PCs and printers still vital
I would love to tell you that this was a difficult decision, but it really wasn’t. As much as I enjoy Chris’s argument, I believe he thinks of things as they ought to be as opposed to the reality. Both PCs and printers are just as vital as they’ve ever been and will continue to evolve to meet the changing demands of the market -- which is arguably the essence of innovation.
In contrast to Chris’s idealism, Larry is reliably pragmatic; and in this particular case he did a nice job of reminding us that the “funny thing about innovation is you never really see it coming.” In other words, we don’t know what we don’t know. He’s right. It’s just way too soon to declare an end to PC and printer innovation.
Clearly most of this audience agrees that it’s too soon to tell if PC and printer innovation is gone and I would venture that it’s unlikely as well, at least in the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, to those of you who agree with Chris, I say keep dreaming. That is after all the fountainhead of big thinking which almost always leads to, you guessed it, innovation.