Recently while describing some bold "next-gen" concepts with my prototyper, he suddenly blurted out in exasperation, "Please stop saying next-gen! Everybody is saying next-gen!" I paused for a second, taken aback by this unexpected outburst by my typically reticent coworker, and then started laughing. Indeed, he was correct. There is a buzzwordy usage of next-gen, akin to game-changing or disruptive, phrases indicative of the attitudes and values of the current tech scene, thrown about pervasively, if not always convincingly. It seems that next-gen has become another cliché, and thus somewhat meaningless as a result. Yet if we take a…
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