Innovation and slow knowing

Can there be too much innovation? Citing recent blog postings from Paul Kedrosky and Michael Arrington, Innovation Insider asks whether Google has reached its "innovative fulcrum," the place where additional offerings destroy rather than add value.

It's a recurring notion. The author of The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz, argues that people generally prefer capability to usability. Rael Dornfest, the CTO of O'Reilly Media, recently said at ETech that he believed there "were some great businesses to be built on giving you less." And Behavioral economics seeks to understand how we really make economic choices, which, as it turns out, has far less to do with rational decision making than we'd like to believe.

As for me, I'm off to Mays Lick, Kentucky for its annual Asparagus Festival tomorrow. It's an exercise in slow knowing. Should be about 74 degrees and sunny. 


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