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Old 06 June 2013, 07:35 AM
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Certainly the Soviets (specifically Svyatoslav Fyodorov) had a good deal to do with the development of LASIK, but I don't think it can fairly be credited to a single person or group -- as with most other technological innovations, it came about through a number of people building upon the discoveries and efforts of others.

In any case, the example illustrates my point: innovations that are antithetical to extensive existing business lines still get developed, because there are plenty of people who aren't in those lines of business and thus have nothing to lose (and a good deal to gain) by pursuing those innovations.
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