I got an (paraphrased) answer. â€œYou are correct. The LHCâ€™s primary reason for existence is for the Higgs Boson particle. It has not yet been discovered. The discovery of the Higgs doesnâ€™t have one true value but its implications are great. It is like how the electron was discovered about 100 years ago â€” the advances that were made to society were immense.â€
This week, the Higgs boson’s discovery seems imminent. It isn’t “discovered” in the sense, because the standard model does make the assumption that the Higgs did already exist. If it did not, that would be a fascinating blow to science. Again, the discovery itself is a huge deal. It doesn’t immediately have direct consumer application (like hover boards) but is a stepping stone into a new era of science.
The video above explains the concept of the particle as the one responsible for the meaning of mass.
WIRED Magazine – What can we do with the Higgs boson