Michael Williams

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Should we open source our innovations?

Say you've had some idea or more for something so groundbreaking and all you really do is hold on to it in your head. Much good it's doing everyone else, but you don't have the funds / resources to do much about said idea. The idea submission place seems fake, and it's your idea, you want credit and payment for such, right?

Well what if we did just that, while at the same time sending that idea out to the world like a bad viral cat video. I think it's time we stop trying to take hold of our ideas, and give them to the world as fast as we think them. In the age of internet posting, Can we take ownership of our ideas as well as send them out to the world, and still benefit from them?

A self titled Self employed Thinktank for the world opensource and hardwired for all to see and comment on, oh what do you know, here It is. So with Ted and Brainbank, other such opensource concepts, how do you all see the future of Ideas, Innovation and Invention?

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    Apr 17 2013: NASA's worldwide hackathon is this weekend. People who want to take a crack at solving some current problems NASA cares about can participate at one of fifty locations or online.

    It is a two day event.
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    Apr 18 2013: Here is a link that might interest you for its open-source and gaming dimensions. It is a game introduced at a TED event to crowdsource the mapping of neurons. The center of the collaboration is MIT: http://eyewire.org/
  • Apr 18 2013: Some think so,but some argue against it. I am beginning to lean more toward open sources.
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    Apr 22 2013: We should Open source everything (patents, copyrights ...).

    The "Open" model used by Stanford, MIT ... GNU, Linux, Apache ... allows others to innovate (not steal) on ideas, investments, ventures .... How to build a functional economic"Open" model is the real (IMO) question.

    One of many examples: "Agile" is a software development model that was innovated on by the global Open Source Software (OSS) community. Today many "Closed" software business models/companies have latched onto "Agile" as the innovation tool that made the OSS community products/industry a highly competitive and innovative force in today's global software industry.

    Some "Closed" global software companies have recognized that "Open" (not Agile) is the innovation engine in the software industry. "Closed" software companies cannot compete with "Open," so now many well paid lobbyist are hawking to politicians how unfair "Open" products, services, and innovations are to their private-sectors of the markets.

    IMO: Many technology and news website have "Closed" model paid-lurkers to rebut negative comments on "Closed" products and preach about "Open" threats
  • Apr 19 2013: What you are addressing is exactly what TED is about and developed for. Thought people sharing thoughtfully innovative ideas with each other,simply asking why, what where when and how. Pretty simple and simply astounding...
  • Apr 19 2013: Of course we should, look at what Caesar Harada is doing with Protei design, and what they created. People are paranoid with their inventions and think they have something innovative, when in reality, by the time you go thought the effort to bring a product to market they often find the shelf life already outdated, or out innovated.

    Crowd sourcing innovations and their applicable solutions is where the future is heading. The ability to corner a market is next to impossible anymore, so why not share alike like the owner of Zappos, or countless other innovative entrepreneurs.
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    Apr 18 2013: Great thinking! I've thought a lot about it too... The thing is just Open Source is an idealistic product, don't you think? I mean sure I think the world world would be better off if we all shared the great ideas we have, but in practice it just isn't the same. I mean, personally I have some ideas I believe would be great, but as you said, I cannot afford it -- only some times I think of sending my idea to the people whom work with such stuff. But then again, I never do it due to business or laziness or simply because I forget.

    The problem with open source in reality is that... You know that feeling you have if your class mates ask you if they may have your notes? It's sorta the same issue. In both cases, we get this hesitation because we think "I created this. They are gonna use it and in the end maybe get better grades than me, if they just read my notes out loud." it's that fear of other people getting one's credits that holds us back, right?

    My conclusion is that Open Source is too idealistic to exist on a major scale. It would be great, but it's not possible. Instead I think a realistic idea would be to motivate people to do something about their ideas and really make it happen, y'know? Such as say "to all those whom have ideas, tell me about them, I won't copy them, but instead pinpoint a person you can contact to make it happen," or maybe even have one person call the other? People can make these thing happen, but it's the contact that's a critical point.

    What do you think? Isn't Open Source too idealistic?
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      Apr 19 2013: I think it's more possible then we want to admit too. Specially if we stop wanting to have credit or fame from such an idea, possibly even any compensation at all, but the idea get's out there to people who can more easily make it a reality and to a Inventor / innovator kinda is all we wanted in the 1st place.

      Just like everyone can sing, and if they practice can sing good too, yes it's true, but not everyone is on America Idol or selling millions of mp3s. They are for the most part on youtube and other such places with the millions of others. Not making money ( well not huge amounts ) but still having their music get to the people they want as well as thumbs up for it, then others will come along and make a remix if good enough.

      Well most times not, that remix becomes the next big thing, but the original writer get credit, and thumbs up which is what was desired by the artist. Picking up what i'm throwing down?

      Open sourcing ideas just opens the avenue of fruition faster by sacrificing the sole ownership ideal.
      If the idea isn't your bread and butter ( a project you're working on ) and you're going to think of other ideas, why not then toss it out to the collective crowd to be utilized by another who maybe doesn't think of ideas as freely but has the ability to take direction and roll with it.
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        Apr 20 2013: Sounds very idealistic to me, but who knows! History has shown that idealism sometimes shines through. I couldn't want more than anything that idealism became reality, but it doesn't look as that's gonna happen -- But maybe this one thing may go through :)

        I believe the question put at hand would be figuring out how to make people let go of the credibility feeling. How to get them to feel fine and free about sharing their ideas or let them be passed on ^^