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Considering the reality of innovations and their impact…

Is technology bad for us? It is an interesting question that came up on one of my innovation posts. A Pixie stopped by to talk a little about the impact of innovation. I don’t always think about the broader impact of innovation like that, and it got me thinking this morning. First of all, the always wise Pixie pointed out that the innovation that was plastic containers is now is the reality of impact both in landfills and sadly the ocean. Plastic doesn’t decay as quickly as paper. It is possible to say that innovation, plastic containers, now has a more negative impact than positive. The way you have to consider the impact of something is good versus the bad.

Let’s start by thinking about what an impact is. First, there are negative impacts. Secondly, there are positive impacts. So let’s wander away from the original example and begin to talk instead about another example and apply the rules to it — the reality of medical innovation. There was a time when a doctor would literally work on a cadaver and then deliver a baby. There was no stop between that process, and many mothers died right after giving birth. It was discovered in Vienna that if you wash your hands before working with a patient, just that small innovation saved lives. Mecial science has improved vastly over the last 150 years. To the point where we have seen the life expectancy of humans creep upward.

What hasn’t kept pace is food production. But that isn’t a lack of innovation problem, that is an economic reality. The reality of a world driven by money is that often money is a problem. It isn’t the only problem, and sadly money and monetary systems are not an innovation. People have been using systems of barter (that s ultimately what money is) for thousands of years. Still, in thinking about the concept of innovations, it does make me sad to realize many innovations have a more negative impact on the world than positive. We could argue the impact of Television hasn’t educated the world, that the reality of plastic bottles is that they are pollution not drink holders. We can argue the negative side and honestly should always stop and consider that. The other side of innovation isn’t winning or losing on the market, its what is the overall impact of the idea, later!

  • Have you ever heard the term half life?

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  • Do you try to live a green life?

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  • Did you know China stopped excepting plastic recycling from other countries?

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What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. With us, the new year was banned by most of the plastic … plastic bags, glasses, picnic accessories, and I could still list …. I do not know when they will also ban plastic bottles

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