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There's a big difference between invention and innovation. Both are important, but we do less and less of the former. The idea of a mouse before PARC must have seemed a little crazy, whereas the idea of the iPhone before 2008 seems a little inevitable.

Alan Kay's recent talk "The Future Doesn't Have To Be Incremental" goes over this yin and yang of the two 'i' words of our industry with authority. Worth a watch.

The mouse was already in 'the mother of all demos'.



We do less and less of the former because "smart" money follows innovation and not invention.

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