Can software be an ‘inventor’? As courts wrestle with AI patent applications, the law must change to keep up.
Klaus Lackner is finding new ways to cut the technology’s high costs and energy demand, and he’s about to launch the first ‘mechanical tree’.
These books offer insights into building better cities, the stories behind major inventions, and the interaction between humans and machines.
The mass-market computer pioneer leaves behind a legacy of accessible, far-sighted if not always successful products.
The decision is supported by the government’s policy environment in recent years. This has aimed to increase innovation, and views technology as a way to achieve this.
Van Leeuwenhoek, who discovered bacteria, is one of the most important figures in the history of medicine, laying the groundwork for today’s understanding of infectious disease.
The story of invention in America typically features larger-than-life caricatures of white men like Thomas Edison while largely ignoring the contributions of women and people of color.
Lessons from history make clear that the federal government can spur medical innovation in a crisis, including this pandemic. Providing certainty and clarity is critical.
During a pandemic, what would MacGyver do? He’d cobble together masks and ventilators from the things around him. Now health-care workers are doing the same. But there are risks.
Our understanding of where new and exciting ideas come from in the business world is backwards.
One of America’s favourite sons is slowly losing his reputation, and he might just deserve it.
The British inventor of the clockwork radio and over 200 other devices has died.
A new analysis shows how family background influences who grows up to invent. The key to turning things around? Expose kids to more inventors.
Scientist Nikola Tesla led a rags-to-riches to rags life. The eccentric inventor had an amazing intellect and set the stage for many modern technologies.
A lack of “breakthrough” moments in innovation may be caused by the increase of specialised workforces.
American slaves couldn’t hold property – including patents on their own inventions. But that didn’t stop black Americans from innovating since the beginning of the country’s history.