Monday Musing on Artifice

Innovation has been reduced to simply building upon existing industrial-era systems and methods, as has disruption. Think about it – can you name a single instance of disruption that did not rely on an already-established industrial system? We must go beyond this surface level and challenge the fundamental assumptions that underlie our approach to tackling major endeavors.

We need to dig deeper.

“What we really ought to fear is not oblivion but irretrievable decline… and in order to avoid that fate… we need to tear into the world of artifice… we need to rip root and branch into the previous industrial base and re-invent it, re-build it.”

— Bruce Sterling – Shaping Things