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Why People Still Use Fax Machines - The Atlantic
My take-away from this article is that the law is the reason why some areas (medicine, law, etc) are still mired in obsolete technology.
TheAtlantic  via:HackerNews  technology  law  innovation 
november 2018 by mcherm
How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read - Mental Floss
The invention of the paperback book, at one tenth the cost of a hardback book, completely revolutionized the book market.
innovation  startup  via:HackerNews  books 
august 2012 by mcherm
Open Robotics » VoxPopuLII
Robots that can run user-generated software are the route to success in robotics. But they can only succeed if the manufacturers are immunized from lawsuits. Otherwise, the manufacturer (deep pockets) will be sued when someone fastens a chainsaw to their robot.
law  innovation  invention  robots  opensource  via:HackerNews 
july 2011 by mcherm
Funding People, Not Projects?. In the Pipeline:
The tale of a researcher who applied for funding for 2 boring projects and one risky one. The third was rejected but he spent the money on it anyway. And it worked, yielding a huge breakthrough.
science  risk  startup  innovation  ResearchAdministration 
may 2011 by mcherm
How Hard Could It Be?: Inspired Misfires, Personal Development Article - Inc. Article
Interesting story about naval gunnery and eBay to illustrate why sometimes the best business ideas are the ones you think are impossible.
ebay  Wikipedia  history  JoelSpolsky  innovation 
february 2008 by mcherm

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