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Saturday, February 20 • 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Invention is a collective action

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The stereotypical image of an inventor is a lone person working in their garage, bedroom, or laboratory. But even when some specific invention is the product of a single mind, it springs from a long chain of precursors, without which it wouldn't be possible. Furthermore, much invention is essentially social. Even in the absence of explicit sharing and collective innovation as in the case of open source software, there's a diffusion of invention and innovation going back to the 19th-century iron and steel industry--where it's been studied--and almost certainly long before. My talk would go into examples of both building on prior work and collaborative innovation.

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Gordon Haff

Technology Evangelist, Red Hat
Gordon Haff is Technology Evangelist at Red Hat where he works on emerging technology product strategy; writes about tech, trends, and their business impact; and is a frequent speaker at customer and industry events. Among the topics he tries to keep up with are DevOps, IoT, blockchain... Read More →

Saturday February 20, 2021 3:00pm - 3:25pm CET
Session Room 2