Innovation roundup
October 26, 2014  

Scientific breakthroughs often have a fascinating back story. Almost always it turns out that innovation is a process that takes decades before the final success.

I like to keep track of these stories to combat those who think innovation is dead. For example, Peter Thiel argues that innovation stalled in the 1970’s. This is wrong: it’s just that later innovations haven’t yet broken through.

Some cases in point:

If anything, the fact that our latest innovations are from the 1970’s, only 40 years ago, shows that the pace of innovation is accelerating.