Original ideas in Silicon Valley are like Bitcoins...

Original ideas in Silicon Valley are like Bitcoins...

Summary: The easy ones have already been minted. New ones require original experiences.

TOPICS: Emerging Tech
Horn Group and Squid07
San Francisco's non-conformist culture provides a treasure trove of original experiences.


I’ve noticed some correlations between Bitcoins and original ideas in Silicon Valley, which are the necessary sparks of innovation. 

Few new Bitcoins are being produced because miners have minted all the easy ones. Original ideas are increasingly rare in Silicon Valley because the easy innovations, such as selling music online, or shoes, have been taken. 

Original ideas come from original experiences, just as each Bitcoin is mined, by being the first to find a unique answer.

Original experiences are those that are found as unfiltered, and untainted by other people’s opinions, curations, and search engines, as possible.  

Original ideas are as disruptive as Bitcoin is in its world, and there is a small number of them.

San Francisco’s disruptive culture…

More innovation will come from urban centers than from Silicon Valley’s corporate culture, where your cubicle picks you up early morning, and you are transported to a central holding facility, where your employer mediates 90% of your daily experience. Every day is the same day and there are few opportunities for original experiences.

It would make sense for tech workers to telecommute from San Francisco because there’s a treasure trove of original experiences in the city.

San Francisco’s non-conformist history is a disruptive culture — it has always challenged the status quo, and it has always found a way to disrupt society, often on a global scale.

The disruptions are cultural and come at key points in history. They help move everyone forward and show people how to handle the future. The future of tech is far easier to predict than how we will live in that future. San Francisco can become a place where the future is invented and where it is used in the right way.

To be a techno-optimist you have to be a techno-activist, the future is not guaranteed. San Francisco has the perfect culture and traditions to show other cities how to use tech to live well and do right. 

In Silicon Valley, original ideas are a Bitcoin-like currency — they both have no material form yet there’s a limited number – and they aren’t making many new ones. Scarcity is a valuable quality.

If tech companies want to disrupt the world, they should fight to preserve San Francisco’s non-conformist culture and not suffocate it by turning it into a bedroom community for a business park. It’ll mint original ideas.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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  • Technological revolutions come from research into fundamentals..

    Unfortunately, most of todays "research" is not true research.

    It used to be politely referred to as "applied research" which transforms known fundamentals into useful objects. It does NOT discover new fundamental knowledge.

    That comes from theoretical research, of which there is very little being done. It can be expensive, or inexpensive, depending on the field. Computer science, is a branch of mathematics, and can be quite inexpensive. Theoretical studies in math can be carried out by just one person... But the results HAVE to be available for others to learn from.
  • Original ideas?

    One could argue that there have not been very many original ideas from Silicon Valley, nor anywhere, in a LONG time. Most of the ideas over the past 40 years or so have just been improvements in design or miniaturization of components and finished products, along with a natural progression in capabilities. Perhaps I'm being too cynical?
  • what is innovation these days

    people call what I see as "incremental improvements" and transform that into innovation, or even 'disruptive innovation', we've not see much in the way of real innovation for a long time, but we have seen a great deal of incremental improvements, chips have gotten smaller and faster, but no great leaps in innovation since the development of the transistor, (except small and faster).

    Wizard57m I just read your comment, I have to agree, online sales is not one of those innovations, nor is twitter, or google,

    but innovation is such a good marketing term, but it really just does not happen anymore.