Archive for the Out of your mind Category
I confess to being inspired by Harry Pearce and his book Conundrums – a beautiful collection of typographic puzzles.
Being a typophile, I thought I’d try my hand at a few of my own.
So, here begins a series of typographical conundrums with an IP (intellectual property) bent, fashioned after Harry Pearce and constrained to the same rules as his: one box, two colours, one typeface.
One a week, so watch this space.
Why do space suits matter for inventors or entrepreneurs wanting to take a product to market?
It’s not to make a fashion statement, help defend against rejection from potential investors/customers, or to attract attention. Rather, the process of designing, developing and making space suits matters because it helps teach us something about the way we make decisions.
In terms of decision theory, the process appears to epitomise the “maximising” approach to decision-making strategies – i.e. identifying an “optimal solution” for each of a number of problems before making a decision. Or, so it seems…
Contagion of ideas: the meme
In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” as a unit or measure of cultural transmission – the process in which ideas, behaviour, style or other aspects of culture spread, “transmit” or self-propagate much in the way that genes propagate in the gene pool.
So, what do patents have to do with memes?
The all-important filing date provides a clue to the answer. This is because patents are ultimately a product of their times. They reflect current cultural beliefs, values and trends – albeit with an eye to the future. FULL POST
The average inventor is more likely to be:
- Older – there is a higher incidence of inventors aged in their 40s to 50s who file patents; and
- Self determining – an inventor is less likely to be associated with a large firm or a university.
Inventors do not have disproportionally more genius genes, but are highly motivated and therefore are driven to make a difference. Studies of identical twins separated at birth indicates that creative thinking is:
- less genetically based (estimated to be a one third contribution);
- more learning based (estimated to be a two-thirds contribution) leading to creating confidence in the capacity to create.
What does the above profile represent? FULL POST
Focus the time period to visualise the uptake of your technology
Successful inventors place their invention into the future by boot-strapping to, and improving on, known technologies. Inventors keep in mind the futurist’s rule of thumb that new technology’s:
- speed of uptake is overestimated; and
- impact is underestimated.
So let’s go on a journey. FULL POST