So, if I understand this correctly the entire article is based upon a premise derived from the perceived complacency among the “many people you know.” You sympathize with this complacency and from this data set, which no doubt numbers in the tens, reach the conclusion that “ we’ve reached a point in society where all we’re doing is optimizing the distribution of everything via the few stories told by an elite minority….rather than telling any of our own.” Far be it from me to dispute your findings which obviously have very strong evidentiary support, but did you try talking to some people you don’t already know? This will drastically improve your chances of hearing opinions that are different from your own. Market cap is not the same things as influence or importance and, I can’t stress this enough, technology DOES NOT equal innovation. There are so, so, so, so many other innovations happening in the sciences (not technology) that they dwarf any supposed lack of innovation in the technology sector. Of course, I would argue they were never all that innovative to begin with, but obviously I am in the minority in that opinion. These innovations are not seen, nor heard of, nor felt, by the vast majority of everyday persons but that does not mean they are not real, and they are happening every day in laboratories around the world. The slow march of science goes on behind the scenes as our obsession with technology never seems to abate. Technology is so much easier to understand, to feel, to see, and even to use, and that makes it much more easy to talk and write about. Ease of use and popularity are important attributes,s but they should not be conflated with importance or influence because they are not directly correlated even if it seems so much like they are. Speaking for myself and my colleagues, fellow research scientists all, we do not feel any complacency, and in fact have never been more excited to come to work everyday. Of course, for us, innovation is a slow methodical process so today feels just like any other.

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