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Innovation Is Never a Single Event

The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed yet.

—WILLIAM GIBSON

In 1927 Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr engaged in a series of debates at the fifth Solvay Conference held in Brussels that year. These debates, although largely unnoticed at the time by the general public, would determine the future of physics. It was there that Albert Einstein famously said, “God does not play dice with the universe,” to which Niels Bohr retorted, “Einstein, stop telling God what to do.”

Bohr’s quip was much more than a clever line, but a tipping point in the world of physics toward a quantum world of probabilities rather than the deterministic universe ...

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