In this age of entire legions of professional risk managers and over securitization—in every sense of the word, including mutually assured robbery, with everyone’s hands in everyone else’s pockets—can we still kid ourselves that every “new release” of a consumer technology product is anything but a new release?
The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Inventions
In the economosphere, the future is so utterly feared and thus overly planned for that no bell nor whistle is added nor subtracted without overly paranoid thinking and consultation, so as to keep the illusion of technological progress going. The ratio of research-and-development-fruitfulness to actually allowing that fruit to ripen and be tasted by the masses is so large that there must be 200 years worth of steady releases that will never come into existence.
So why wouldn’t a company put out a totally revolutionary communications device that it has sitting in its workshop? The reason is that no company wants to rock the boat so much as to rattle the presumptive trusts and cartels that could set of an unbalance in the global markets that could ripple back to hurt them. If entire markets are destroyed and new ones seek to arise, who knows which other, less friendly corporations could arise in the market vacuum they created that could destroy them down the road, irregardless of their original pioneering ingenuity. A less revolutionary but very practical example of this is thinking back to the blu-ray player being released by company iForgot. There were many people out there, myself included, who didn’t rush out and by the first available blu-ray player, but were conservative and waited a few years and the devices to be tested out, improved upon, so much so that the original blu-ray creator was chewed up and spit out by bigger companies that replaced them. Pioneers don’t often last, and there is great instability until new trusts and cartels arise. Plus, consumers have been conditioned into liking and expecting small advancements. Something entirely new and different would be a big hassle in learning to adapt to for the general consumer and runs a great risk of being rejected (perhaps the electric car would be a fitting example? I don’t actually know or care to research).
Modern corporations are very big believers in karma, that’s why they are so careful in how they fuck people over and have a science to making the cycle return time pushed so far in to the future that it might be mitigated by some other factors such as generation change, wars, mergers and acquisitions, law code changes, and many more muddling factors. If they set off such a large wave, it would create too many feedback loops that could blindside them very quickly from an completely unpredicted angle—exactly what they have so many people hired to prevent.
The modern market is where really good progressive ideas of real consequence go to die, and novelty ideas of no real consequence thrive.