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Alternatives to silicon-based computing are long shots. Knowing that, why do HP, Lucent and IBM spend time and money pursuing them? Their reasons may surprise you.
The Technology Review Patent Scorecard shows corporations focusing more than ever on intellectual property-but with sharply contrasting strategies.
Can it adapt to the New Economy’s love of intellectual property?
You may know it when you see it, but before you can foster innovation in a company or nation you need to be able to get a grip on it. Meet the researchers who are trying to quantify this crucial but elusive process.
A few years ago, IBM’s vaunted Research division went through a stormy upheaval. But the labs have bounced back, and the future looks bright.
It’s put-up time at Microsoft Research. Seven years after its founding, the lab has yet to make any real breakthroughs. Can a company built on others’ creations start innovating?
Confounding the skeptics, this jewel of big-time corporate R&D has gained new luster–even in basic research–by focusing its scientific endeavors on solving real-world problems.
At Xerox’s famed Palo Alto Research Center their’s a new factor in innovation: teams of anthropologists who study how people interact with machines (and each other) in the workplace.