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Reads tagged with “innovation”

Freeman Dyson on Tool-Creation, Technology, and What Makes a Scientific Revolution
Freeman Dyson on Tool-Creation, Technology, and What Makes a Scientific Revolution

“In every human culture, the hand and the brain work together to create the style that makes a civilization.”

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Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects
Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects

The ever-expanding definition and cultural role of design in the age of sensors, data, and responsive interfaces.

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Thomas Edison’s To-Do List, 1888
Thomas Edison’s To-Do List, 1888

What ink for the blind has to do with marine telegraphy and electrical pianos.

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How Ignorance Fuels Science and the Evolution of Knowledge
How Ignorance Fuels Science and the Evolution of Knowledge

“We judge the value of science by the ignorance it defines.”

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People-Dependent Technology: Designing with Our Highest Ideals for One Another
People-Dependent Technology: Designing with Our Highest Ideals for One Another

“…design everything on the assumption that people are not heartless or stupid but marvellously capable, given the chance.”

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Powershift: Alvin Toffler Visionary Wisdom on the Age of Post-Fact Knowledge and the Super-Symbolic Economy
Powershift: Alvin Toffler Visionary Wisdom on the Age of Post-Fact Knowledge and the Super-Symbolic Economy

“We are interrelating data in more ways, giving them context, and thus forming them into information; and we are assembling chunks of information into larger and larger models and architectures of knowledge.”

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French Polymath Henri Poincaré on How the Inventor’s Mind Works, 1908
French Polymath Henri Poincaré on How the Inventor’s Mind Works, 1908

Why to create is to choose the right combinations.

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Free Radicals: How Anarchy and Serendipity Fueled Science, from Newton to Tesla to Steve Jobs
Free Radicals: How Anarchy and Serendipity Fueled Science, from Newton to Tesla to Steve Jobs

How Goethe fueled Tesla, why Newton pricked his own eye, and other lessons in breaking the rules of science.

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The Idea Factory: Insights on Creativity from Bell Labs and the Golden Age of Innovation
The Idea Factory: Insights on Creativity from Bell Labs and the Golden Age of Innovation

Successful innovation requires the meeting of the right people at the right place with just the right problem.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: A Story of Passion and Possibility
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: A Story of Passion and Possibility

What bamboo poles and bicycle chains have to do with sparking the spirit of entrepreneurship.

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