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BOOM times are back in Silicon Valley. Office parks along Highway 101 are once again adorned with the insignia of hopeful start-ups. Rents are soaring, as is the demand for fancy vacation homes in resort towns like Lake Tahoe, a sign of fortunes being amassed.

The Bay Area was the birthplace of the semiconductor industry and the computer and internet companies that have grown up in its wake. Its wizards provided many of the marvels that make the world feel futuristic, from touch-screen phones to the instantaneous searching of great libraries to the power to pilot a drone thousands of miles away. The revival in its business activity since 2010 suggests progress is motoring on.

So it may come as a surprise that some in Silicon Valley think the place is stagnant, and that the rate of innovation has been slackening for decades. Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, an internet payment company, and the first outside investor in Facebook, a social network, says that innovation in America is

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People are too fat and happy, that's what has stagnated. I'm just waiting for the big tragedy to strike the mighty IT and bring all that carelessly designed crap down. Solar superstorm or Russinovich's Zero Day scenario, both increasingly likely, but way past their due time already.
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Or maybe people are only now starting to realise that they have sniffled innovation through broken copyright laws, patents etc, I wonder how long it will take before it dawns on them that they themselves are responsible for the terrible system they have in place, I doubt it, greed can last a lifetime it seems.
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I also think that there is a generation of people coming up who through playing with too much tech have forgotten how to use their imagination. This is stagnating innovation IMHO.
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Problem is it's to hip to be in the industry now. No one wants to break-out of the boring routine and do something new. People are to scared, to reliant on pay cheques and to damn lazy!

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Upon reading the article, it states about just America. I do believe technology is advancing with new ideas else where like the [url="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xv6ln0_richard-hammonds-miracles-of-nature-g-suit_tech#.UP0wyGfDFdg"]Giraffe suit[/url].

I think another main cause for Americas technology halt, maybe just that people don't have the money to start up a company, mean your country has enough debt as it is :p

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I'd say it's more of a copyright and patent issue, you can't come up with anything before a troll or apple comes in with lawyers blazing because your idea is "similar" to some BS patent someone has, you can now get sued for workarounds so why innovate anything at this time?

Smart money is to wait for the whole broken system to implode on itself and then start being creative again
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Mr. Gordon is a pessimist, so that's what he thinks. It's a strange time to be a pessimist, quite honestly, considering we've got personal computers in our pockets and private industries are working on sending people into space, but I guess if you really want to believe that nothing got better after the telephone and the Model T, you'll believe that.

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[quote name='threetonesun' timestamp='1358794095' post='595468682']
It's a strange to be a pessimist
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Behind every [s]cynic [/s]pessimist is a disappointed idealist. I should know.

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[quote name='Phouchg' timestamp='1358796252' post='595468752']
Behind every [s]cynic [/s]pessimist is a disappointed idealist. I should know.
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The opposite of pessimism is optimism, not idealism. There's a big difference.

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[b] [url="http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1131814-has-the-ideas-machine-broken-down/"]Has the ideas machine broken down?[/url][/b]


For Apple it has. :woot:

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[quote name='threetonesun' timestamp='1358796550' post='595468776']
The opposite of pessimism is optimism, not idealism. There's a big difference.
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I figure idealism is a precursor to pessimism. When one is an idealist, he has constructed or continously transforms what he sees into an alternate clockwork world in his mind, one that follows mostly undefined, but rigid set of rules. And all fine and dandy except it's devoid of all irrationality (passions, feelings, emotion - all errors in logic) that makes us human.

Experience (unless discarded) may/does require to continuously alter/amend the rules. Which signifies that idealism has not been quite ideal from the start and is not, and will not be at any given moment. Reality is frequently innaccurate. According to ideals not only it is highly suboptimal, inefficient and unreliable, but should not work at all. Yet it does. In its face all ideals crash and burn.

If one keeps cultivating these ideals, he ends up in an asylum. If he doesn't, he should. On the other hand, if he acknowledges the inherent, unescapable irrationality of idealism, one ends up a pessimist and cynic, each to a different degree.

At least I'm wired like this.

/foolosophy

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To many people suing over little crap these days so i am guessing thats part of it. Why innovate and produce something when everything little thing is protected and you may get sued.

There are still companies innovating...just slowed a little.

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The economy as it is cannot fund most of the new projects i guess.

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The corporations now hold almost all the innovation and scientific output, it will be harder than ever to start something new and big.

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