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Monday, October 31, 2011

George Dyson on Innovation and Decisions

Walter Riker sends along a link.  An interview with technology historian and philospher George Dyson on evolution and innovation. " ...  Dyson: I think that we are generally not very good at making decisions. Mostly, things just happen. And there are some very creative human individuals who provide the sparks to drive that process. History is unpredictable, so the important thing is to stay adaptable. When you go to an unknown island, you don’t go with concrete expectations of what you might find there. Evolution and innovation work like the human immune system: There is a library of possible responses to viruses. The body doesn’t plan ahead trying to predict what the next threat is going to be, it is trying to be ready for anything.... "

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