Chapter 1. The Innovation Economy

Take a look around you. Most of us live our everyday existence in routines that acquire a familiar rhythm. Our homes, transportation, work, and activities with friends and family seem to continue much as they always have. Sure, we might own a hand-held device and find it more useful than a paper pocket calendar. Many of us check in with e-mail and find both the expanded access to people and the quickened speed of communication convenient. These technologies that we as individuals see and experience do not appear to be either radical or life-changing. Yet, the convergence of innovative technologies, being introduced and integrated in certain world regions with a rapidity never seen before, will dramatically change ...

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