Guest AuthorPavan Soni

Inflexion Point- Vol. 1

By | Dr Pavan Soni | IIM-B Innovation Evangelist

Hello there!

It was in April 2008, when I was working with Wipro, that an idea took shape of collating and sharing interesting insights on creativity and innovation, and share those with enthusiasts. Almost nine year on, and the community grew from a mere 300 to 13,000. It used to be an e-mail going out on weekly basis, and then the frequency changed to once a month. My time at IIM Bangalore took away a lot of steam. But now, once I am back to ‘market’, here’s Inflexion Point (previously Inflection Point) in a new avatar. It’s now a post that goes out on LinkedInFacebookTwitter, and my blog, again sharing the interesting snippets from the world of creativity, innovation, science, technology, and strategy.

Hope you will find reading this bit informative, and take efforts to share this with those who may get benefited. So here’s Inflexion Point.

Ten breakthrough technologies of 2017

MIT Tech Review has remained an almost authority on the subject of technology. For the year, the ten very interesting technological trends are reversing paralysis, self-driving trucks, facial-recognition for payment authentication, practical quantum computing, 360-degree selfie, hot solar cells, Gene Therapy 2.0, the Cell Atlas, Botnets of Things, and reinforcement learning for machines. (Source: MIT Technology Review)

How cultures shape intelligence

Recent strides in science reveal that most of the differentiating aspects of humans come from out ‘culture’. The evolutionary leap, in fact, is the response of our species to the cultural requirements set on us as we grew. Out abilities to copy complex behaviors and teach shaped our intelligence. Language emerged as a method of teaching and hence coping with continuous complexities. (Source: World Economic Forum)

Brain control via stents

Brain-body communication remains a relatively difficult problem to solve, more so, if the brain has to send thoughts to an external device, such as a exoskeleton. Scientists have come up with stent like implants, borrowing from heart-surgeries, to implant electrodes in human brains that could send accurate signals for bodily actions. This could change the situation of disabilities and other disorders significantly. (Source: New Scientist)

Harnessing serendipity

Several innovations are known to come from chance episodes or lucky accidents. Based on the complexity of components involved and combinations, innovations could either a result of ‘impatient strategy’, or ‘patient strategy’. Drawing the analogy from the culinary space, the author talks about how preparing more complex dishes calls for more patience, complex combinations, and deferred payoffs, but also leads to more chance encounters. A very different take on innovation. (Source: Scientific American)

As a bonus, here’re some interesting infographics.

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