Breakthrough technology should be easily recognized and integrated into our society but for a wide variety of reasons it's not. The specific reasons for this are as numerous as the individual cases themselves. Generally speaking, however, backing new and untested ideas takes courage and vision.
Unfortunately these commodities have always been in short supply. Studies have shown that people are more highly motivated by loss than by gain. This results in extreme risk aversion by both individuals and organizations, particularly when the stakes are high.
But avoidance of risk carries its own perils. Technological advance is not inevitable. There have been times in human history where progress has ceased, indeed, reversed. It is nothing short of a miracle that technical progress occurs at all.
Human foibles also play a role. Indeed, the follies of human nature are part and parcel of the innovation process. Progress can be impeded by resistance to inventions. New ideas often require time and investment to become practical and this early development is easily sabotaged by pathological skepticism. When this happens, a new idea is rarely given a second chance.
Those charged with seeking out new ideas and methodologies are too often hidebound by tradition. Many more are hopelssly mired in organizational red tape or are so overly skeptical that they are blind to new possibilities placed before them. A very few even seek to hold back progress for their own reasons.
Technical evolution is also uneven. In some societies new things are viewed with hostility and innovators are actively punished. In others, change is warily accepted and agents of change are severely hampered by attitudes and institutions.
The pace of change has increased from that in earlier centuries because of structural changes in human society. But even in the 21st Century there are many obstacles to innovation preventing deployment of new technology. While there are numerous factors at work, three issues above all else slow progress immensely. The first of these is absence of developmental funding. The second is a failure to recognize innovation when it does appear. And the third is the sheer difficulty of making progress known to more than a handful of people during the early stages.
Enormous progress has been made in all other areas of intellectual property management but identification of early stage breakthrough technology and investment in innovation is still in the stone age. Extremely practical and useful technology far ahead of mainstream knowledge routinely languishes or is lost forever.
With the advent of the Internet it has finally become possible for individuals and small groups of innovators to present early stage improvements directly to the mainstream populace. That is the purpose of this Website. The technology presented here is not gadgetry. It has the potential to cause fundamental changes in the technological balance of power.
An innovator trades in new ideas. As in any other industry, producing new products requires time and money. Revenue must be generated if the effort is to continue. Capitalizing innovation requires prudent disclosure. But unrestricted publication is foolhardy. It is often difficult to strike the right balance - to gain enough recognition to open doors while maintaining enough control over information to prevent piracy.
Material presented here shows what is possible and offers a glimpse of innovative opportunities. By making a larger audience aware of the possibilities, the day may be hastened when these breakthrough technologies are fully developed and applied.