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Every new invention comes from strong observations

Last Night while i was watching a news channel, i observed the concepts of social website Twitter, What comes in the mind of Twitter creator before he designed it?. The Answer was simple, He observed facebook and found out the most famous application is status update by users which brought idea of TWITTER. Facebook was observational idea taken from Orkut and story continues. Summary is that improve your observational Ideas, some tips for improving this value is remaining silent, observe things around, save your energy and optimize your observational Idea for maximum profit.

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    Sep 23 2013: Observation is a great way of learning as well as lighting up curiosity. What do you think about role of "IMAGINATION" in bringing in innovation ?
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      Sep 23 2013: I think you bring out a good point.
      The first mental connection I made was a visit we made to Disney's Epcot Center.
      There is an "innovation" area in Epcot, I think they call it innoventions......and the mascot they use is called Figment (as in figment of your imagination).

      The area is filled with really cool displays of really innovative technology.
      Kids and adults love to wander through it.

      I definitely think that imagination plays a role in innovation as well.

      I'll leave you with this quote:

      “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” – Thomas Edison
      • Sep 26 2013: I think imagination is critical in invention. One first forms a picture in his mind about what he hopes to make before he even makes it. Someone should be able to create a mental simulation or model of his invention/innovation. At a certain level, the practicability of an innovation can be tested through a series of thoughts if one has a good imagination. A good imagination is therefore a good quality for an inventor or innovator.
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    Sep 20 2013: I think it comes from fixing problems. The observation part comes from taking a viewpoint exterior from the problem. This is natural law that has raised the standard of living from the beginning of time.
    • Sep 21 2013: I agree Pat, for fixing problems one need, observations regarding problem and some vision or Ideas how to fix it. The term Observational Ideas is for humans. Only God is novel creator.
  • Oct 16 2013: thank you everyone for participating in this conversation. As few days left i just wanted to put forward that i am a big fan of visionary people like steve jobs. Idea is one thing its team and finance support that makes big project. I am in search of new idea and observing. have a great day
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      Oct 16 2013: Hassan, thanks for the great conversation topic.
      I wish you all the best....hope you find that new idea.........stay on the look-out!!
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    Sep 28 2013: I cannot be more agree. But another important fact is that we need to have a determine knowledge background to make an invetion.
  • Sep 22 2013: Only Nature is the original inventor . Human beings merely discover it and invent ways to use it.Electricity is not the invention of human beings.It existed even before human being came to know about it. Human beings merely discovered it and found ways get it continuously.Observation may be the first step towards discovery or invention but it is not the only thing.If you have an apple seed , swallow it and then see if that seed grows up into a big apple tree. You cannot sow the apple seed anywhere you like according to your own whims and fancies . It can only be sowed in a land where the soil is fit and fertile , and has the right climatic conditions for an apple seed to grow into an apple tree and bear fruits. Same is the case with the Ideas. An Idea also needs a proper ecosystem,psychoshpere and the support of the people to bear fruits.

    Orkut is merely an online adaptation of the offline scrap book culture. It is not an invention.
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    Sep 21 2013: The mother of innovation is observation
    I had thought of it as a movement towards innovation. However, it has become synonymous with the use of technology. For us, this is misleading. Innovation comes from observation and process, not from technology.My hope is that this process of iterative change and innovative thinking becomes the value we are known for.
  • Sep 21 2013: A L W A Y S I am not so sure.
    • Sep 21 2013: can you give any example please
      • Sep 21 2013: The Pet Rock
        The Koran
        The Christian Bible
        The Chiming Church Clock
        Certain Engineering Conceprs
        Some Mathematics
        • Sep 21 2013: The term Observational Ideas is for humans. Only God is novel creator. that truth
      • Sep 22 2013: Couldn't we be applying scientific theory rather than our own individual observation? Or are you conisidering that the same?
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          Sep 22 2013: Hello, george lockwood, I'd like to ask you how did scientific theory come ?:)))))
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          Sep 22 2013: “apriori thought”? what's the exact meaning of this word? Any examples?Born to invent things? I personally think it's impossible. If I mistook it , could you correct me ?
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    Sep 20 2013: Your conversation topic reminded me of a quote by Louis Pasteur:

    "Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur quotes (French Chemist and Microbiologist, 1822-1895).
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      Sep 21 2013: Great! And thanks to his 'prepared mind', milk isn't just as tasty anymore as it was before him ... ;o)

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        Sep 21 2013: Yes indeed!!

        Also worthy of noting is that the tuberculosis pathogen was removed by pasteurization....which might trump the taste thing......but that's just me. ;)

        You know who else had a prepared mind, saw a problem, and used his powers of observation for the benefits of our taste buds?

        Henri Nestle: Read on.......
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          Sep 21 2013: Hmm ... you are probably right, but doesn't cacao comes natural with some antibiotic properties? At least there we may check for exceptions ... :o) Well, probably just a myth spread by Nestlé ... :o)

          I am very careful about world leading businesses, such as Nestlé, as it has never proofed positive if market dominance is concentrated within a single company. Thats why I try to avoid to buy their product wherever possible and try to find local products instead, or from small businesses.

          But growing that big wasn't on Henri's mind, I suppose, when he did his mind preparation...

          Fortunately my mother was able to breastfeed my brother and me, as till this very day, many baby products have way to high levels in sugar, which isn't healthy for the little ones.
          Who knows, maybe fist steps to 'customer retention' ...?

          Yet for milk, the best I ever had was in Russia! It tasted as it used to in my childhood and I am sad for any milk I drink ever since. At that day I had to get another bottle from the shop, because it was that good. Actually, it was a milk pouch, which made it a bit difficult to handle without a holder, which I didn't have. But both pouches didn't last long anyway ...
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    Oct 16 2013: I would say despite the adages like 'necessity is the mother of invention' being floated around by many people in this conversation, Hassan has got it absolutely right. While necesiity or need is important, a lot of people feel the need for something but only a selected few manage to invent something as a solution to that need. It is because they have observed strongly what might be changed in the existing system. They may have even made a completely unrelated observation and applied it to the need of a different kind eg, Henry Ford's assembly line (may not be an invention) for car manufacturing was adopted from cow slaughtering procedure. So unless one has a keen sense of observation, one will be stuck with those complaining for more.
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    Oct 15 2013: I wouldn't call Facebook and Twitter inventions. They are really gossip forums.

    Inventions usually come from a need for something. People wanted to move faster so invented a wheel. Then didn't like being in the dark and various lights were made ending up with electric lights after electricity was discovered. So, inventions do not come from observation. They come after a lot of hard work, research and experiment.

    Watch this TED talk. This is about an invention, which did not come from observation but from a need for an inexpensive test for Pancreatic Cancer. A lot of hard work went into this.

    I call this a real invention. I hope you manage to see it.
  • Oct 15 2013: If you have the need with intent one must invent.
  • Oct 14 2013: Invention: "Necessity is the mother of invention"- Plato
    Observation: "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see"- Henry David Thoreau
    "Answers appear when the problem is clear"- Keith W Henline
    "If the solution is not clear move closer or further away"- Keith W Henline
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    Oct 2 2013: Understanding comes from the observation, Not Invention!
    Invention belongs to creativity of making new concept. An untouched brand new idea may become an Invention if comes out of the mind, there is no need to follow any existed idea. Yaa but people don't bother to put so much energy in a new invention, they find easy in stealing the ideas, manipulating it to make them more good.. can we call it Invention ?

    By same observing, one can get the idea of new invention but another one can get the idea of copying it. There is a difference. People are so cleaver they never accept they have copied it, they says- we were inspired by it .. :) LOL
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    Oct 2 2013: We lack the vision of inventive creation being confined to a box designed to withstand alternative and renewable breakthrough
    Consider this without science is there a future??
    in the same breath Without Nature is there a Future???

    Science is man made theories and primitive law. its governed on evidence achieved in a primitive laboratory with less than favourable results. Once it becomes a law. We have the science police that monitors any infringements. This aside, this closed minded mentality stifles our progress. Maintaining policed security of those theories. Resulting in never testing or trifle with that. As the law stipulate to be impossible.

    But imagine this, science doesn't discover anything. It only uncover what was once hidden from our collective sight and thoughts.
    That being said. It has always been hiding in plain sight. you only needed to change your mindset to achieve observational frequency manipulation through comprehension
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    Sep 28 2013: Hassan, I just remembered something.........can you access youtube?
    If not, here is the talk about Tesla directly from TED.
    I do hope you watch it, it is really wonderful.
  • Sep 28 2013: You can't generalize your statement. it's somewhat true but not in all cases.
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    Sep 27 2013: The secret is...observe other truly innovative people and find a better way to market their ideas. :-)
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      Sep 28 2013: Spoken like a true..........____________ (capitalist??)
      Help me out here, I'm not sure how the sentence should finish. :)
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        Sep 28 2013: ... opportunist.

        They're more industrious than a capitalist. A capitalist would wait until the opportunist builds a market, then they would simply acquire 51% of the company. ;-)
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          Oct 13 2013: Ha ha, I would like to differ there in terms of opportunists are more industrious than capitalists.
          In their purest form capitalists are pioneers, they are what is known nowadays as entrepreneurs simply because the venture out and design their own course instead of waiting for things to happen, they take the initiatives upon themselves.

          Whilst opportunists on the other hand tend to wait for course to be designed and they take that opportunity to benefit. An opportunist is not someone who revels at taking risks with any new initiative but he would rather wait for something to be developed first then he seeks for ways to benefit himself around that developed thing.

          To sum up, capitalists are those who by their nature develop the economy because it is their creativity and their tenacity in believing in their abilities and human capital in their stock that change this world, while opportunists tend to revert back and observe how things pens out and as soon as they spot a favorable opportunity to them they take advantage of that. I hope I am clear in this regard. Nice conversation indeed!
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        Oct 13 2013: Bongani - I agree with your description of entrepreneurs. They're intrepid individuals.

        I was referring to the corporate raiders.They axe executives, downsize operations, or liquidate companies, with little regard for the impact on the people working there. They're following the money.
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    Sep 23 2013: I agree with those points made earlier that many inventions were stumbled upon (e.g., x-ray imaging, numerous food inventions), while others were the result of many hours of trial and error (e.g., the light bulb and Velcro).

    That said, it seems to me that true genius is the ability to grasp the big picture, while at the same time understanding the many steps needed to get there. It is the rare inventor who conceives the entire process in his or her head, from identifying the problem, to cost-benefit analysis, to solution concept, to design and material selection, to prototype, to establishing a rigid test regime, to patent, to market, to ROI analysis.

    Nevertheless, good observations are always involved where inventions are produced—some come after the fact, others via the motherhood of necessity.
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    Sep 23 2013: I think that success comes from hard work and often luck ... Alexander Graham Bell never planned to spill the acid that lead to the telephone call to Watson. Most inventions came from learning from many failures. As Edison said invention is 95% perspiration and 5% inspiration.

    Industrial Espionage exists because it is cheaper to steal an idea than to fund research for it.

    Most inventions are spin offs or generation changes, and not original thoughts.

    Be well. Bob.
  • Sep 23 2013: Invention is just another fancy word for work. I was raised on a farm. We didn't have things to invent, we just had work to do and we did whatever it took to get the job done. I can never remember sitting around the supper table discussing what I had invented that day, it was just did you get the job done or not, and there was no such thing as not. Invention is just a word made up by lawyers(parasites) so they could make more money from your work.
    That's what lawyers do, they make up words then charge you for them. It's an amazing trick an some of us fall for it every time.
  • Sep 23 2013: i don't completely agree with the idea of strong observation.... a lot of discoveries are actually accidental.
    Sometimes... there might have been no observation needed at all.. it just pops into your head. Sometimes you don't even need to observe a situation... its just that you NEED it and so you work on it without caring what other people may think of your work.
  • Sep 23 2013: Purpose of this Idea is to improve your observations by including one of the best trait (silent+observant) in your personality. Yes, it may not be every time, but just think that next big Operating System like Microsoft, next big search engine, next big social website, next big smart phone or next big THING can be around and just using your strong observational Idea you can be next big Steve Jobs, Bill Gates etc.
    That was the main purpose of this Idea people. Have a good day.
  • Sep 23 2013: Yoka maybe I opened up a bag of worms
    For some philosophers analytical = a priori synthetic = a posteriori confuses me

    I've thought of a prioi as more related to definitions and a posteriori as related to experience
    What I am trying to say is that maybe we can get an invention more from language and definitions? Would that be more related to theory alone? but that has been questioned earlier. Maybe this will or won't clear up but isn't taht what the question is about
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      Sep 23 2013: Beats me perhaps. I think some theories need logicals, the logics should come from their observations on what other people do and talk.

      Anyway, I respect your knowledge a lot. Thank you.
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      Sep 25 2013: Hi~, I agree with the idea that observation can incent people's imaginations, I think your idea of "chickensaur" is very imaginative, I'd like to see this "invention" come to be a cartoon image in the future.:)
      • Sep 26 2013: I enjoed chickensaur when it was suggested on Ted. So seeing that Ted talk made me a fanAll the best.
  • Sep 21 2013: Could you define a new invention? Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc are not new invention. Neither are the ipod, ipad, iphone - repackaged nicely. So what is a new invention?

    And a fix usually does not generate a new invention.
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    Sep 21 2013: Many are, but there is also plain coincidence in which many inventions are rooted.

    I had many findings in material science which I neither expected nor that they had been reported before and which I only came to realize, because my experiments didn't work out the way I planned them, or because of my own mistakes or lack of better knowledge within.

    Sometimes it was just coincidence that I even realized this new findings, and didn't just trash the whole thing. And I will never know how many inventions I did trash ... which, according to Murphy's law, have probably been the best ones ... :o)
    • Sep 21 2013: Absolutely Legan, but point is their are two kind of inventions namely Natural and man made, Co-incidents can be in natural inventions like electrons, gravity etc. Man made inventions like computers comes from observational ideas.
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        Sep 21 2013: Let me disagree on this, as there are no 'man made' inventions which nature doesn't allow for.
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        Sep 21 2013: What I was pointing at was, that by 'observation' we often understand a conscious focus on what we are 'observing' and that we also consciously draw our conclusions from there. And it often is this way, yet not always.

        In science observation is often influenced by expectation, which can narrow down the focus of the observation itself. Of course I did observe my random findings, yet the origin of my observation was not on them at the beginning. There was no planning involved, or even expectation at all.

        When the invention of the transistor was made, there was probably no scientist who woke up one day and decided to invent that technology. It is most likely, that the physics behind it was a byproduct, a finding of some other research before, and came to someones attention 'accidentally'.
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        Sep 22 2013: Hi, Hassan Aftab

        Regarding your comment, I think what you said about the natural facts people had found are discoveries,not invention. :)
        • Sep 22 2013: Okay That's true maybe I ineptly tried to cover that Mine or Someone else's observation. That's a definition I believe we need. That's all. But how do we look at apriori thought? Share with me please.
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    Sep 20 2013: Yes, I think so.