Stagnation In Technology and The Verge (not) Addressing This
Recently, I've been increasingly feeling that innovation in mobile OS's and applications, desktop os's and their applications as well as web development has stagnated.
There was a recent Atlantic article which put into words how we were still living in the Facebook world, where nearly every single start-up is trying to do 'social' and fill a niche that another site is not. There are no websites I run into that make me go WOW! I remember the around 2006 where some of the websites that were launching were downright wacky. They were wacky then and they'd be wacky now.
The same story occurs with desktops and mobile os's. There is something archaic about using Windows (never used OS X), I'm not sure what it is but the notion of manipulating multiple windows and things basically the same things I was doing with Windows 95 is archaic. I'm sure there is something ground breaking that can be done here, on the same scale as the jump from pre-iphone smartphones to the first iphone. But I feel this is something The Verge should be exploring. I do not read The Verge just for the news, I visit the website in the hope that some exploratory issues within tech are researched or philosophized upon. I want The Verge to dream much more than they do.
With smartphones, my concern is similar to desktop os's in that everything seems to be about going in and out of applications and the fact that we think about 'multi-tasking' as a thing in itself makes me feel that smartphone innovation needs some kind of a surge. I'm not sure what. BUT again, this is something The Verge should be asking itself rather than accepting and reporting on run of the mill phones. As a last note, Blackberry 10 looked good today, from the little information we were given, they're optimizing the OS so jumping from an app to your messages and email is intuitive rather than tackling the 'problem' of multitasking from a completely wrong angle.
The Verge should write speculative philosophizing articles in the direction of technology much more and in my opinion, this is how it should differentiate it self. Stop asking whether the latest phone is 'good' and start asking, what new thing does it bring to the table and why should I care about this phone as opposed to a phone released last month.