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How Innovations Create More Innovations

In earlier technological ages, innovations spawned other innovations, but much more slowly than it happens today. The creation of an automobile would create imitators, but the basic form and function of the device would remain the same. Rather than new creators innovating entirely new modes of travel for individuals, they would instead spend their energies and resources on changing (and not always improving) existing designs to try to corner a portion of a mature industry’s market share.

The same sometimes occurs today. Mature products get imitated and copied, saturating markets. But other technologies are more foundations. These technologies, rather than being imitated by those that come after, serve as foundations for their own innovations. These next generation inventions would not have been possible without the foundational innovations of the pioneer company. Intel is this sort of company, and their analytics technologies are finding many applications in a diversity of industries.

Intel is helping agriculturists and farmers keep track of cultivation at all parts of their properties without having to physically be in those spaces. These farmers can view crop yields, nutrition and fertilizing statistics, watering and hydration numbers, and much more, all remotely. Similar iterations of these technologies are being used to help seismologists anticipate future quakes in California and provide personalized anti-cancer screening methods for individuals. They are also innovating cloud based resources which will be applicable to almost any business function you can name. These technologies are not consumer-facing, so they won’t have the recognition of something like the iPhone, but in many ways they’re more important. Rather than simply giving regular people something to do, they will change the framework of the world in which they live. These are just a few examples of the kind of advancements that make Intel such a meaningful innovator in the world of technology.