Real Innovation

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Today’s Daily Prompt asks the question “What will the next must-have technological innovation be? Jetpacks? Hoverboards? Wind-powered calculators?”

I live in the high technology world. I have for the last twenty five years earned my living in the computer industry designing, writing, supporting, administering and writing about computer software. I have to say that sometimes questions like this can really get my goat.

To start, what do we mean by innovation? If we go to we learn that it should be defined as “something new or different introduced”. So where do we draw the line at what is an “innovation” and what is just a slightly different iteration of an existing design?

Perhaps we mean the introduction of a new technology? In a way this just shifts the question. Is, for example, the iPhone an innovation, a new technology or just an update to an existing technology. We could argue any of the three.

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