28 Feb '12, 9pm

Now, this was true innovation

We live in a world dominated by innovative American companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook. And even in the face of a recession, Silicon Valley's relentless entrepreneurs have continued to churn out start-up companies with outsize, world-changing ambitions. But we idealise America's present culture of innovation too much. In fact, our trailblazing digital firms may not be the hothouse environments for creativity we might think. I find myself arriving at these doubts after spending five years looking at the innovative process at Bell Labs, the onetime research and development organisation of the country's formerly monopolistic telephone company, AT&T. For a long stretch in the 20th century, it was the most innovative scientific organisation in the world. How can we explain how one relatively small group of scientists and engineers, working over a relatively sh...

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