There's No Technological Innovation In MMXX
From the „pre-covid19” yearly mailing list thread „State of the World 2020: Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky”
Also, there’s no technological innovation in MMXX. Innovation and invention are out of style. The closest we’ve got to innovation is „capital moating,” where you start some allegedly technical company to screw around with, say, hotels or taxis, and throw so many billions at the project that businessmen are awed. That’s financially innovative – sort of – it’s like the space-aviation biz staying aloft by angling subsidies. That’s not Moore’s Law, there’s nothing amazingly great that is busting out of the garage to set Google-Apple-Facebook-Amazon-Microsoft on their ear. There is no wonderment, because there is no reason to wonder.
The fix is in. The Industry has consolidated. Best of the year lists from tech journalists have been replaced by lists of the worst things happening in tech. For the first time in my life, it’s getting hard to find any genuine technical novelty.