What the gospel of innovation gets wrong (Jill Lepore, The NewYorker)

“the world may not be getting better and better but our devices are getting newer and newer.”.

Or how humans invent new hamster wheels for themselves. Disruption, a theory that explains nothing, but serves as hagiography, as an excuse.

The economic consequences:

  • Disruption as a code word for “new”, whether it’s better or not.
  • Disruption as part of financial gambling.
  • Growth vs actual improvement.

The moral consequences:

  1. Look back and think: what is it all for?
  2. Panic as a way of life.