Unlike the lies that the capitalists taught us to believe, the capitalist system does not promote innovation. Instead, it promotes monopolization and monetization while actually discouraging competition. The best advances in science and technology were not made through capitalism but through cooperation between industry and government with open standards being enforced. For a period of about 30 years of American history, we saw just how effectively cooperation between industry, government, and university worked. The bottom line is that socialism advances humanity.
The space race accelerated the advancement of rocketry, computing, and telecommunications. AT&T, the United States government, and the University of California collaborated to create and advance UNIX and the TCP/IP suite of protocols that formed the foundation of the internet. Imagine if these were not done as open standards and done by today’s economic model. Everything would be Windows-based and crash constantly but it would be protected.
Open standards brought us the world wide web courtesy of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Sir Tim made his http protocol widely available for free. Then the Apache Foundation built a free web server for which to serve web pages to the masses. Capitalism did not bring us these technologies. Instead, it brought us the abomination that the PDF and Flash Player were/are. Capitalism brought us nothing but misery. It brought us spam and centralized email handling and delivery to a few poor providers like Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo. It brought us spam and seedy porn and took away the educational value of the internet.
Capitalism is a cancer for innovation. Computers today are built like GM cars of the 1970s; which is to say poorly and disposable. Software that is not open source is equally as poor.