Serendipitous encounters with unfamiliar ideas while browsing for books often leads to new discoveries and inventions. With the decline of brick and mortar bookstores, can these chance encounters move online?
During the creative process, the brain shuts off its normal inhibition of new ideas. Most of the time, it's important to self monitor so you don’t say everything you think or do everything you consider. But when generating new ideas, this function gets in the way.
Photographer David Friedman makes gorgeous mini-documentaries about inventors (32 so far), and his latest is a must-see for anyone who wonders where world-changing technology comes from. Friedman interviewed Steven Sasson, inventor of the digital camera, in Kodak's Rochester, NY headquarters last October, and got a little "product walkthrough" of Sasson's first working camera -- which looks like a clunky '70s Polaroid crossed with a Speak-and-Spell.