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No Creativity

Just been reading an interesting article in The Slate. It just says in very plain language what I’ve felt for a long time, namely that the rhetoric of creativity in business is merely rhetoric. Here’s one quote: “This is the … Continue reading

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Novelty at a Pace

To go back to the thought experiment I presented in an earlier post; when stone age man (or woman) had fire and a wheel, in principle they had the automobile, although they couldn’t make one. To get the automobile was … Continue reading

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New Music

Following from the previous post, to quote critics and philosophers, which I occasionally do on this blog, has some use, namely to confirm the best part of oneself. In this it’s similar to the young artist’s imitation of work that … Continue reading

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Failure of Innovation

Been reading a book that supports some of my previous posts. Tim Harford says: “Over the past few decades, the number of people employed in research and development in the world’s leading economies has been rising dramatically, but productivity growth … Continue reading

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Conditions of Invention 2

The previous post did not mention art at all, but I trust my readers will recognize the problem that faces all attempts to institutionalize or channel creativity. Both bureaucracies and markets—which in fact are not that different from each other—need … Continue reading

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Conditions of Invention

A couple of months ago there was a very interesting article in the New York Times about Bell Labs. The article compared the current climate of innovation in Silicon Valley unfavorably with the halcyon days at Bell Labs: One type … Continue reading

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Hysterical Rhetoric of Innovation

In art novelty, originality, the new, are all important markers of difference. Their importance lies in their objectivity—the degree of newness can be measured. The same applies to business, although there we can call it innovation. The thoughts about innovation … Continue reading

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Art and the Techno-business

A couple of recent posts have talked about digital technology. I think this does have something to do with art, and not just because the tech hype writers have tried to draw from art for marketing imagery, although that is … Continue reading

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Measured Innovation

Innovation is relative, and can only be evaluated from a temporal perspective—one has to choose the scale of comparison. In Silicon Valley, where revolution is an everyday event, there is an inverse relation between the triviality of the product and … Continue reading

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Time and Technology

There is so much hyperbole coming out of Silicon Valley about innovation, disruption, changing the world and so on, that some perspective on technology and time would be useful. When our ancestors learned how to move a heavy object by … Continue reading

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