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 […]

Does innovation need science?

Let’s talk about science. But not from the perspective of what science is. Rather, let’s look at the demand side: What roles does science play in innovation? Does innovation need science at all? Maybe I should testify under oath that I have a passion for science before I address such heretic questions, but let’s see […]

“Technological innovation” is redundant …

When talking about innovation you’ve surely seen fierce discussion over how much the engineers contributed, how much the sales people, how much the administrators, and so on. That usually moves into debate over technological innovation (the engineers’ part) and other kinds of innovation, like business innovation or organisational innovation. Well, I’d argue that every innovation […]

The essence of technology

If you ask people’s ideas about technology, you’ll get a mixed bag of answers. Ranging from outright fascination, through perfect indifference, to utter scepticism. Technology is understood to be somewhat related to progress, it seems to evolve over time, and it is tied to change in society as well. What you won’t get, though, is a […]

From a macro perspective

If you want to investigate the development of mankind from a macro perspective, don’t be shy, do it at a truly global scale. And if you want to look at that development over long periods of time, why not begin with, say, the end of the last ice age, some 16,000 years ago? Too ambitious? […]