…mikein NH…definitely a poor choice of words on my part…develope for consumer use for sure,
…I have friends who work in industries who survive on government contracts…it is not unusual for a project to go as long as 20 to 25 years. Missile defense and pharmaceuticals are prime examples of long term planning and co sponsorship of research centers funded by both corporate and public tax dollars to these ends. Primarily, most developments are done at these research centers so we “the people” can have strategic control of these inventions.
The gps system which has been in the planning and control from it’s infancy to now by the defense department…same for the computer industry whose major inventions are overseen co funded and allowed on the market under govt. control. It’s part of our interest and national defense to operate this way. Generally speaking, corporations profit from these enterprises, not from further inventions but from marketing these developments and then only after giving over the appropriate technology to their domestic side. What the car industry uses for domestic production has little to do with new inventions and more about packaging of systems developed through research co funded by corporate and public tax dollars. Would you want it any other way ?
This is one example of what I mean. You will see it in computers to come, but it’s development though supported by te computer industry, is not done by tem directly.