Why innovation still gives me hope, and worries me a little

13 October 2009

Sometimes one just has to admire invention and innovation. I don’t think I’ve given fan design much thought in my life, except when really hot. I certainly don’t think I’ve given any thought to how one could improve them. So reading the ever-superb Paul Taylor’s article on James Dyson’s new Air Multiplier Fan made me feel reassured in two ways.

Firstly, that there is an everlasting culture of innovation out there – and while many of us are content to use, others continue to strive and improve even the most every-day of gadgets. Secondly, that Dyson continues to innovate – his third act – and as a Brit that makes me proud that we still can foster innovation, despite some of the doom and gloom. Finally, though it has me a little worried, that we somehow will trip over the laws of unintended consequences and find a way to blow cool air on all the other unknown James Dyson’s out there around the world, as we look for ways out of the recession and to alleviate some of the pain that’s been caused.

What do you think? What innovation have you read about that warmed your soul?

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