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May 02, 2006


peter quodling

Which is all a roundabout way of saying that, there hasn't been a real paradigm shift in the technology space for decades. smaller, faster, fancier. but it's all just the same old stuff.



A curious analogy, likening the progress of the computer industry to the neo-Darwinist theory of biological evolution. Curious, because our industry is obviously the product of intelligent design. Perhaps we should be examining the writings of Michael Behe, William Dembski, and Phillip Johnson, rather than Gould or Dawkins.

Analogies aside, I think your point about the accumulation of smaller innovations does, over time, create more significant looking changes. I too worry that the ability to innovate will soon be stifled by today's intellectual property system, particularly the patent system. Large technology companies treat their patent portfolio as a war-chest, used to both attack competitors and defend itself in the IP arena. Is the day soon coming that innovation will be the exclusive domain of the big players in industry, since the small guys won't have legal access to necessary foundational technologies and techniques?

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