Hahaha what government invented the wheel pray tell? Any government invention was at the expense of consumers, because the government can only steal and re-direct resources. So any time their agents invent something, the government first had to take resources from where consumers wanted it most and directed it to something else. In spite of that, comparing the innovations from the market to innovations of the government is like comparing RIchmond's 2019 side to University's 1914 side.Consumers decide on which technologies exactly?
You mean technologies like the internet (developed by the US Military), graphical user interface in operating systems (invented by Xerox with massive government subsidies, along with the mouse), wifi (major patents come from CSIRO) etc.
Let's face it, if left to the private sector we would still be trying to invent the wheel.