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Computing Challenges And The Principles Of Innovations
Author(s): James Ionson
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Thank you, John (Caulfield), Dr. Coffey, Dr. Potter, Ladies and Gentlemen. Having the opportunity to address the world's most innovative scientists in advanced computing is an honor, especially since the explosion in computing and data processing power has become modern folklore. Of all disciplines, computing has been blessed with the highest degree of innovation - and it's a good thing too because otherwise there might be building-sized slide rules with all sorts of crane-sized active control mechanisms manipulating the center bar. In fact, if not for innovation this could have very well been an SPIE Special Institute on the Structural Dynamics of Large Scale Calculating Machines. Sounds a little ridiculous, doesn't it? But then you don't suffer from the intellectual battle fatigue that forces most to hypothesize from the dark corners of "conventional wisdom." By definition, "conventional wisdom" does not spawn innovation and is inconsistent with the fact that major advances are frequently made by those who are exploring the challenge of their own far out ideas, rather than by those who have been directed to seek goals dictated by learned committees of "problem solvers." Most breakthroughs spring from the inspiration of a hunch rather than organized theoretical understanding and detailed systematic measurement programs. Sure - there will be failures but any innovator knows that success is built upon those failures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 1986
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0634, Optical and Hybrid Computing, (13 February 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.963997
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James Ionson, Strategic Defense Initiative Office (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0634:
Optical and Hybrid Computing
Harold H. Szu, Editor(s)

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