Are Ideas Dead?

A small idea turned multi billion. An idea took ape to space. A small idea created civilization. Looking back five to seven millions years ago, probably when some apelike creatures in Africa began to walk habitually on two legs, it was an idea that made us what we are today. An idea made our ancestors flake crude stone tools 2.5 million years ago. Aatomically modern Homo sapiens evolved by at least 130,000 years ago from ancestors who had remained in Africa. But it was their idea because of which our brain had reached today’s size. They, too, moved out of Africa and eventually replaced nonmodern human species, notably the Neanderthals in Europe and parts of Asia, and Homo erectus, typified by Java Man and Peking Man fossils in the Far East. Another theory suggests only 40,000 years ago modern behavior flowered. They based their theory (idea) on evidence like the magnificent cave paintings in Lascaux and Chauvet.

Weather it was a thought or an action or an activity, it was after all an idea that started everything. Have we discovered and invented everything already? DIYs and re-innovation put aside, what was the revolutionary idea that we witnessed in the last year? Are new ideas dead? Or is there limitless innovation and discoveries yet to be made? The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate (from some theory) and we can imagine that more discoveries are still hidding from us. But have we invented everything that humanity requires? Are we running out of revolutionary ideas? Uber, Air BnB, Amazon, etc, can we start something out of the ordinary? Are we bounded by our technological limit? Or are the Ideas Dead? Thoughts please.

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