... there is nothing fundamentally new about what is being introduced.
That's true, but what does it matter? There's nothing I can do with say I couldn't do with print, but say is more convenient. There's nothing I can do with Moose I couldn't do by hand, but it's more readable, shorter, and easier to use.
As I see it, a feature that makes it more pleasant to write code, easier to write correct code, and simpler to understand code is a benefit, even if that feature adds nothing fundamentally new from a CS perspective or a UX perspective or whatever theoretical perspective you prefer.
(That's part of my gripe about P6. It adds a lot of nice newish features that probably meet your criteria for fundamental newness, but it's failed to deliver anything practical directly for my uses in 13 years. It's only due to the hard work of people working on things that aren't P6 that we have anything at all practical from the effort.)