16 March 2003
Disruptive technology is often described as the unexpected breakthrough from an unexpected entrant into an otherwise mature field. One example that gets cited is that the light bulb was not invented by a candle maker seeking to improve his product.
In my lifetime, I foresee many revolutionary businesses which will grow from some form of disruptive technology. Two that immediately spring to mind are:
- Wi-Fi networks as an alternative to cellular and legacy telephone networks
- Fuel cells as an alternative to fossil fuels and dependence on foreign oil imports
Take a look at how far fuel cell technology has come.
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