Innovation and the Future

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  • Innovation and the Future

    1. Innovation and the Future Tim O’Reilly June 25, 2011 MakerFaire Kansas City
    2. I started out as a computer book publisher
    3. What We Really Do At OReilly Find interesting technologies and people innovating from the edge Amplify their effectiveness by spreading the information needed for others to follow them. Our goal: “Changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators.”
    4. “The future is here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” - William Gibson
    5. O’Reilly Radar Methodology We “watch the alpha geeks” and think about the futures they are already living in We then look for trend data that tells us that a particular future is becoming mainstream We do our best to think about possible consequences
    6. O’Reilly Radar Methodology We “watch the alpha geeks” and think about the futures they are already living in We then look for trend data that tells us that a particular future is becoming mainstream We do our best to think about possible consequences
    7. Innovation as a four-cylinder engine Image source: http://www.musicombustion.com/engineering.html
    8. 1. Have fun: How cool would it be to FLY?!!??
    9. Have fun! OMG, I could have my own computer!
    10. Fly solo across the Atlantic
    11. Put a man on the moon
    12. “thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season” - T.S. Eliot
    13. 2. Think big: “A PC on every desk and in every home.”
    14. Think big: “Access to all the world’s information”
    15. 3. Figure out how to actually build a business
    16. 4. The power of platforms: Create value for others
    17. 4. The power of platforms: Create value for others 2
    18. http://www.google.com/economicimpact/
    19. Create more value than you capture
    20. The Firing Order of the Innovation Engine First cylinder: Have fun! Second cylinder: “Hey, we can change the world!” Third cylinder: Build products, business models, companies, and entire industries Fourth cylinder: Maintain your ecosystem: Create more value than you capture
    21. So where are people having fun today?
    22. “It’s easier to invent the futurethan it is to predict it.” - Alan Kay
    23. Reinventing the Faire Low Tech Meets High Tech
    24. For More Information Twitter: @timoreilly, @oreillymedia, @make Blog: http://radar.oreilly.com My personal archive: http://tim.oreilly.com Maker Movement: http://makezine.com
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