Evan Schwartz writes and speaks about invention, innovation, and the impact of new technology on business and society. He is a former editor at BusinessWeek and he is currently a contributing writer for MIT's Technology Review. Mr. Schwartz is the author of The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television, Digital Darwinism, Webonomics and Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives World Class Inventors. While researching and writing Juice, Mr. Schwartz served as a consulting editor for the Lemelson-MIT Program for Invention and Innovation at MIT's School of Engineering. Mr. Schwartz received a B.S. in computer science from Union College in Schenectady, New York.
Journalist and author, Evan Schwartz (gotjuice.org) said invention is one of the oldest forces of mankind and he discussed both the creative process and the suppression behind current and past inventions. There is an old saying that it is "safer to invent the future than predict it," and inventors may feel that their concepts give them power over the future, he noted. Different creative strategies have been employed, he detailed, such asDa Vinci using analogy to formulate his flying designs and Edison combining many inventions together into a system. Schwartz commented that inventors such as Edison and Alexander Graham Bell were the heroes of their day but today's inventors are perceived more as "kooky" outcasts working in their basements. This transition took place partially because corporations began taking control of more and more patents, as well as working to suppress technology they viewed as being bad for their business, he explained. Governments can seize inventions, said ... More »Host: George Noory