June 2014

 

I just read Jill Lepore’s excellent article about disruption and innovation. She very carefully tears apart some recent trendy thinking about innovation and pretty much concludes that one cannot predict where innovation or disruptive technologies will come from and that, inevitably, any innovation or disruptive technology will pretty much find itself in the buggy whip maker position sooner or later.

 

In her article she provides a fascinating sidebar comment by noting that the term innovation used to be considered to be a somewhat negative term and in the early 20th century it was more common to call the march of mankind: Progress of mankind.

 

She describes it as follows:

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