In 1997 a man by the name of Clayton M. Christensen published a book called The innovator’s dilemma: when new technologies cause great firms to fail. This book canonized the concept of “disruptive technologies” which Christensen had cooked up to dispute the “technology mudslide hypothesis.” If you’re up on your business innovation theory, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
The advent of higher-capacity machines promises to improve efficiency not only by handling more data but also by reducing programming complexity. But such gains are neither easy nor automatic for those who run these R&D races.
This is photo of Simon with Charlie Skelton last winter in NYC. This smile, is the ever polite and indulgent, “DO you really need to point that camera at me on the weekend?”