So Now What Wilbur?
Creativity Challenge 1999 #26
Thank you goes to my professional speaker friend, Loren Ekroth of Hawaii and my CPSI friend and CC user and distributor in her company, Mary Ellyn Wicksta of Wisconsin. Mary Ellyn challenged me to include some converging exercises in my weekly Challenges. Loren provided the inspirational material from a New York Times article this Sunday about Jared Diamond's book: BEST INVENTION: Invention Is the Mother Of Necessity.
The following is a montage of quotes from the article/Loren's compilation of the article to serve as background for this week's challenge:
"Invention is the mother of invention." In actuality society's entrenched interests commonly resist inventions and new ideas. Every year, officials decry some areas of basic research as a waste of tax dollars and urge that we instead concentrate on "solving problems".
It is a tremendous misunderstanding that inventors set out to solve society's problems, whereas invention is more the 'mother of necessity'. Inventors if successful must create the need before it is felt or discover it and then promote it.
Yes you can fly but what will you do once you are up there Ollie & Willie?
Your cumbustion engine is a wonderful idea but we have no roads let alone what was it you called them....cars?
Your long rifle is interesting but I can kill 24 of my enemy in the time you are re-loading it and will have to dodge 144 enemy arrows before I can fire it again.
So how many choir directors are there that need to mark their places in their hymnals each week anyway?
So Leif what will be do with more trees and animals so far away from home?
"The technological breakthroughs leading to great inventions usually come from totally unrelated areas."
"...the greatest inventors have been tinkerers who loved tinkering for its own sake and who then had to figure out what, if anything, their devices might be good for. Many breakthrus have been the results of accidents, accidental or simple observations: penicillin, X-rays, vulcanization, xerography to name a few."
So often inventions and discoveries occur much before their time....
Cro-Magnon pottery from 25,000 B.C. had wheels yet no draft animals therefore they had no need for them.
Ancient Crete had cheese, wine and olive presses -- but no need to turn them into printing presses.
The atomic bomb inventors only had one focus a bomb not the hundreds to thousands of inventions that have resulted from their research.
Who had any need for a phonograph in 1877? Edison only had a list of 10 uses: recording the last words of dying people, announcing the time and teaching spelling. When entrepreneurs used his invention to play music, Edison thought it was a debasement of his idea.
That is the background to set the stage for this week's Creativity Challenge #26: So Now What Wilbur?
Imagine that you discovered by accident a way to compress solid objects into their mass only, no space inbetween the atomic particles, you could keep the participles (electrons, neutrons, etc.) at rest in the compressed form with no energy present.
What potential products could this lead to?
Though this is not totally a fully converging exercise it does set the stage for next week's purely converging Creativity Challenge.
Thank you again to Loren and Mary Ellyn.
Have a creatively converging week. Take your thousands of ideas and practice narrowing them down into workable solutions.
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