"The fact is that innovation was a little different in the 20th century. It’s not easy (now) to come up with greater and different things," Donofrio said. "If you’re looking for the next big thing, stop looking. There’s no such thing as the next big thing," he added.
Meanwhile, in the agricultural sector…’ is a project by dutch artist Paul Segers created for the exhibition ‘Beeld Hal Werk’ in an old industrial hall in Amsterdam which included some 59 sculptors works. The work was inspired from Louis-Ferdinand Celine’s ‘Death on Credit’ where a pseudo scientist wants to increase the size and quantity of his crops by radiating the land with an expensive electronic system, only to harvest small rotten and maggot-infested potatoes. The modern version of the land scanner/beamer is being towed by the artist on a 1952 caterpillar bulldozer.
Jacques Louis Vidal'sAYou are What You Look At presents a series of new collages, sculptures, and architectural fragments which together propose a willful confabulation of the artist's true personal history, narratives, beliefs, and emotions culled from a selection of media sources. The varied source materials (a black nationalist magazine, an infomercial on transparency, and stills from a crime TV show, amongst others) come packaged with equally varied ideals, and while these are acknowledged in their transformation, this may be beside the point. Vidal has endeavored to create what he calls a "self-thing synthesis" by creating rooms, or "isolation klosets," which are meant to force him to focus on these things, and vice versa. The traditional transformative relationship with which artists engage their chosen materials is here evoked specifically for it's often ignored reciprocal nature.
Venkatesh Rao reviews three books and a recent documentary about garbage-ARubbish: The Archeology of Garbage by William Rathje and Cullen Murphy (1992), Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte (2005), Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage by Heather Rogers (2005) and the CNBC documentary, Trash Inc.: The Secret Life of Garbage. Who knew?
People who are opinionated and closed minded (sometimes euphemistically characterized as being "strong in their convictions") live in castles. Interested only in the defense of their opinions, they throw up walls and embattlements from which to protect and defend their firmly entrenched beliefs against attack. Castles by their very nature, while good for defense, are set in stone and cannot move, which is just fine with the opinionated person.
In contrast, good critical thinkers live in tents. Interested only in moving their opinions as close to the truth as possible, they must be able to pull up tent stakes and relocate as new arguments and new evidence cause them to reconsider their opinions. Tents by their very nature are not defensible, but that's fine. The critical thinker doesn't regard a criticism or disagreement as an attack to be defended against, but rather as a helpful tip that suggests a better campsite just over the next hill.
Patents are at the heart of countless technologies, and that can make life difficult for smaller startups, which are less likely than big companies to be patent-holders themselves. Aiming to create opportunity, innovation and new businesses in southern Sweden, theAMobile Heights Business Center is a partnership between local industry, academia and the public sector that offers approved participants access to a bank of unexplored patents, business ideas and solutions requested by industry.
Anyone can apply for membership with MHBC, which requires an interview and test to prove the applicant’s entrepreneurial drive. Once approved, members are presented with a wide variety of as-yet-untapped patents and other business ideas provided by participating members of the telecom industry, including TeliaSonera, Ericsson and The Astonishing Tribe. In "Crash Lab" sessions led by professional business advisors, members can discuss any ideas they may have as a result; once a week, meanwhile, representatives from industry join in to listen and offer advice. Next, entrepreneurs develop a business plan with support from professional legal, HR, PR, marketing and business advisors. When they’re ready, they can present that plan at an "Investment Day" open to active investors. Spin-off companies are expected to show a positive cash flow within two years.
According to today's conventional scientific wisdom, time flows strictlyAforward a from the past to the future through the present.A We can remember the past, and we can predict the future based on the past (albeit imperfectly) a but we can'tAperceive the future.
But if the recent data from the lab of Prof. Daryl Bem at Cornell University is correct, conventional scientific wisdom may need some corrections on this particular point.
In a research paper titled Feeling the Future, recently accepted for publication in the prestigiousAJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, Bem presents some rather compelling empirical evidence
that in some cases a and with weak but highly statistically significant accuracy - many human beings can directly perceive the future. ANot just predict it based on the past.
18 iconic products that America doesn’t make anymore….c’mon America- you can do it!