How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

[Speaker: Steven Johnson] What was the chain of unexpected connections that led from the search for clean water to the manufacture of computer chips? And how did the overheating of printing presses in the U.S. inspire mass migration and political transformation? Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by amateurs and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences in the Microsoft Research Visiting Speaker Series.

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How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

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[Speaker: Steven Johnson] What was the chain of unexpected connections that led from the search for clean water to the manufacture of computer chips? And how did the overheating of printing presses in the U.S. inspire mass migration and political transformation? Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by amateurs and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences in the Microsoft Research Visiting Speaker Series.
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  1. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    Slide 3 - How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    • By Steven Johnson
    • October 23, 2014
    • Microsoft Visiting Speakers Series
  2. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    Slide 11 - How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    • By Steven Johnson
    • October 23, 2014
    • Microsoft Visiting Speakers Series
  3. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    Slide 15 - How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

    • By Steven Johnson
    • October 23, 2014
    • Microsoft Visiting Speakers Series