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February 09, 2011

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The_super_dave

Great analogy. Great ideas and creativity meet ingenuity and find their way to the market.

Chris Mellor

It's a good argument you make Chuck.
Chris.

EtherealMind

The argument is somewhat shallow. What happened to the loss of diversity in other parts the eco system. Consider the loss of the ATOM based Netbook category, the retardation of the OLPC project, the halted development in notebooks computers and many other IT areas as resources shifted into the current fashion for tablets.

Further, as the Cloud Vendors fall over each other is the rush to sell vertically integrated and monocultural products to the largest service providers such as Verizon, BT, Optus et all, where is the innovation going to come from once they ahve a significant investment in a static service ?

Thus, I say, the argument is valid, but shallow.

Chuck Hollis

EtherealMind:

I considered your argument initially, but ended up rejecting it as highly dependent of who is measuring the impact of "innovation", and more importantly -- where is it measured?

Perhaps we could find a middle ground in pointing to a shift in innovation patterns and focal points due to convergence. At a lower level, did the advent of standardized and integrated PC motherboards help or hurt innovation?

Certainly, the rules had changed -- but I would argue that the amount of innovation (as measured in terms of societal benefit) actually increased.

-- Chuck

Spamager

@etherealmind sometimes a shift or drop of innovation (maybe opportunity cost?) is deserved..at least at that point in time for a particular project.. if its good enough..that innovation resurfaces.. VHS over beta..

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