New ideas in technology are literally a dime-a-dozen, or cheaper than that.
As we move towards 8 or 10 billion people on the planet, there’s a little less gold per capita. Each one of us will continue to be fighting over an ever smaller percentage of total resources. This is not a happy thought.
Whatever the marketplace, if talented people are given resources, they’re going to keep driving us to having better, simpler, cheaper solutions to problems.
Technology is how we create wealth, how we cure diseases, how we’ll build an environment that’s sustainable and also gives people the capacity to pull more out of this world and still leave it better than when they found it.
We can’t live any more in a world which is based on stuff and not ideas. If you want to live with the world of stuff, we’re all doomed.
To me, innovations are the wheel, fire, language, movable type. There are not 3 million innovations; there are 3 million inventions.
An innovation is one of those things that society looks at and says, if we make this part of the way we live and work, it will change the way we live and work.
There is just so much stuff in the world that, to me, is devoid of any real substance, value, and content that I just try to make sure that I am working on things that matter.
I would argue that education, actual learning – it is hard work. It’s very personal. Your parents don’t teach you anything. Your teachers don’t teach you anything. The government doesn’t teach you anything. You read it. You don’t understand it; you read it again. You break a pencil and read it again.
If you’re going to fail, you might as well fail at the big ones.
I consider high-speed data transmission an invention that became a major innovation. It changed the way we all communicate.
I don’t work on a project unless I believe that it will dramatically improve life for a bunch of people.
I don’t want to think about how many people have thought or still think that I’m crazy.
The future is going to require really smart people. What we think are crises today probably will be no big deal, and we have no idea what will really be crises in the future.
In some cases, inventions prohibit innovation because we’re so caught up in playing with the technology, we forget about the fact that it was supposed to be important.