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D104   Category: Questions     Status: New
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Tonight I started thinking about this concept and wanted to see what your thoughts are.  Does innovation always have to be disruptive to its industry?  Does innovation usually shake things up?

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D102   Category: General     Status: New
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The old saying goes that "two minds are better than one".  Do you find this is true when it comes to innovations?

 

In my opinion, unless you already have money banked, then collaborations are almost necessary to move an idea forward, especially if it is something that could become integrated into the fabric of society or has the potential to make serious change.

 

What say you?

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D152   Category: Social Innovati...     Status: New
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Scientists tell the public about the dangers of global warming, but people do not listen. How do you get people to listen? PR has yet to collaborate with scientists, to frame the scientific discoveries in ways that make them actionable to the general public. Anil Dash, a high profile blogger, is helping the White House outreach to scientists to get them to tell their stories on a public site.  This collaborative network between scientists and the general public will add a human element to the fact and figures of global warming.

I agree that it is easy to construe facts and figures in global warming and to follow society rather than changing it oneself.  The audience that Anil hopes to reach is not automobile manufacturers or companies of other fuel consuming products –it is everyday people who can inspire others to use alternative energies. One scientist on the website claims, ‘I’ve been working in climate science for 20 years, and it breaks my heart that people don

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Thats the general idea displayed here: http://www.techdirt.com/blog/itinnovation/articles/20100419/0049489071.shtml

The article states that patented technologies keep competitors from building off of that technology. This has been proven to slow down the pace of innovation, which thrives on collaboration of ideas from as many competitors as possible. So what is the point of patents?

 

I was concerned with several things after reading this article. 

Invention is also a process and often a tedious one that requires perseverance after prolonged failure. Didn’t Thomas Edison try 10,000 experiments with the light bulb before he got it right on the 10,001st try? Too many patents given out for minor modifications to existing models will undoubtedly halt the innovation process. However, patents recognizing a breakthrough invention mark a milestone in the innovation process, and provide points of reference to anyone curious to see how far we have come. 

 

 

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The Palo Alto Research Center recently published a blog picked up by the Economist (http://bit.ly/cNmnJj) on defining, doing and measuring innovation. For defining, the author Mark Bernstein states, "innovation is a valuable change, unconstrained by the way things are." He goes on to list the key ingredients for innovation to include:

  • openness
  • breadth and depth of disciplines
  • range of problems and opportunities
  • market expertise

Do you agree with the author's sentiments on innovation? Is it always valuable change, or need the 4 key ingredients listed? What do you think?

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Arianna Huffington of the Huffington post wrote a follow up article (http://huff.to/9GfB4P) on the state of American innovation to one she posted on Monday, citing statistics showing how America was lagging as an nation for innoation. In this article, she discusses how history and events have impacted America's drive for innovation. After Pearl Harbor, she quotes, in three years not only had the Navy rebuilt but they innovated improved machinery, weaponry, and methodology, as well as bringing women into the workforce. In critical times, America has shown it's colors as an innovation leader in the 20th Century. So what does the current state of affairs mean for innovation? Will a poor economy hinder it, or instead propel it forward in fueled creativity? What do you think?

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In a recent CNN article (http://bit.ly/aSV9Wr) a nanotech cancer treatment has been shown to work in humans. In the study, they looked at three patients with Melanoma, a form of skin cancer, and as one consented to the biopsies, the researchers have conclusive evidence that it was specifically the nanotechology treatment reduced cancer-related protien in that patient.

 

This is a real milestone for innovations in technology and it's applications in medicine. What are your thoughts about this? Curing cancer now, what can we accomplish next?

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Intel just announced the "Invest in America Alliance" iniative to lead a $3.5 billion effort to advance US tech and innovation.  The Alliance investment is led by 24 venture capital firms and 17 technology companies (e.g. Intel, Cisco, Dell, eBay, EMC, Google, HP, Microsoft, etc.) to further advancements over the next two years in clean technology, information technology, and biotech.  The Alliance has also created an objective to create 10,500 new jobs for college graduates in the next year.

 

The reason for doing this, according to Intel CEO Paul Otellini was: "Unfortunately, long-term investments in education, research, digital technology, and human capital have been steadily declining in the U.S. So, too, has the commitment to policies that made us such an entreprenuerial powerhouse for more than a century."

 

To read the full article from Mashable, you can check it over here: http://bit.ly/9J4Sfj

 

What do you think of the "Invest in America Alliance" announcement?

 

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A Chicago green roof connects two of the windy-city’s largest buildings –DePaul University and its student housing. The student housing building is taller than the university building so the walkway so the Green City Roof is sloped. The design allows stairs for students to cross from one building to the other, with a park and garden plots allocated throughout the green incline. Could the inclined surface be used for recreational uses such as jogging or playing Frisbee?

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E-skin is the thin membrane that will go over future robots’ metal hands and give them the ability to sense different pressures when picking up and moving objects. The material could also be used in conjunction with prosthetic limbs in humans. The ability to determine the optimal amount of pressure with which to grasp an object has long been a problem with many robots, which should cease to be a problem with E-skin.

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