“Disruptive” is often used with “innovation” or ”technology”, and in both cases is usually used to highlight something positive. However, “disruptive technology”, particularly the development of AI, is also now widely viewed as being one of three existential risks for humanity, along with nuclear war and climate change... so not entirely positive after all! :-) Personally I would not use the phrase “disruptive contribution”, because almost always there will be a better, more specific adjective to use with the noun “contribution”.
@Vovgan The article containing that phrase was written by an exectutive of an Indian IT giant. He says the U.N. has declared Internet access is a human right and his company is among those who have made the greatest disruptive contribution to fulfill of this right.
Thank you for your up-to-date and suggestive answer! By the way, is "the point I seek to get" a natural expression? If not, what is appropriate? — “the point I try to understand is..” is more natural. “What I try to understand is..” is probably the best. P.S. In the context of your last comment, you should use “informative” instead of “suggestive”. Also, “up-to-date” does not feel natural in this sentence, and I don’t really understand its meaning here. Does it sound natural in Japanese?
@Hiro_Y “... is among those who have made the greatest disruptive contribution to fulfill of this right” - that was exactly my point. Does the word “disruptive” add anything meaningful to the preceding adjective “greatest” in specifying the meaning of that particular contribution? :-) For me, it’s the example par excellence of adding a buzzword just for the sake of using it, not in order to make the meaning clearer. Below is a general advice on how to use adjectives. I’m sure the same parsimonious approach applies to prose in a Japanese as well: “one general note about the use — or over-use — of adjectives: adjectives are frail; don't ask them to do more work than they should. Let your broad-shouldered verbs and nouns do the hard work of description. Be particularly cautious in your use of adjectives that don't have much to say in the first place: interesting, beautiful, lovely, exciting. It is your job as a writer to create beauty and excitement and interest, and when you simply insist on its presence without showing it to your reader — well, you're convincing no one.”
@Vovgan Thank you again for your explanation. "what I try to understand is..." should be a useful expression for me. What I tried to express in "suggestive" was that your explanation that the development of AI is one of the three exitential risks for humanity along with nuclear war and climate change. And because this idea with AI is very new, I tried to express it using the word "up-to-date." If I had used Japanese, I would say 最近の話題を含む、とても示唆に富んだ回答をいただき、ありがとうございました。.
@Vovgan I definately agree with your opinion to adjectives. A refined and bold expression is always short and concise, not wasting needless or redundant modifier. I suppose that "greatest" might have been nothing but boasting of his company's performance.
@Hiro_Y “I suppose that "greatest" might have been nothing but boasting of his company's performance” - true, but it seems that for him even “greatest” did not seem to do justice to explain how much his company has contributed, so he amplified it with “disruptive”. A more modest executive might have said something like: “The U.N. has declared Internet access a basic human right and our company is among those who have contributed to the fulfillment of this right.”
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