Posts Tagged ‘technology’

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    Innovative Challenges

    Feb 25, 11 • 462 Views • No Comments

    Is it likely that, with each new discovery, innovation gets tougher? It might have been easier to identify an asteroid a century ago because the undiscovered ones were very big. It might have been simpler to find a new human organ; the last one, the......  [read more]

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    Watson Wins

    Feb 18, 11 • 468 Views • No Comments

    Playing against Jeopardy champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, Watson, the IBM computer won. Imagine three podiums. One is labeled Ken, the middle one Watson, and the third one, Brad. IBM assured everyone that Watson had no internet access and all three......  [read more]

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    What’s Cooking?

    Feb 4, 11 • 413 Views • No Comments

    The kitchen that my mother used 50 years ago is really not that different from the one we use today. Electricity, a mechanical refrigerator, and hot and cold running water have been here for a long time. But 60 years before that, the kitchen was a very......  [read more]

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    Random Technology Notes

    Jan 13, 11 • 495 Views • No Comments

    In 1810, Nicholas Appert, a cook and bottler, inserted some food in a Champagne bottle, sealed it, and placed it in boiling water. Described by James Burke in Circles: Fifty Roundtrips Through History, Technology, Science, Culture, a French newspaper said......  [read more]

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    Idea Incubators and Economic Growth

    Jun 28, 10 • 473 Views • No Comments

    It is so tempting to assume that we get the best results when we tell people what to do. If we want to use less oil, then pass laws that encourage us to invent better batteries. Yes? Using Selman Waksman as an example, retired Harvard professor David S.......  [read more]