Public or Private?: The Source of Invention

I’m off to a holiday lunch, but here’s the start of a new post about the myth of “market” innovation, written by a business-based expert:

Take a look at the powerful inventions that have changed society and ask what role design research played:

  • The Airplane
  • The Automobile
  • The Telephone
  • The Radio
  • The Television
  • The Computer
  • The Personal Computer
  • The Internet
  • SMS Text Messaging
  • The Cellphone

What role did design research play? What role did marketing research play? No role.

More on this later, but suffice to say most or all the above items were created by the public sector.