Innovation Eats Itself

Recently, in a post on Innovation Excellence, the controversial thesis re-emerged that innovation eats itself. In fact, just like Erysichthon, an unrelenting and insatiable hunger affects innovation, and new inventions act like fuel on a fire: the more they are, the more they feed it, the hungrier innovation gets.  Eventually, just like Erysichthon, innovation could eat itself. In The Escape from Hunger and Premature death, 1700-2100 : Europe, America and the Third World, Nobel laureate Robert William Fogel used a diagram to show the relationship between the growth of world […]

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