In other words commercial R&D has to be obviously profitable, in a short-to-medium term. It can't be tentative or exploratory, curious or inquisitive. It must be about earning, with no regard for learning.
There are two things to note here. First, you clearly don't any experience with commercial R&D. It can be more farsighted and considerably more effective than the publicly funded equivalent (in large part because they have a goal other than burning a certain amount of public funding).
Second, commercial R&D is not the only sort of privately funded R&D. The Keck Telescopes in Hawaii, for example, are privately funded, but they aren't for profit.
In other words, tremendous costs, paltry returns, and the real R&D gets disguised as "derivative products".
You made that up.
Maybe you ought to research NASA's "spinoffs" some time and see how much work is actually done by the private side.
There is ZERO requirement for public-funded R&D to be more expensive than commercial, less productive than commercial or in any way shady.
There's no requirement for this R&D to be more useless, it just is.
The real question is why you trust corporations
Nope. I don't trust business. It's just an observation that they do R&D better than government does. And there's a simple model of self-interest that explains why that happens.
Ask yourself, if drug companies could cure serious ailments, would they?
Yes and no. If the business has huge income now and in the future from a treatment for a serious ailment, they won't be so interested in killing that golden goose for a cure. But if they don't and they can take out a competitor's cash cow, then sure, they would. Not every drug company has such indefinite treatments for every disease. Small businesses in particular don't have this problem.
So perhaps you ought to look at what obstacles there are to small businesses developing cures. First and foremost is a complex regulatory process that can cost tens to hundreds of millions of dollars per eventual successful drug to navigate. That's not imposed by corporations but by various developed world governments.
Your ability to dictate company behaviour is an illusion, citizen.
I merely note that this is routinely observed phenomena.
Take a look at glorious situations like... EA.
I have no dealings with EA, but their customers continue to buy EA's products. If you buy crap, you get crap.
These companies are screwing us around. And we - as individuals - have no influence on them.
Except the obvious - don't buy their stuff. All this crap doesn't matter to the people who don't own their stuff.
Sure it is. But if their job is "learning", then they have a long way to go. I recommend starting with some lessons on economics.
I don't trust you to influence them, frankly.
I don't trust you to buy an Apple product much less recommend anything for NASA, but that's not my problem. When NASA or other government agencies squander my money, then it becomes my problem.