in its infancy

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in its infancy

In the early, nascent period of development or implementation. (Typically of an area of activity, interest, research, etc.) Despite social media's ubiquity in modern life, research on its effects on human behavior is still in its infancy.
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"Last year [the sector] was still in its infancy stages - the iPad was just kicking off last June, and it wasn't really available in the market.
Stopped in its infancy by bureaucratic red tape, Stephanie's day care center became a victim of racism.
In its infancy, the internet was metaphorically dubbed the Information Superhighway, with its attendant on-ramps, potholes, and slow and fast lanes.
Moreover, remember that the internet is still in its infancy. We are looking at the equivalent of silent movies; in a few years, we're going to look back at this stuff and laugh (just as we now ridicule those first-generation PCs that wowed us little more than 10 years ago).
While the effort is still in its infancy, the goal is to convert the dumb order-taking computer into a thinking problem solver.
While the effort is still in its infancy, the goal is to convert the dumb, order-taking computer into a thinking problem solver.