Innovation and revolution in science

A lot has been said already about the role of science as an essential underpinning of innovation. But apart from this perspective of innovation through science, there’s another aspect of the science-innovation relation I’d like to cast some light on: How does innovation in science work? The best point of departure for such a discussion, […]

Pushing a rope … ??

The longer I think about it, the more I cannot hide the impression that our approach to innovation, and to technology in specific, is similar to pushing a rope. To some extent, that reasoning constitutes part four to the two part series on expectations and realities (see parts one, two, and three). Let me explain. We […]

Society’s ambiguity

Over the last few days I’ve been pondering that maybe I need to write a part 3 to the two-part series on expectations and realities. No kidding. It seems that I missed an important aspect of our unrealistic expectations: the ambiguous attitude towards technology that runs through today’s western societies. Even in these technologically advanced […]

How much innovation can society cope with?

Earlier on I posted that innovation essentially is change that generates value for society. From that perspective, society should just embrace every bit of innovation it could get hold of, shouldn’t it? However, there are two fundamental obstacles. The first elephant in the room is of psychological nature, I’d call it “change fatigue”: the very […]

The myth of unlimited capacity

Humanity has proved to be incredibly innovative in adjusting our living conditions to our advantage. This success story appears to predate written history, and one might draw the conclusion to our collective ingenuity was absolutely superior and capable of mastering any kind of problem. But is this really true?? Let’s think twice. Our track record […]