In 1986 I bought a number of Amstrad 8526 desktop computers for the office. They had 256k of memory, a 12 inch monochrome green screen, and a simple word processing program called “Locoscript.” It booted up in about 10 seconds, and they still were working when they went to the tip, in which time they had no patches and no updates.
They did everything we needed to do, and the training time was 10 minutes.
Then came Microsoft and Word, and. 34 years later, I still more or less do the same things on my current machine as I did then. I type things and then print them out. However, now, Word drives me to distraction, and its insistence on doing things I don’t want is irritating. I use 5% (if that) of its functionality. My 8 core machine has 2.7 billion transistors equivalent and in the morning after I switch it on I then go and make tea whilst it boots up and fires up x hundred background jobs.
If I spent one fifth of the time on actually producing something instead of playing with the keyboard pads and fiddling with SysEx I’d have a huge catalogue.
Here’s the laws of music tech
1 No new user feature ever goes uncriticised
2 Work output declines as outboard devices proliferate
3 Creativity has no correlation with sample loop count
4 Need for musical knowledge is in inverse proportion to the number of VST’s on a machine,
I think what @jamieh is saying lets do what we can with what we have, rather than envisaging what we might do on version N+1.