GOOD put out an infographic recently which aims to quantify various stats to do a global ranking of innovation. The data used to create the chart includes global reach, success (patents accepted), influence, and volume (quantity of new stuff). I find it really interesting, and they actually make note of it, that china is not on the list due to the fact that the innovation taking place within the country does not go beyond a domestic reach – the patents issued apparently fall short because they neglect peer recognition and global reach.
I believe we are headed towards an era of sameness – an era in which innovation by the human species alone is impossible because all humanly perceivable problems are solved. While, to some, the elimination of problems may seem to be a great success, I find it to be the most pressing dilemma of mankind. Entrepreneurship, the design of new stuff as a result of our innate empathy towards others, is what makes us human. To strip innovation and ingenuity out of the human equation is to strip the very thing that makes us unique as a species.
Matthew Manos is an MFA Candidate in Media Design at the Art Center College of Design. This is his thesis blog.