Burke's laws of innovation
|Writer James Burke has studied how technologies gain traction. His bellwether 1978 TV show (and book), "Connections," takes one on a fantastic voyage that connects such diverse events as the birth of the Jacquard loom and the computer punch card. Here are some of Burke's rules of innovation.|
- Innovation occurs as the result of deliberate attempts to develop it.
- The attempt to find one thing leads to the discovery of another.
- Unrelated developments have a decisive effect on the main event
- Motives, such as war and religion, may also act as major stimulant to innovation.
- Accident and unforeseen circumstances play a role innovation
- Physical and climate conditions play their part. [To that we add economic
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