Wizards of Disruption

Science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke formulated three laws regarding predictions: Clarke’s first law When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. Clarke’s second law The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. Clarke’s third law Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. At Presans, we don’t believe in magic, but we do believe in tricks and sleights of hand. Sometimes very technical tricks . Magic isn’t real, but the perception of magic is. Thus, the third law implies both that there is no such thing as

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Sofia 3 : five million experts at your fingertips – interview with the wizard behind this prodigy

Presans is proud to announce the new version of Sofia (presans.com/x-search), the search engine and management tool for international experts. Sofia 3 is both more accurate and more relevant: Comprehensive coverage of global expertise, over 5 million experts identified, as well as their relationships. Search scientific and academic experts as well as startups. Innovative search features. Because searching for an expert isn’t the same as searching for a web page, the new version of Sofia allows to search by similarity, working relationships, communities of interest, etc. Fabien Coulon took the time to discuss this important milestone with us. Can you tell us about yourself? Fabien: After my Computer Science PhD, I worked at startup called Linterweb on a search engine.

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Interview with Two Wizards: Albert Meige & Rémi Larrousse

Albert Meige and Rémi Larrousse are both exemplars of a rare breed of magicians / entrepreneurs. They recently embarked on a completely new type of project: delivering innovation + magic corporate seminars for project-oriented companies who want to revamp their innovation strategy. In this interview for Open Your Innovation, they provide some background on this unique offering. * How did you guys meet? Albert: I went to see Rémi’s show. Then I googled him and I first thought there was another Rémi Larrousse who was an innovation consultant who’d gone to Sciences Po. After a while I eventually figured out both were the same person. Then I contacted Rémi through LinkedIn. It turned out we share a lot of connections… and

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Food for Thought: Michel Houellebecq and Innovation

We have to realize that the objects that are manufactured in the world – reinforced concrete, electric lamps, underground trains, handkerchiefs – are all designed and manufactured by a small class of engineers and technicians, able to imagine and to implement the appropriate equipment ; only they are really productive. They represent perhaps 5% of the workforce – and that percentage is shrinking. The rest of the jobs  – sales, advertising, office clerks, administrators, stylistic designers – have a far less social utility ; they could disappear without actually affecting the productive process. Their apparent role is to produce and manipulate different classes of information, that is to say different copies of a reality that eludes them. It is in

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