Innovation is about collaboration, and shortening the distance between any two useful nodes within a system that want to collaborate on an idea.
With this in mind, I should be working on projects that enable communication at the machine level.
Theory of constraints for innovation
What is holding us back?
- Networking between people who can organize resources, with the people who can produce the outcomes
- Plugging resources into these networks so they can survive (i.e. think of a network of people as an organism that needs to be fed with energy - food, money, shelter; things needed for survival)
- A place to discuss the roadblocks to be worked on
People, Resources, Roadblocks - that's it.
Where this goes wrong
- Prioritization - such as in the task scheduler sense - always be working on the highest priority thing, with pre-emption capabilities so that anything can be killed at any time. Without proper prioritization we spend too much time on the wrong things, or avoid task switching at all in order to keep doing what we're doing (sunk cost falacy, tunnel vision, etc.)
- Context switching costs - we must find ways to reduce the cost of context switching, so that agility in bringing solutions can be brought to its maximum. Without low-cost task switching, agility suffers enormously.
- Survival imperative - if we either didn't need to survive as individuals, or our cost of survival were reduced to zero, then progress could be made without concerns for things like income. What I'm really talking about here is the Star Trek-esque future where infinite energy tapping capabilities results in the devaluation of possessions, money, and anything else that we currently use to keep ourselves fed and sheltered. Also, almost anything that is pushing for a money-centric, or possession-centric ideal without then taking its accumulated resources and putting back into the free energy goal, is harmful.
Luckily, in relation to that last bullet point, we're all mortal and therefore it's pretty close to impossible to not eventually put all resources back the free energy goal.