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The Economist, December 21, 2014 About this debate

What is more important for human progress: continually improving things around us, or creating totally new things? Innovation describes both, but the two approaches make their mark in very different ways. Japan has long made incremental improvement the cornerstone of technical advancement. After months and years of gradual tweaks, products look radically different, as happened with semiconductors, solar cells, batteries, etc. Yet America and Europe aim for disruptive innovation: big new things that transform markets and society. The transistor, the internet and Google are but a few. Incrementalists note that disruptive innovation is never ready for the mainstream until the optimisers come along. But disrupters argue that non-linear discontinuities propel society forward in a way that optimisation alone would never produce. How we answer the question affects how we run companies, spend research money and even educate our children.