Are Humans Running Out of Ideas?

It has been no more than 53 years since the inter­net was invent­ed, and peo­ple are already say­ing that we have start­ed to run out of ideas. We get new ver­sions of iPhones every year or so, but not a rev­o­lu­tion in the con­cept. The state of the iPhone; peo­ple com­pare it with the actu­al tech­no­log­i­cal progress of mankind in the past 15 years.

Big ideas are dif­fi­cult to find. “Orig­i­nal ideas” are dif­fi­cult to sus­tain. In the age of the inter­net, orig­i­nal­i­ty is too vul­ner­a­ble to the judge­ment of the crowd. The rea­son why there are few­er big ideas today is not because we are run­ning out of ideas, but rather because the world is get­ting small­er and peo­ple like to be part of it.

You feel that you are stand­ing near the peak of inno­va­tion. Your par­ents did the same in the 80s. Just like you, they felt that we may have reached the peak of inno­va­tion. They prob­a­bly did­n’t know that in 2022, cars would not require dri­vers. The far­thest thing they could have pre­dict­ed was a robot dri­ving a car.

Myths

We know a lot of myths. The num­ber of myths has grown over the years, with no end in sight to their cre­ation. Even though there are a cou­ple of high­ly edu­cat­ed peo­ple who look for the truth, the major­i­ty look for ideas that make them hap­py and solve their prob­lems. Think­ing is sec­ond nature. We have to be taught to think, which is why we see so many movies with robots or supermen.

Tech enthu­si­asts are always look­ing for new tech­nol­o­gy and gad­gets to buy. But they are buy­ing new ver­sions of it, not a revolution.

Here are a few rea­sons we are run­ning out of ideas:

Slow growth is better for businesses

Tech titans pre­fer slow growth.If EA deliv­ers a whole futur­is­tic prod­uct in FIFA 22, they will run out of ideas for FIFA 23, and so on. They would like to have the same set­up for FIFA 23 as they had for FIFA 22. The same goes for every oth­er com­pa­ny that sells prod­ucts. If it runs out of ideas, it will not be able to sell any more prod­ucts. They appar­ent­ly don’t want to run out of ideas, and no ideas are being born at all.

The attention span of the consumer is short

If a com­pa­ny deliv­ers an inno­v­a­tive prod­uct, they do not know if peo­ple will love it or hate it. With a new prod­uct comes a new con­cept, and with it new prob­lems that need to be fixed as well. It is bet­ter for com­pa­nies to play safe and fol­low the path where there are few­er chances of fail­ure. This is what most com­pa­nies have been doing over the past cou­ple of decades.

A person’s ideas are never original

Patent laws are lax. In 2022, an idea raised by a com­mon human being either remains unheard or gets remod­i­fied by the big bulls. This has been hap­pen­ing for a long time, includ­ing with Thomas Edi­son. But par­tic­u­lar­ly at present, the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty of orig­i­nal­i­ty is the high­est. So, peo­ple are keep­ing their secrets lim­it­ed to them­selves. Ideas are not stored in the brain after a per­son­’s death. Mil­lions of inno­va­tions have been buried already.

There is no room for genius

The titans of tech­nol­o­gy are not par­tic­u­lar­ly inventive.The largest spend their mon­ey on hir­ing peo­ple who have no new ideas but are good at imple­ment­ing and mar­ket­ing ideas that oth­ers have already thought of. They want peo­ple to work for them because they do not want a new idea, but rather a ver­sion of an old one. They do every­thing in order to keep their employ­ees busy and slow down inno­va­tion, which is actu­al­ly hap­pen­ing right now with most companies.

New ideas are actually difficult to uncover

It is not that easy to dis­cov­er a new idea. We need to change our per­spec­tive on every­thing and look for some­thing that has not been invent­ed yet. This is not as easy as it sounds, as we are used to fol­low­ing the same path. It is eas­i­er to sit in your seat and be con­tent with the present.

Yes, we are run­ning out of ideas. Humans will not stop lov­ing gad­gets, but we are run­ning out of ideas for rev­o­lu­tion­ary gad­gets. There are a great num­ber of ideas, but what we real­ly need is an orig­i­nal one. Again, if “we” get that orig­i­nal idea, the idea becomes ours, right? So, who would reveal it anyway?

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