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Douglas Adams on technology and progress

I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this: 1 everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

2 anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

3 anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.


Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.

via DNA/How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet.

Listen: The Recipe for Success? Fail a Lot

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab via Innovation Hub | Great Minds, Great Conversations | The Recipe for Success? Fail a Lot.


The cost of failure has gone down...the cost of sitting around and trying to decide to do something or not is higher than the cost of just trying something... Failures are the best was to learn fast.

We can play with reality cheaper than theories... Don't let the lack of theory stop you. I'd much rather have something work in practice and not in theory, rather than in theory and not in practice.


Listen here:

From Elsewhere: Insourcing Health Care Innovation — NEJM

Best argument I've seen for the creation of internal, embedded innovation centers to promote design-thinking as a culture in health systems. Insourcing Health Care Innovation — NEJM.

Insourcing Health Care Innovation — NEJM


Many health care profession- als find it irritating when management gurus recommend solving health care’s problems with approaches they would “copy and paste” from unrelated industries ...


...Health care is not a single problem but thousands of problems, and rather than seeking a solution derived from other fields, we’d do better to find a solution process to use from within.... 


...Forward-thinking health systems understand the obligation to improve value. Health care can benefit from outside perspectives in this endeavor, but clinicians have the requisite drive, experience, and context to be productive innovators. If we adapt and internalize proven innovation principles from other fields, much effective innovation can come from within.