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By Pete Engardio Since it opened 50 years ago, North Carolina's Research Triangle Park has been the epitome of science parks : a neatly landscaped campus of low-rise building buildings in exurbia, where scientists at aspiring technology spin-offs from nearby universities toil all day in cramped, low-rent "incubators" and then disperse each evening to fight the Interstate traffic on their way home. The rest of the world is moving far beyond that model.
There are many pleasures that innovation practitioners get from what they do. The satisfaction of creating and delivering a high value solution where others had failed to see the opportunity, the knowledge that what you do is changing the lives of those around you, the thrill of shaping the future are among a few of the things I have heard other innovators talk about.
"To avoid the fate of alchemists, it is time we asked where we stand. Now, before we invest more time and money on the information-processing level, we should ask whether the protocols of human subjects and the programs so far produced suggest that computer language is appropriate for analyzing human behavior: Is an exhaustive analysis of human reason into rule-governed operations on discrete, determinate, context-free elements possible?