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What would happen if we just stopped inventing things?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7892points) November 18th, 2010

Just stopped inventing altogether, and continued just with what we had. I’m not talking about stopping production of things we already have, but just no new ideas.
What would happen? Do you think we could continue like that?

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iamthemob's avatar

I don’t think it’s humanly possible. Even if it was, we’d be gone pretty soon considering that we’d have to rely permanently on the fossil-fuel based energy economy we have now…and that’s not a good thing.

marinelife's avatar

It would mean changing our entire natures, which I don’t think is possible.

It would be bad for the continuation of life, because without inventiveness how would we handle problems that arose in the future?

wundayatta's avatar

Who is “we?” Americans? People of the world? Anyway, what would happen is that we would gradually start dying off of new diseases and greater competition from other forms of life.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I don’t think that it would be possible, either. Just living from day to day and observing the world around you, you’re bound to come up with an idea for something.

erichw1504's avatar

It wouldn’t be good for the impending zombie apocalypse. We wouldn’t be able to create a cure.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

There have been times where very little, if anything, was invented. It was usually the times in which people couldn’t do anything but fight for their lives every single second of every day. They just didn’t have the time or energy to invent anything.

YARNLADY's avatar

Ha, Ha, What do you mean we? I have never invented anything in my entire life.

pinkpawn's avatar

Quite hard,although human could slow the pace on inventing things. I guess North Korea is doing quite good job on that.

mattbrowne's avatar

We wouldn’t be able to solve the energy and resource crisis. 9 billion people would fight about the last drops of oil and scraps of rare metals.

wundayatta's avatar

@YARNLADY I thought you knitted.

YARNLADY's avatar

@wundayatta Knitting was invented by the Egyptians in ancient times.

flo's avatar

I can’t imagine you mean cure for diseases, and all the rest of the good things.

wundayatta's avatar

@YARNLADY The process is not the product.

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