yeah I've heard the term "horseless carriage" the first time in art-theory to illustrate how you are unable to create fully new ideas, and even if you could how the world would not have it.
You would just be a crazy person.
People need to advance from stuff they know.
For example that wheel of yours.. probably there was a time where people used wet mud to move heavy stuff then
someone figured you could use rolling tree trunks then
the step to wheels wasn't as big as before. probably still took many generations though..
I personally always like the broomstick thing, I believe there was this hand duster for eons before someone finally figured you could just put a stick on it and save your back from aching as much.
For example look at art as an idea, it start as a mix of skills, social status, communication, sacred, representation, etc ... as it evolve some aspect became streamline (design) other get branched (craft), etc...
Depending on your definitions this is mildly wrong to completely wrong.
Art (for arts sake) is a rather new invention (19th century) where crafts and design go back much much further.(stoneage) Unless you mean something else with art?
I do like your original post (on borderlands ripping artstyle/artdirection/scens/shots) and it makes me sad people get away with it and be praised on their innovative ways, while they are just stealing styles. Usually the "good artists copy but great artists steal" Picasso quote isn't very far at that point. I once read where that quote originally came from (Picasso just copied it) but I cannot find it anymore (damn you steve jobs)