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Subject: Re: I'd like to revisit Mauser96's thought Date: 4/3/2013 7:44 PM
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Real innovation usually requires a broken failing process, something that works so badly (or doesn't work at all) that people are willing to venture into the unknown to fix it.

I guess I don't agree with this. (Except I note the word "usually".) But I can think of a dozen innovations that weren't the result of a "failing process." Heck, my KRZR phone worked fine, but somebody thought up a way to include other features that made it more useful. It wasn't "broken", it was just "innovated" on and made more useful.

Likewise CD's. Cassette tapes worked just fine. CD's were better, but there was nothing wrong with cassettes. They were portable, convenient, offered good fidelity. Trinitron TV's were an innovation, but RCA TV's served millions of people with color TV very well for two decades. Were they so bad that they needed to be "innovated" into flat screen TV's? Sure, flat screens were thinner, but the early ones weren't any sharper than a Trinitron. It was only when HD became a performance standard that flat screens took off - but they had already been "innovated" by that time.

My wired keyboard is another example. Bluetooth may have eliminated the wire, but I would hardly say a wired keyboard was a "broken failing process".

That's why I think the iWallet (concept, not necessarily that particular one) is inevitable. My wallet works fine. But if I didn't have to carry around 8 loyalty cards, six credit cards, a driver's license, medicare card, insurance card, and all the rest, it'd be a lot more convenient. On top of that, the phone (which I have to carry anyway) will have my entire life story, the ability to communicate with an EMT, will soon have facial or fingerprint recognition - and allows me to look up "What's a substitute for Toasted Sesame Oil" in the middle of the supermarket as I did today. No "card" in my wallet is going to let me do all that.

 
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