Author Archives: Adi Gaskell

Using AI To Support Recombination

  Patented innovations line shelves as shown in the patent library above, and over the years I’ve written a number of times about the increasingly recombinative nature of innovation.  This posits that new innovations are often a combination of existing innovations rather than truly novel ones.  A paper from a few years ago found that roughly 40% of all patents ...

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MIT Shows How To Run Hackathons

I’ve always had mixed feelings towards hackathons, as whilst they undoubtedly bring a lot of focused energy, they often lack any real follow-up, rendering the progress made during the weekend rather isolated. A recent paper in Cell Systems highlights how the MIT Hacking Medicine events do better.  The events, which are open to all, but are especially popular with younger ...

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Report Tracks Progress In Building Digital Economies

There are precious few countries on earth that aren’t trying to develop innovative, digital economies, but a recent report from Tufts University highlights the varying progress made towards that goal around the world. For instance, Singapore, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Estonia (more here), Hong Kong, Japan, and Israel are identified as world leaders in digital ...

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