Innovation, Ideas and the Global Standard of Living
by Charles Kenny: "The Success of Development
acts like a sword through many of the Gordian knots plaguing the development community, especially those surrounding the rate of economic growth in many developing countries. Put that question to one side, says Kenny, and suddenly a lot of much more interesting questions, about issues like education and healthcare and clean water and human rights, come into a lot more focus. And if you use those metrics, rather than GDP growth
, to judge the success or failure of developing countries, then things look rather more optimistic than you might think." (pdf
) Glenn Hubbard's review
, cf. Technological Creativity and Economic Progress [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on Jun 25, 2009 -
NEA Jazz in the Schools
takes a step-by-step journey through the history of jazz, integrating that story with the sweep of American social, economic, and political developments. This multi-media curriculum is designed to be as useful to high school history and social studies teachers as it is to music teachers. Start with the introductory video
to get a feel for the place. The education outline contains five lessons
. If you just want to listen, all the music samples
are on one page. Perhaps you're more interested in individual artist biographies
, or a jazz history timeline
. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on May 21, 2009 -
Thomas A. Edison
did not simply invent; he created the invention industry. He not only inspired the American Industrial Revolution, he provided the model for modern R&D concepts. Perhaps his greatest success beyond his legacy of innovation and invention is the introduction of team-based research. The Edison Innovation Foundation
is using Edison's Invention Factory
to educate the next generation of inventors.
posted by netbros
on Jul 29, 2008 -
, take a ride
at some of the Islamic Art
of the past. Or, you could call it Art
of the Islamic World
if you're so inclined. If not, then how about taking into account some of the major milestones
throughout the centuries
, from past
(more examples here
), including the art
. Not to mention the Arab
world's contribution to music
, both old
, and here
, with a wonderful
comment from nickyskye
posted by hadjiboy
on May 29, 2008 -
Dean Kamen's Artificial "Luke" Arm
- Segway inventor reinvents the prosthetic arm: "I've been able to do stuff with this that I haven't, seriously haven't, done in 26 years... uh, pick up a banana, peel a banana and eat it without it squishening... I can't wait to get one of these in a real environment, a home environment, and actually my wife can't either. She's going, oh yeah, I got lots of stuff for you to do."
posted by kliuless
on Feb 19, 2008 -
Wanna get nuked? the Active Denial System
[just say no?] was launched yesterday - its a microwave ray gun that makes people feel like they're going to catch fire. Wasn't there a ray gun at a certain point in a book we trashed
a while earlier?
posted by infini
on Jan 25, 2007 -
The face of gaming. (via /.)
A glance down memory lane to 20 years ago, when games looked and felt completely different. Were those old games really as great as our memories
tell us? Other than all of our graphical splendor, can we really say that games have had any real new innovation
posted by mystyk
on Mar 23, 2006 -
Thought titanium was 'a bit different' for your wedding rings? Have you considered a ring made from your own bioengineered bone tissue?* Apparently the instigators are "...interested in how technological innovation is used by human needs and desire rather than the pure functionality of the innovation." A short report here
*May require extraction of wisdom teeth
posted by biffa
on Jun 10, 2005 -
Review of "A Possible Declining Trend for Worldwide Innovation,"
by Jonathan Huebner, who says the rate of human innovation has been steadily declining since the industrial revolution, and is headed toward an "economic limit" of very low apparent innovation that will be reached circa 2038. As one potential explanation, we must consider the possibility that human-initiated innovation, like energy consumption and population growth, is a process that naturally saturates with rising global income levels and technological intelligence--as technological progress increasingly satisfies current human needs, individuals become less concerned with technological development and turn more toward personal growth. More articles from Acceleration Watch
posted by stbalbach
on Jun 2, 2005 -
Marvel Comics sues NCsoft and Cryptic Studios,
the makers of the online game City of Heroes
for player created content they feel infringes on their copyright. If Marvel wins the case, all game developers can expect to be held responsible for the behavior of their players. This case covers similar ground to the proposed Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act
, which is before a Senate Judiciary Committee. Introduced to crack down on illegal file sharing on peer-to-peer networks, the bill would hold technology companies liable for manufacturing products that encourage people to infringe copyrights. The language of the bill caused an uproar
among technology and consumer advocates who claimed it would kill innovation. If successful in their lawsuit, would Marvel be able to sue the makers of pens and pencils
for producing products that allow people to create pictures of copyrighted characters?
posted by Stuart_R
on Nov 16, 2004 -
Making the Modern World brings you powerful stories about science and invention from the eighteenth century to today. It explains the development and the global spread of modern industrial society and its effects on all our lives. The site expands upon the permanent landmark gallery at the Science Museum, using the Web and dynamic multimedia techniques to go far beyond what a static exhibition can do.
, excellent content
posted by tcp
on Jul 12, 2004 -
Software innovation is dead.
I have to agree that there hasn't been anything truly exciting coming out of the software community as of late, at least anything that is going to change the way we do things like e-mail and P2P did.
posted by archimago
on Feb 9, 2004 -
"I think the word they are replacing is 'invention.'
Only now we innovate, which is deliberately vague but seems to stop somewhere short of invention. Innovators have wiggle room. They can steal ideas, for example, and pawn them off as their own. That's the intersection of innovation and sharp business. " Cringley puts his finger on a crucial difference, touching not only on the core of ethics but on the connection to real progress.
posted by weston
on Sep 5, 2003 -
definitely provides some great new ideas - both innovative and practical for the near future (i.e., heartbeat sensor, adaptive headlights)
posted by adamms222
on Jul 15, 2003 -
What is Film Sampling?
According to Mike Myers
and Dreamworks Films, it's a revolutionary way to insert himself into old movies by using the wonders of technology. Have we created so much content in the past 50 years that it needs to be recycled before there is room for anything truly new? Will this work for films the way it's 'worked' in Music? Will the next generation of filmmakers be Puff Daddy clones reworking classic films, and are there films that should never, ever be touched?
posted by cell divide
on Feb 19, 2003 -
Is Bill Gates behind the times?
(NYT link - reg req'd) Microsoft today introduced designs for "a new class of watch" which can "provide weather information, text messages and other data." The simplest versions "will cost less than $150," the story says.
But Timex currently offers its own, cheaper version: the Internet Messenger Watch
for only US$50, and a year's free service, for almost the same features.
Is Microsoft actually behind
the times with their 'innovation'? Is this embarrassing for the software giant?
posted by busbyism
on Jan 9, 2003 -
HOW TO GET RICH, by Jared Diamond.
An academic justification for the pluralist society?
Clay Shirley (guest blogger @ B-B) makes the point: "In a finding that everyone worried about having a single global IP regime should read, Diamond concludes that innovation requires having several different legal, cultural and technological regimes at the same time, in competition with one another. Columbus had to go to several countries before he got funding for the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Had there been a pan-European agreement on naval expeditions, he would never have left port.
" [More inside]
*Warning*: 12, easily read pages in link. I hope this thread is a grower...
posted by dash_slot-
on Nov 14, 2002 -
Airplanes, movies, guided missiles, submarines, the electric chair, air conditioning , the fax machine - in 1870
" Alvin Toffler, John Naisbitt, Faith Popcorn: all of them famous prognosticators. Yet each comes off a piker when compared to the true master of industrial clairvoyance, Jules Verne."
posted by Voyageman
on Apr 1, 2002 -
Australian Man Patents The Wheel
This story reads as if it was meant to be in The Onion
Freelance patent lawyer John Keogh was issued with an Innovation Patent for a "circular transportation facilitation device" ... in May. But he has no immediate plans to patent fire, crop rotation or other fundamental advances in civilisation.
posted by wackybrit
on Jul 2, 2001 -
teens spin web of the future.
great article re: the winners of a competition for teenagers maintaining useful, unique, nonprofit sites.
Emily Boyde, 17, of Newcastle, Australia, was the only female finalist. Her Web site, MatMice
, allows kids to create their own Web sites and view sites made by their friends.
She taught herself to write HTML, the language used to create Web sites.
"I don't know a lot of other females who do this sort of thing," she said. "But after I saw the Internet, I liked the look of it. So I decided to learn to use it myself."
Emily rocks my world.
What do you think of the winners?
posted by gusset
on Jun 25, 2000 -
Those of you who're Slashdot kids have probably already seen this new computer made in Taiwan, but it's so small
, it may have been overlooked.
posted by jason
on Apr 23, 2000 -
Oh my god. With this new site
, Microsoft just crossed an invisible line of decency. Who are they kidding? Would you believe any pro-Microsoft commentary on the site came from a site visitor and not an internal MS employee? They've just lost what little credibility they had left.
posted by mathowie
on Nov 9, 1999 -