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“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists”*…

In the 21st century, innovation has become the heart and soul of economic policy. Developed and developing nations alike are in the race to leave industrialization behind, adapting instead to technology-focused, entrepreneurial societies.

Customized cancer treatment, faux meat products, and the smart home technologies are frequently positioned as ‘the next big thing’. But which countries are consistently innovating the most?…

The seventh annual Bloomberg Innovation Index highlights the 10 most innovative economies, and the seven metrics used to rank 2019’s top 60 contenders, e.g.:

Review it in full at “The World’s 10 Most Innovative Economies.” (But do note that the metrics are largely scaled to the size of the countries and their economies: e.g., China, which ranks 16th on that mainly proportionate basis, surely ranks higher when one considers the absolute scale/impact of innovation there.)

* Eric Hoffer


As we ponder progress, we might recall that it was on this date in 1946 that Al Gross went public with his invention of the walkie talkie.  Gross had developed it as a top secret project during World War II; he went on to develop the circuitry that opened the way to personal pocket paging systems, CB radio, and patented precursors of the cell phone and the cordless phone.  Sadly for him, his patents expired before they became commercially viable.  ”Otherwise,” Gross said, after winning the M.I.T. lifetime achievement award, ”I’d be as rich as Bill Gates.”



While Gross himself is almost unknown to the general public, he did achieve one-step-removed notoriety in 1948 when he “gifted” his friend Chester Gould the concept of miniaturized radio transceivers, which Gross had just patented.  Gould put it to use as the two-way wrist radio in his comic strip Dick Tracy.


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November 20, 2020 at 1:01 am

It slices! It dices!…

Manufacturers have piloted some decidedly strange telephone designs in their quest for the perfect communicator.  Now, the ultimate: The Pomegranate— a fully-functional telecom device that also serves as a shaver, a coffee brewer, a harmonica…

…  as well as an amusing advertisement for the attractions of Nova Scotia (just click through to the end)… and– like the hotelicopter— a reminder that any day can be April Fool’s Day…

As we renegotiate with our carriers, we might that it was on this date in 1931 that the WGN (Chicago) radio series Little Orphan Annie moved to NBC and went national.  Based on the comic strip by Harold Gray, it was the first late-afternoon radio serial for children… from among whom it quickly drew a huge and devoted following, paving the way for the myriad children’s series that followed on radio and then TV.  A creature of the Depression,  LOA ran until that economic crisis was finally over– until 1942.

from The Radio Hall of Fame

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