i sometimes feel like no new software has been written since 1970 and that all we do is mindlessly reinvent

software innovations since 1980:
- torrents
- ...?

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capitalism effectively halts genuine invention by forcing all things to act as financial instruments first and foremost. what cannot profit, cannot exist; so public infrastructure like digital networks can only grow sideways by building bigger and bigger paywalls. volunteer efforts such as linux face a labor ceiling that capitalism can manipulate effortlessly: squeeze the worker, and they lose the bandwidth to volunteer; buy the worker, and you buy control of the project.

@garbados

Fair point. Maybe some software has continued to be invented (Processing, Mozilla, Ubuntu).

The philosopher/psychiatrist duo Deleuze & Guattari proposed that capitalism is adaptable because it amalgamates. When something appears that counters capitalism (the punk movement is a good example) the system integrates then changes this into something economic (sk8r punk) - see their book "Anti-Oedipus"

Hacker culture suffers the same. The culture can be changed (live in hope!)

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