People continue to erroneously attribute the following quote to former Director of U.S. Patent Office, Charles H. Duell:
“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”
Far from everything having been invented, we are only scratching the surface. The more we invent, the more others expand upon those ideas. We are continuously standing on the shoulders of taller and taller giants. Thankfully our founding fathers were sufficiently prescient to exploit this exponential advancement of technology. They created a patent system which grants a short term monopoly to inventors in exchange for revelation of their technology to the world.
In his recent TED talk, inventor Woody Norris may just have coined the mantra for the 21st century:
Almost nothing has been invented yet