Comment: Paradigm assumptions

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Paradigm assumptions

Are the oft-missed factor.

Most of your points are anecdotally correct but only in the paradigm of days gone by. With a few changes (that are coming now), many of them are relegated to insignificance or simply become moot.

For example, you base a lot on the assumption that the bankers (and all related creatures) have some higher ground and can tell inventors what to do. That's basically true for the past and today, but not for the future. What changes in your synopsis under the following paradigm shifts:

Crowd funding overtakes angel/shark investors;
Money becomes so abundant that social materialism takes a nose dive;
Online services supplant patent authority;
The cloud recognizes its power over its enemies (government, market, money, borders, propaganda...);
Business models reorganize around small & local with only growth as THE MARKET needs;
Merit replaces greed (survivability) as the driving force behind the spread of global solutions;
Profit motive is replaced by peer standing;
Creativity returns to being a self satisfying hobby;

Currently we say, "necessity is the mother of invention" but due to marketing, we live it the reverse way. What we should be saying and living is "creativity is the new mother of invention due to the elimination of necessity".

Popular apathy is the obvious result of sane people fighting a constantly losing battle. TPTB know that people won't keep fighting until they find a way that begins producing results. This is how they control us. With some of the new methods we have to ensure our efforts produce results (case: the recent referendums that passed), it is rational to think the people will grow their enthusiasm. Slow process? Sure, but it will and is happening.

The 'inventions of America' are not tired, lazy or otherwise misdirected. They fall into two categories that gives off this impression. The first is the 'fluff' inventions (my term) that don't change the game but allow people to trade simple convenience (my definition being not really necessary) for inventor wealth. I place energy developments, financial shenanigans, government bait and swithes, and many other things in this category.

The second category inventions fall into is virtually invisible to the general public. Sure some university research project gets attention and then fights the investor/IP game which keeps it off the market for years before a loophole renders the business model dead, but for the most part, these inventions reside elsewhere in society. These inventors do not go public. They don't advertise. They don't hunt investors or apply for grants. They know the societal worth of their ideas is a complete game changer and as such, it will be taken from them, controlled, manipulated and turned into yet another tool for the monopolization of the mass wealth and income. This leads them to stay quiet until they can start their business in a sustainable way.

By sustainable, they mean they have to build all of the tools, parts, design, planning and funding themselves. This is similar to the family and friends funding method with a few outsiders who can help in-kind. Once they 'get going', they generally stay small enough to stay under the radar and build enough of a nest egg for things like patents and automation. For them, these are the needed budget items because since they're not 'fluff' ideas, growth will occur without the game of push marketing.

Is this happening now? Absolutely. We see it all the time. Look at the 3D printer market. They were selling hundreds before they made big news. Same goes for the hobbyist processor/controller market. Still not mainstream public, they are building an entire computing infrastructure to replace nearly all of our non-desktop/laptop intelligence devices. Thousands of other examples abound.

Point is in all this, that people will not fight the same battle once they learn it's futile. That would be (the definition of) crazy. Instead, they are taking some time to restructure the world from the bottom up, based on the new 'barn raising' techniques the internet offers. When they get enough roads built, look out because it will then take weeks to go from idea to debt-free funded, fully crowd-co-developed and sustainable local-based sales. That's the point where those other paradigm shifts I listed above will take place.