I feel a little guilty for not having written that much in this site for a few months, but I have a number of disparate interests and with the impending elections here in the UK I have also immersed myself into politics. Fear not, I have a separate blog for my own political activities, so I am not going to mention the ‘p’ word again here.
The truth is that my passion for innovation hasn’t been fired up by anything over the last few months. As an avid reader of technology blogs all I have been seeing is basically variations on existing themes. In fact I pity those journalists who have to make a living looking at technology as sure as hell they must have even run out of nibs by now (news in brief for the uninitiated by the way).
Variations on a theme
Yes, we have had smart watches (of all shapes and sizes), Google has thrown out its glasses (such timidity shows how much the company has transformed itself into just another boring corporation), the IoT is still in its inception and… well the list goes on almost ad infinitum. And what about SEO and innovation on the web front? Yes, search engines are turning smarter and smarter, locational devices offer immense possibility, but we all come a cropper when we try using them either in densely populated areas, where the signal has deteriorated, or in the countryside where there is none. Have you noticed that we are stuck using the same old browsers, except of course they are becoming larger, slower and even less secure by the day?
It’s just a monotonous pattern of product variants and tweaks, rather than real innovation. It seems we have stalled, just refining and redefining, rather than truly inventing and imagining a new, smarter and more exciting and sustainable world. Take the ubiquitous smartphone; it has changed shape (slightly), has had more pixels, more memory (and less battery life, another story!), but we are still essentially split between Android and iPhone. And when you see the buzz that the imminent launch of Windows 10 creates, well you know that we are living in truly dire times, virtually in the midst of the Gobi desert of technological innovation.
So, could someone out there please come out with something truly inventive, innovative, imaginative, like the internet, or smartphones, or the telegraph, or the light bulb, something, anything, before we all die of boredom? And if you disagree could you please add your thoughts and above all a link or two, before my brain goes to pulp.