“Why reinvent the wheel?”
Whenever I hear this question (which is a lot), my response is always the same:
“My wheel will be better.”
“Why reinvent the wheel?” asks us to to accept work that has been already done as ideal. It implies that the products of the past are highly effective for our current needs. It insists that time spent on something already completed is a waste of time.
I rarely find any of this to be the case.
As if to drive home this point, researchers at MIT have literally reinvented the wheel, and it’s a hell of a lot better than anything that’s come before it.
Why reinvent the wheel?
Because we should always believe that we can do better.