Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

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    Stagnation or Education?

    Nov 19, 11 • 256 Views • No Comments

    Is the problem stagnation or education? For George Mason economist Tyler Cowen, it was all about his grandmother. Debating MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson, Cowen reminded us that a long list of innovations including cars, antibiotics and refrigerators...  [read more]

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    “Tweakers”

    Nov 9, 11 • 289 Views • No Comments

    Referring to Steve Jobs, most of us think of innovation and entrepreneurship. Like Thomas Friedman in “(Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs,” we imagine business starters and young Thomas Edisons. Instead, in the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell tells us...  [read more]

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    The Future of Oil

    Nov 8, 11 • 247 Views • No Comments

    When will we run out of oil? A room full of pistachios might have the answer. In the first several pages of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance, a teacher says you have been given a room filled 5 feet high with pistachio nuts. The nuts are free, you are...  [read more]

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    Innovation and Jobs

    Oct 26, 11 • 1572 Views • No Comments

    Just say, “More productivity, R & D and economies of scale,” and you are talking about large firms. New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki reminds us that too often we glorify small businesses and forget how A&P, Walmart and their...  [read more]

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    Millionaire Inventors

    Oct 21, 11 • 289 Views • No Comments

    Assume you have $1.4 million dollars that you want to give away. Your goal is to spur the development of new technology, but just not any innovation–something that you want people to invent. Which technology would you choose? The people at the X Prize...  [read more]