Innovation Is Not About Lone Geniuses and Free Markets

December 05, 2019

Wired magazine dares to challenge and deconstruct one of the media’s and the Western world’s dominant memes about the economy. The article introduces its readers to Italian-American economist Mariana Mazzucato, who recently launched a frontal attack on modern capitalism’s favorite fairy...

Why Drones Delivering Packages in Cities Won’t Take Off

January 12, 2017

The practical reality of using drones in cities remains far away and is getting ever more distant. You may have gasped with disbelief the first time you saw a photograph of a drone home-delivering a box from Amazon or cakes from a bakery or carrying a bag of chips. Until recently, this was the...

The World’s Most Innovative Countries 2016

August 27, 2016

Innovation is essential for sustainable growth. Countries should maintain their R&D investments and cooperate internationally to protect their innovation momentum in the face of low-growth scenarios. The Human Brain Project (HBP), a global, 10-year scientific research project aimed at...

The Real Wheel of Innovation

February 23, 2016

To empower the next generation, children should be encouraged to develop their innovative ideas. On a recent morning, while traveling to the office on the London Underground, a group of 12-year-olds accompanied by two harried teachers burst onto the subway train at Great Portland Street. I had...

Pakistan’s Thriving Technology Sector is Full of Potential

October 17, 2014

With a large youth population, innovation and entrepreneurship have emerged as viable means of dealing with the problems that Pakistan faces.  Innovation is fundamentally characterized by what can be called “newness,” but a field does not have to be completely novel itself for innovation to...

How to Build a One-of-a-Kind Company

October 04, 2014

What’s the secret to building a unique, innovative company? When entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel, who was co-founder and former CEO of PayPal, taught a course at Stanford to help college students think about their futures, Blake Masters, one of his students, was taking notes. Those...