Jobs are Leaving; Is Innovation Leaving Too?

Jobs are Leaving; Is Innovation Leaving Too?

It's well known by now that jobs are leaving the United States and going overseas and maybe it's a bad thing and maybe it's a good thing. However, there is speculation that innovation is leaving as well, but is this really the case? This comment to a recently posted article explains it pretty well.

First I want to say that innovation is NOT coming to an end. What happens it that too many of us are employed to do unattractive, boring stuff. Take for example writing a book or creating a new song. You could possible say that all stories have already be written, and all songs invented yet. However people come up with new stories and song every time. That's the same for coding. May be before people came to you with a problem and you as an engineer you coded something that solved the problem. To do this you needed technical and intellectual capabilities but not a whole lot of imagination (well may be to envision a way of solving the problem but that's it). Today (and tomorrow) people won't get to you and ask you for a solution to a problem. I think that what has change (or is changing) is that now you have to invent the problem to solve. You have to be imaginative, you have to innovate and you have to create the solution. This happen because people in general think that everything has been done, so you have no choice but to prove them that they are wrong :) In programming, the limits are set by your imagination so innovation cannot come to an end. In a way what I'm saying (and I've heard that a lot in business classes) is that many of us will become self employed.
Despite the fact that the comment exhibits poor grammar and sentence construction, it does contain some basic insights and the main point seems to be the last sentence. Perhaps it is time to consider self employment and the possibilities it brings for innovation.

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Comment when you say it like that it makes a lot of sense

Wed Apr 5, 2006 2:18 pm MST by bob stevens

Comment when you say it like that it makes a lot of sense

Wed Apr 5, 2006 1:53 pm MST by bob stevens

Comment I know I'm off topic but today is the best day as she has said

Mon Apr 3, 2006 3:45 pm MST by tim smith

Comment Hey you hit that one on the head of the nail! Unions and regulation are the down fall of America and that's the main reason jobs are leaving and going to other countries! With that you have innovation and technology going bye, bye! A matter of time before we are back in the 3rd century lookng like cavemen!

Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:21 am MST by BOB

Comment That's exactly what is happening. Innovation and increased efficiency. Look what happened during the industrial revolution in the United States. Why were we able to produce so many goods with so few people. We innovated and created tools that made our workers efficient. For instance, better strands of cotton that would grow very well inland and produce tons of cotton per acre. There was also the cotton gin that helped separate the cotton and seeds. Innovations like these spurred productivity, which led to higher standards of livving in the US. People today don't realize that such innovations are still very possible. Innovate to make people's lives and jobs more efficient, and you will succeed in business. Either that or monopolize the market like Microsoft, so you can shovel crap to the masses.

Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:04 pm MST by Anonymous

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