28 Sep '13, 7pm

Is Innovation Dead?: The argument's been put forth that civilization has hit an innovation wall.

Was beer really the last great innovation in civilization? Of course the answer is "not really," but Wade McDaniel and I share a good laugh when he brings it up. We've seen tons of innovation since the Sumerians figured out how to craft a fermented elixir that wouldn't kill whoever consumed it. But the argument's been put forth that civilization has hit an innovation wall. I was sitting with McDaniel in his office here at Avnet, where he's the vice president of solutions architecture for the company's Velocity unit. He had just completed a webinar for EBN on outsourcing trends, and I asked him where he thought innovation was going to make a difference in the supply and what that innovation would be. "I think it's dead," he said. Really big innovations are decades old: air conditioning, electricity, wireless communications. Think about jet engines: The time it takes to fly ...

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