A Sketchy Critique of Innovation by Advocati Dei and Diaboli. Part I: Innovation - in Search of the Bottom Line

Bruno Jacobfeuerborn , Mieczysław Muraszkiewicz


Innovation enjoys a support and praise of a number of advocati Dei, i.e. those agents who are ready to make cases in favour of innovativeness and innovation as essential methodologies and factors of progress and growth in business, technology and social matters. It is rare however to came across advocati diaboli or just an advocatus diaboli who are/is ready to harass and pester the concept and practice of innovation, in particular by addressing the issues of costs and undesired side effects. In this paper we shall assume both roles the advocatus Dei and advocatus diaboli, with a special interest in the latter, meaning on the critique of innovativeness and innovation. The purpose of this exercise is not aimed at undermining the significance of innovation or cut through the hype of innovation; it is rather to better understand it and develop awareness that innovation, as many other progressive and advantageous things, might have also dark sides.
Author Bruno Jacobfeuerborn
Bruno Jacobfeuerborn,,
, Mieczysław Muraszkiewicz (FEIT / ICS)
Mieczysław Muraszkiewicz,,
- The Institute of Computer Science
Book Jacobfeuerborn Bruno (eds.): Innovating Innovation: Essays on the intersection of information science and innovation, 2013, Warsaw, Poland, MOST Foundation, University of Warsaw, ISBN 978-83-925759-8-6, 187 p.
Keywords in Englishinnovation, innovativeness, critique, Luddite fallacy
ProjectDevelopment of new methods and algorithms in the following areas: computer graphics, artificial intelligence, and information systems, and distributed systems . Project leader: Rybiński Henryk, , Phone: +48 22 234 7731, start date 29-05-2012, planned end date 31-12-2012, end date 30-11-2013, II/2012/DS/1, Completed
WEiTI Działalność statutowa
Languageen angielski
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