I want to get some other's opinions regarding what is innovation vs. invention because it’s become a debated topic among my friends. What do you wise minds think?
Awhile back Logan posted a video regarding Apple not being an "invention" company but rather a "recipe" company. (If there is already a thread for this I haven’t seen it).
Backstory if you want:
This started because my friend started to work for Apple recently as an "at home advisor". I'm not sure where I saw Logan's video, but I decided it was a good time to send my friend the link to it. His response did not agree with the video. This discussion has tried multiple attempts to form a definition of innovation or invention. Easy you say? Perhaps not.
My reasoning and his:
I attempted to show that inventions are items that did not exist prior to their development. They are in essence and by their nature a first generation. The inventor created it because it did exist in complete, functional, form before its construction. Innovation I explained as successive generations of that first item. Those later generations being improvements, modifications, or changes to the prior gen. all the while not changing essence of the first generation. (I see someone trying asking “What is essence?”) His argument hinged around innovation being inherently less meaningful than the invention, and thus merely calling Apple an innovator undermines their business success. That innovation often times creates products that “didn’t exist prior” because those exact components are “new” in the sense of being faster or more capable than the prior ones. As the definitions of new, prior, or ones changes slightly, how do you make the distinction between innovation and invention abundantly clear? Can you?
To note he’s an economics/business major so I’ve been told companies invent new products every year. ie Apple invented the MacBook Pro because no other company had a “MacBook Pro”. I guess if you’re a business owner you invent new products even if that product is only slightly different than last year’s model.
Edit: Ignore the random html tags. Apparently I have no idea what I'm doing. Strong
Edit2: Got it now :-)