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The Myth of the Sole Inventor by Mark Lemley :: SSRN
"The point can be made more general: surveys of hundreds of significant new technologies show that almost all of them are invented simultaneously or nearly simultaneously by two or more teams working independently of each other. Invention appears in significant part to be a social, not an individual, phenomenon. Inventors build on the work of those who came before, and new ideas are often "in the air," or result from changes in market demand or the availability of new or cheaper starting materials. And in the few circumstances where that is not true – where inventions truly are "singletons" – it is often because of an accident or error in the experiment rather than a conscious effort to invent. "
invention  innovation  creativity  social  individual  genius  intellectual-property  patents  law 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The Art of Scientific and Technological Innovations : Art of Science Learning
"Most people are at a loss to be able to identify any useful connections between arts and sciences. This ignorance is appalling. Arts provide innovations through analogies, models, skills, structures, techniques, methods, and knowledge. Arts don't just prettify science or make technology more aesthetic
creativity  arts  art  science  inspiration  invention  novelty  learning  education  innovation 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution - Cambridge University Press
Seventeenth-century Europe witnessed an extraordinary flowering of discoveries and innovations. This study, beginning with the Dutch-invented telescope of 1608, casts Galileo's discoveries into a global framework. Although the telescope was soon transmitted to China, Mughal India, and the Ottoman Empire, those civilizations did not respond as Europeans did to the new instrument. In Europe, there was an extraordinary burst of innovations in microscopy, human anatomy, optics, pneumatics, electrical studies, and the science of mechanics. Nearly all of those aided the emergence of Newton's revolutionary grand synthesis, which unified terrestrial and celestial physics under the law of universal gravitation. That achievement had immense implications for all aspects of modern science, technology, and economic development. The economic implications are set out in the concluding epilogue. All these unique developments suggest why the West experienced a singular scientific and economic ascendanc
book  publisher  science  history  17c  europe  curiosity  telescope  invention  discovery  sts 
august 2010 by tsuomela
The Myth Of Creativity
The sobering truth is that the dramatic artistic creations or intellectual insights we most admire for their striking "creativity" matter little for economic growth. Creative new clothes or music may change fashion, but are soon eclipsed by newer fashions. Large and lasting economic innovations, like steam engines or cell phones, are rare and tend to be independently "invented" by many people. One less visionary would matter little.

Instead, the innovations that matter most are the millions of small changes we constantly make to our billions of daily procedures and arrangements.
creativity  invention  novelty  innovation  business  myth 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas - Allison Arieff Blog - NYTimes.com
That’s why I am so enamored with the work of inventor/author/cartoonist/former urban planner Steven M. Johnson, a sort of R. Crumb meets R. Buckminster Fuller. Johnson is a former urban planner, and his work tends toward the nodes where social issues intersect with design and urban planning issues.

In discussing his often fantastical, sometimes silly, sometimes visionary concepts, he has said, “If I could use two words to describe what it is that I enjoy it is that I love to be sneakily outrageous . . . [It may be that] I have decided an idea has no practical worth and would never be likely to be adopted seriously (like most of my ideas), but I like it anyway.”
design  invention  ideas  idea-generation  drawing 
may 2009 by tsuomela
digital digs: on invention: two suns on the horizon
a couple of metaphors for innovation/invention prompted by a trip to Trinity Test Site, New Mexico
creativity  innovation  atomic  metaphor  invention  psychology 
february 2009 by tsuomela
The Difference Between Invention And Innovation In The Netbook Space | Techdirt
This actually highlights something quite common in technology innovation: the difference between the idea, the invention and the actual innovation. Just the idea alone wasn't enough to actually make the product valuable. Finding that real sweetspot is a challenge for just about any product, and it involves an awful lot of experimentation to make it work.
technology  innovation  business  success  invention 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Ponoko
submit designs for objects and have them made custom for you
art  design  invention  creativity  diy  manufacturing  community 
april 2008 by tsuomela
Inventables :: New Materials & Technology Resource for Innovative Design
Intriguing hands-on magazine that includes samples of innovative new materials.
design  magazine  education  business  invention  creativity 
july 2005 by tsuomela

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