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This is my problem with the “A bus. You have invented a bus.” meme, basically every time it is deployed. Many innovations worth doing were incremental innovations and they happened because someone put in the effing work. We should prefer not cutting down folks doing the work.
Additionally, as described, a lot of innovations which are not really incremental when viewed correctly will be recast as low-value incrementalism because folks who were in no way responsible for shipping them underestimate the complexity of doing so.
(I also fundamentally disagree with the value system which privileges Big Inventions over incremental innovation but will acknowledge that this aesthetic preference is not widely shared in the US, and convincing people to reshape their aesthetic preferences is a Hard Project.)
(Seriously the tech industry needs to fund a hundred Social Networks that glamorize e.g. factory line optimization, applied research, developer tool chain maintenance, etc.

I am dead serious: there’s a number that makes the next Peter Parker drink Coke or be in network ops.)
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