Technological Innovation, as a process is about maybe a century old. Along the way, there has been numerous instances and situations which have changed dramatically owing to technology, mostly to greater good.
They have been categorized under various umbrellas with their own distinctive formats.
Predominantly, the cycle started off with the advent of computing and they started evolving into different forms and mediums attributing to different use cases. This evolution cycle was composed of Mainframe Computers to being with, which were traditionally involved in high tech military and defense systems to start off and later on to other branches of Govt. Entities.
Until some time they were all cocooning in their own silos of operations within their morbid states. However, the advent of Personal Computers started transforming the evolution of the computing landscape as we know it.
The invention of Mouse by the famous American Inventor, Doug Engelbart fueled the transition of computers from being the Mainframes of the Corporate World to a Co-Operative device of the households.
Post that, oblivious to our involvement in transcending our socio centric world to a digital world, we were all party to the computing evolution. It took about a good 3–4 decades to become mainstream inflection point, which was a pretty strong evolutionary dimension.
Fast forward a bit towards the Millennium, the common man was introduced to the Internet. Then came a plethora of companies who were working on anything and everything associated with dot com. The Gold rush was so infectious and everyone started off, unto the bandwagon.
There are reasons why certain things are associated with the term Bubble, eventually when it bursts out there is nothing but vacuum. A similar fate reprises towards the dawn of a new century and that wasn’t great to a lot of them. It started off fast and went down in a similar pace.
Nevertheless, this paved way to an alternate shift and kick started the Internet 2.0 as we know it today.
This is when things started getting trickier. Along with the Internet 2.0, post a debacle of the dot cum bust, big tech wigs started addressing things differently. There were two Siamese Twins on the horizon. Few years into making, we witness the boom of a new computing era the Smartphones which associated themselves heavily with the accessibility to Internet. So, it might be debatable as to whether the former led to the rise of the latter or the other way around.
But, this paved way to a lot of innovative and path breaking products and solutions. The earlier evolutionary cycle of decades got decreased incessantly to just about a couple of years. All those others who followed their evolutionary processes, just have to rechristen themselves or just be prepared, to be wiped off.
Companies no longer had years, they just had months. Suddenly “Move fast & Break Things” started becoming the playbook of all the companies, whether technical or not.
There was a swamp of new product launches, inventions & innovations cropping up across the nook and corner of the Globe with every new daylight.
As a placebo effect, it created ripples across sectors, categories and societies. People suddenly started buying all sorts of things, whether they needed them or not. A lot of social pressure and anxiety was created among people in the real world. The virtual internet world had a direct interaction with the physical world. The former started ruling the latter.
Economies got altered. People were more concerned on the looks and feels of them, rather than concentrating on moral values. Our societies started becoming more pricey and less valuable.
Does technological evolution has to happen in its own pace or must be accelerated at 10x and 20x the power of input without attributing the causal effects to it.
We marched ahead with such an escape velocity, wherein we are holding the keys of our front door in a silver platter, ready to be handed over to the artificial computing creations. The society had hit it’s black hole, when man started teaching computers to learn more and he ceased to learn.
Indeed technological evolution is the forthright power to combat our future, but it has to be organic and evolve at a much brisker pace, which is compatible with his Human Counterparts. Technological Evolution and Products can’t be at the behest of a few Multi-Billion & Trillion Dollar Companies, but has to be organic and Co-Created by it’s Supreme Commander, THE USER!!!