Sunday, September 28, 2003

Boston.com / Business / Myhrvold aims to reinvent the spirit of inventing

Boston.com / Business / Myhrvold aims to reinvent the spirit of inventing Nathan P. Myhrvold, the frenetic and intellectually versatile founder of Microsoft Research, may turn out to be the Thomas Edison or Edwin Land of his generation.
...Myhrvold, who was in town last week to keynote the Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT, thinks the culture of invention has frayed in recent decades, partly because the Pentagon and other government agencies have backed away from longer-term projects. Most invention today emanates from a constellation of laboratories at universities like MIT or Stanford, where the primary mission is research and innovation, and at corporations like Microsoft or IBM, where the primary mission is improving software or computer design. Too often, he believes, today's research labs avoid big ideas and are confined by the commercial or academic interests of their sponsors."

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