The Return Of Inventors
from the forget-that-innovation-crap dept
We all know the stories of the big name inventors from a century ago: Thomas Edisons, Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright Brothers (among, many many others) who all came up with unique new products. Over the last century, though, the role of the inventor has faded. Corporate research began to take over, and as such, the incentives skewed more towards focusing on innovation, rather than pure research and invention. However, now, a few companies are looking to swing the pendulum back the other way and bring back the age of the inventor. While the article makes it out to be something new, I’m not so sure that’s accurate. A number of companies have tried to build themselves up around performing basic research, and many have struggled when that research failed to produce anything that could eventually be commercialized. Still, there’s nothing wrong with encouraging invention – it just remains to be seen if it’s really possible to create companies that are only focused on invention creation.