everybody’s life easier. Instead of that, technology seems to keep serving mass consumer markets with the objective of making money and rich people richer, without actually breaking ground or producing long term improvements.
I have had this conversation many times with a lot of different people. Most of the times I discuss the topic with colleagues they kind of feel the same frustration of not being able to actually do something that really makes a change, that produces a tangible improvement in people’s life. Other times, people take me for a technological communist that wishes the same poor and crappy technology for everybody (guess people really fear to loose their iPhones).
Jokes apart, technology should be a lot more than just replicating older business methodologies for the digital era. Technology should be a lot more than just reaching mass consumer market deeper and faster. Technology should be all about meaningful innovation, technological creativity and break through should be encouraged and almost the norm. I can see how the democratization of technology has been incredible positive in some aspects, but also it has made a bad impact on people’s expectations regarding technological products and advancements.
Hope you feel inspired by the article and maybe a few words you read here. I don’t expect you to agree to all of what I have said, or even think that I claim this is an absolute truth. Generalization is always dangerous and we all know that there are always amazing scientist and entrepreneurs out there doing amazing things, but hopefully you will find some truth in my rambling and feel compelled to demand and expect more from technical innovations.

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