But I actually agree that programmers of the past were way more innovative. It's not because there were more great programmers coming up with unique ideas back then, it's just that back in the day you probably didn't have a computer unless you were really passionate about computing and you knew what you were doing. Also, the advances in hardware and software are hardly related; our brains aren't getting smarter as processors get smaller.
I disagree. The difference is that the men of the past have had plenty of time to be filtered out, refined, worked up, and researched. It's the same way with music, there were plenty of half baked idiots in Mozart's era, but they were lost in history through filtering. It's not fair to make that distinction.
We're plenty innovative, you're just too farsighted to see that.