re: Beware The Faux Innovators
I agree and concede there is a distinction, however, the process
typically runs that an innovation leads to an invention. I see innovation as the way a visionary Science Fiction author creates a whole concept that is radically different from the norm. Consider H.G. Wells as a case study. He innovated the very workable concepts of nuclear powered submarines, space flight missions, and more. Concepts that could not be realized due to technological limitations of the era. The inventions that followed changed the world as we know it.
So in context I consider the core innovations for a device we call a
smartphone come from; the realization of a decent handheld computer (envisioned in fantasy genre' but invented by Palm), mixed with a wireless phone (Thanks Alex G. Bell, walkie talkies, Motorola for the cell concept, and Samsung for the 3G technology), using the esthetics of Stanley Kubrick's monolith and video streaming, and powered by a tiny massively dense battery. This was an evolution, not an innovation. The complete vision was already there. We just needed the pieces invented to assemble the solution. There will be more refinements and improvements for sure, but true innovation will be hard to come by until we finish checking off the existing list waiting for manifestation.
A recent realization of actual innovation is the near field communication technology, and the inventions are tumbling from the minds of developers to discover how to use it successfully. Even it owes it's innovative existence to fiction, watch the old series TekWar and you will see people using NFC to exchange digital currency in an imaginary futuristic setting. A collection of concept nonexistent technologies, a well defined use case, and a publicly accepted infrastructure all modeled and presented as a future norm just waiting to be realized. That is what I call innovation absolutely begging to be invented. Not just an improvement, upgrade, retooling or revision, but an actual connect the dots innovation to invention path being realized today.