Quote of the Week X2 – Technological Innovation

I couldn’t resist Dave Barry today, who could?  While I don’t think Gillette (now part of P&G and a former employer in the distant past) has yet achieved time travel, technological innovations abound, and some are indeed incredible!

“One day soon the Gillette company will announce the development of a razor that, thanks to a computer microchip, can actually travel ahead in time and shave beard hairs that don’t even exist yet”  ~Dave Barry

I am just reading some McKinsey & Company material on disruptive technologies, which got me thinking about science, technology, and innovation.  Which in turn led me to my second quote of the week.

“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” ~Edward Teller

McKinsey & Co have produced a report on twelve emerging technologies.  The science /technology/innovation link is tough to miss!  I’ll summarize it in an upcoming post.  Meanwhile, enjoy Dave and Edward’s words of wisdom.

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Quote of the Week – Mother of Success

In honor of Mothers Day, I couldn’t pass this one up.

“Every success is the mother of countless others.” ~Henry Ford

Which reminds of a piece of advice given early in my career by one of my managers – “start small and build on your successes!”  I’ve never forgotten that advice, even if I don’t always act on it.  But for today, I’m sticking with Henry F, because not only is success the mother of success, but mothers are the mothers of many sucesses, aren’t they?  Thanks Moms!

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Quote of the Week – GDP contribution of scientists and engineers

 And while innovation takes many forms, a series of economic studies over the years has shown that between 50 and 85 percent of the growth in U.S. GDP is attributable to advancements in science and technology.  This despite the fact that less than 5 percent  of the U.S. workforce is composed of scientists and engineers, thereby suggesting that each one percent of the workforce engaged in those professions accounts for something like 15 percent of the growth in GDP. A truly remarkable multiplier. ~Norm Augustine

I just posted a piece titled “Employee Supply for STEM and IT Jobs: Too Many? Too few? Which Is It?” on my TechInfo-notes blog stating that I believed, on the basis of no particular data at all,  the U.S. requires ongoing research and innovation to remain competitive and to provide a high standard of living.  Then I came across this quote by Norm Augustine.  Works for me!

 

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Quote of the Week – Finding Information

Tis not knowing much, but what is useful, that makes a wise man. ~Thomas Fuller

In keeping with my focus this week on “information findability”, I would paraphrase this quote to say “tis not saving much content, but finding what is useful when it’s needed, that makes a wise man”.  Or at least helps keep him wise!

Have a great rest of the weekend,

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Information Findability – Still on the Hunt

In a March 2013 post about top challenges facing R&D organizations I mentioned I was searching for/exploring practical applications and tools to significantly improve “information findability”.

This is an on again off again effort to explore  text indexing, text analytics, and related text mining tools that could improve “findability”.  On again, off again because other projects seem to”cut in line” frequently (you know how that goes.)

Still, I have managed to compile a short list of text mining/text analytics tools, adapted from Elder, Miner and Nisbet’s Practical Text Mining and Statistical Analysis for Non-Structured Text Data Applications, and from www.kdnuggets.com.   DtSearch and Copernic are two I’m exploring now.

I’d love to learn about what tools you are using or have used or might use to improve the findability of your information.  n.stoecker at nksinfoservices.com

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