Jason Hope, Arizona’s foremost tech entrepreneur, has never been afraid to tackle the big problems.
The prolific innovator and frequent blogger has recently published a series of articles in which he questions why innovation in the U.S. has stagnated considerably over the last 60 years. Aside from the widespread adoption of personal computing and the revolution in mobile communications, Hope argues that today’s quality of life for the average American is not tremendously higher than it was in the year 1960.
How much better off are we now?
One of the comparisons that Jason Hope like to make is between cars from then versus those today. Many models from the year 1965 were nearly as fast as anything being produced today, in every dimension. A 1965 Corvette Stingray, for example, could run 0-60 in 7.1 seconds. That’s faster than probably 75 percent or more of all production cars today. A 1967 Cadillac Eldorado could travel in excess of 125 miles per hour, much faster than one can legally travel on any roadway. On top of this, the car was one of the most beautiful ever produced.
It would be a very tough argument to claim that a 2015 Hyundai is a better car than either of those mentioned. It may get better gas mileage, but many people would still gladly drive an older, more stylish car at a cost of 10 miles per gallon. So, why haven’t cars gotten materially better? Hope doesn’t fully answer this question, but he does hint at real innovation that will come with the Internet of Things.
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