Flash Forward: The Risky Business of Innovation

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

For decades, Microsoft Research's Bill Buxton has been tracking innovation through history — online, Buxton maintains an archive of interactive devices, tracking how technology evolves. He's a firm believer that the seeds of our most innovative ideas and products have been around for years, just waiting for the perfect storm of conditions that can turn a good idea into something more potent.


Bill Buxton

Produced by:

Mary Harris

Comments [1]

Angel from Miami, FL

The first viable graphical user interface came from Xerox. But it sat on a shelf until Jobs and Gates came along. Giovanni Caselli made the first commercial fax machine in 1865 but the business world didn't catch on until 100 years later. Apple's Newton and iPad is another example. Many times it's neither the inventor nor the intended industry that knows how to use or develop an idea.

I think most times we just need a fresh pair of eyes to see innovation that's already sitting in small garages and large corporate labs. The financial risks only exist in extending old ideas. We shouldn't even consider those risks when developing new ideas.

Oct. 05 2011 10:25 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.