Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Alien Technology Required to Beat the iPad

Alien Technology Required to Beat the iPad, article.

On July 19th, Apple’s Tim Cook said the following.
"We have a very simple view here, and that view is we love competition. We think it is great for us and for everyone. But we want people to invent their own stuff. We’re going to make sure that we defend our portfolio appropriately.”
It was one of those Jobsian RDF statements that sounds really spot-on, but has a hidden agenda. It’s really hard to innovate once another company nails the technology driven, state-of-the-art metaphor first.

Apple, through superior work, research, and intelligence, like a frontier family, have found a new grand lake in a huge territory which for years had seemed to be unsupportive of life, the tablet market. They found and made something which really works brilliantly within current technology limits.
Now others, through following their tracks and smoke trails, have found the lake too, and want their part of the water.
And the courts have to decide exactly how much of the lake the Apple Family have stakes on forever due to having found the lake first, and how much should be public rights.

I don't know if there is a Right Solution, but we can only hope that results come near a good compromise between supporting innovators enjoying the fruits of innovation, and not suppressing the natural spreading of wealth found in new natural habitats of technology.

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