A continuing series:
As Sam Harris put it, we are talking about cultures that would have thought the wheelbarrow a radical invention.
"Cultures" meaning those of the Ancient Near East, in what is commonly known as "Biblical times." And yes, the wheelbarrow would have been a radical invention, for the simple reason that the technology of the wheelbarrow would not have been wasted on peasants, or been possible without blacksmithing and metallurgy which was turned to weapons of war (chariots and swords, which existed even in "Biblical times." Solomon, as Walter Brueggemann has pointed out, was an arms dealer; he sold chariots and swords, among other things). No thought was given to turning that technology into something that made labor easier or more efficient. The Egyptians had chariots, but they built the pyramids without wheelbarrows. Why? Because they believed in magic? Or because it didn't occur to them to make labor easier for those who labored? And what turned our attention to the laborer, the worker, the people at "the bottom"?
Oddly enough, a religion out of the Ancient Near East. Today we call it "Christianity." And today we make devices to make life easier for the wealthy and the powerful; for the workers? Crops not harvested by machine are still harvested by hand. Field workers still use ancient technologies like ladders and baskets and bags to pick our food and harvest our crops. I'm sure there's a "radical invention" possible to make labor easier for them, but who cares? We want new apps and phones!