From ideas to reality – why and how to manage ideas?
What we have learned from the history of technology is that it develops faster than the cultural, ethical or legal frameworks that are supposed to restrain it, such as the time the first nuclear weapons were invented and only then it was thought how to prevent its distribution. The problem with the advances in artificial intelligence and algorithmics is that the moment we begin to deal with their ethical and economic implications, it may turn out to be too late. How, then, can we prepare for a new reality?
I have an idea! What do you think about starting from the beginning?! “And man said, Let there be light, and be light” (New Genesis 1).
The beginning is in the way we create new worlds of knowledge, and in the way we manage the vast knowledge humanity has accumulated throughout its existence, and also knowledge yet to be created. So maybe in an AI era God does not play dice anymore, but he definitely plays TING.
We are entering an era in which the whole world of intellectual property is going to be revolutionized. So far, the initial contact of entrepreneurs, inventors, companies and corporations in protecting their inventions is handled by the local patent office, which is the state body responsible for the registration of patents of samples and trademarks.
In the State of Israel, for example, a comprehensive reform has been carried out in recent years, to increase efficiency and productivity in terms of the length of the examination of patent applications. As a result, the waiting time for the initial examination has been shortened and is, after the reform, an average of 32.5 months. It only shows how far we are from a ‘real change’ that will happen only if we lead to a systemic change that will pave the way for legislative change in the various countries and in international legislation.
Ting about it: In an era when technologies are advancing at an ever-increasing rate, until a patent is approved for registration, it becomes technologically irrelevant and therefore worthless.
On the other hand, if you do not advance the idea, someone else may win the first merit and glory of the world. This is a state of closed logical circle, creating an absurd/ironic situation. According to the patent laws of the various countries, the discovery of the invention prior to patent application negates the possibility of obtaining a patent, because the invention was already published before submission. In addition, in Israel, the US, and elsewhere, the inventor and his patent attorney have a legal duty to disclose any material relevant to the invention.
In modern organizations, innovation is perceived as islands in the sea with little or no communication at all. The paradox is proven by the fact that everyone in the system gives a different name to innovation, and the catch is not only in the language or the organizational culture, but also in legal-legislative terms, from the start.
Why should there not be a global system that backs everyone up for their innovative ideas at the idea stage? Why does it require an expensive, long and cumbersome registration system? It is quite clear that the patent management and registration system in all countries is rather outdated, when in fact ideas are the fuel that drives progress.
Figure 1: Banana
Perhaps the first step as part of the great change that we need to cultivate when talking about ideas and intellectual property is access to information, opportunities and choice for all. Young people may feel suffocated without access to information, which leads to an increase in socio-economic gaps. In fact, access to information is a foundation for innovation in equity, and the education system must make every effort to allow players of the future free access to information.
Re-imagining reality begins with the way we manage ideas. To envision this new reality is to imagine and act, for example, toward a golden age of a new genesis whereas “man was the word and the word was man” as one expresses its innovative idea to be followed with its creation.
Our future as individuals, organizations and nations depends on the quality of our ideas and our ability to realize them. The new technologies may have significant psychological effects on our identity and our sense of self. For example, economists and sociologists, led by Karl Marx, have described in detail how much WORK is a central component of a person’s being. People have become accustomed to drawing satisfaction, self-identity and pride from their profession, and every time a technological revolution took place, all of them were dealt a severe blow. When we set a goal for ourselves, we are more focused, and not only is our sense of self intensifying, but also the feeling of ‘togetherness’. Therefore, we must act and visualize a reality in which people do not necessarily have to work as we define work today, and my question is whether WORK-PLAY will replace WORK as a central component of persons’ well-being and sense of purpose?
Image: The playing human – Homo Ludens – we must conclude, therefore, that civilization is in its earliest stages and is a form of work-play.
If to this day it was accepted that anyone with an idea had to pay for its ‘promotion’, this guide offers another method. No more bureaucratic restrictions driven by governments, paying for your creativity, refraining from sharing your idea with the fear that someone will steal your idea. This guide introduces a system in which we are rewarded for our creativity.
It is known that many inventions, such as Darwin’s Evolution Theory, Newton’s Theory of Universal Gravitation, electricity by Franklin, and also radio by Marconi, each were invented around the same time by more than one person in different parts of the world. These early inventors did not know about other inventors in other parts of the world. What if they knew? Would dialogue between them better facilitate the process of invention? Back then, this was not so simple. However, NOW it is.
PEACE, INNOVATION & LIONS FROM ZION
“Peace is right behind us & innovation is the way”
Everyone wishes to live in peace, young and old. People work hard, live hard and die hard hoping for the so-called “Peace” to arrive.
But what is peace? What does it mean to have peace among nations and at the same time to be peaceful in life, in business, in relationships? Is it ok to wish for global and personal peace? And what is the connection between peace and innovation?
He then told them, “Look at me, I am stronger than any elephant.”
He tried pushing a tree-log until he got tired and lay down to rest.
When he saw that he couldn’t climb higher than his giraffe friend or move or lift a log as his elephant friend, he told them, “Look at me, I can catch the gazelle all alone.”
He started running after the gazelle until he got tired and returned empty handed.
Ashamed, he left his friends and went to his mother, asking, “Tell me mother, how to show all that I will be a good king and that they can trust me to have peace under my reign, if I am not the tallest, the strongest and fastest of them all? Maybe you can tell me where is peace and I will go and bring it to them and they can see with their own eyes that I am the right king for them!”
“Dear son, it is simple, peace is right here, behind you.”
“In your tail!”
“My tail? Oh, I am so happy, so all I need to do is to catch my tail,” said the young lion and started running after its tail, round and round for hours, till he got tired.
“Mother, tell me, how come I can’t catch my tail?” asked the young lion.
“Ha-ha, dear son, you should never chase peace as is, we all love you for your big heart and for your curious and playful mind. Always remember to be wise enough, to move forward, go your way and be a good friend and peace will naturally follow.”
The young lion thanked his mother for what she taught him and happily returned to play with his friends.
MORALS OF THE STORY
Global peace starts from within. The key to peacefulness is inner inspection of your skills, talents and personal integrity and personality. Awareness, understanding and vigilance, will help you overcome evil and failure.
Peace is not something you pursue. It is something you attract by the person you become. If you wish to have people of quality around you, then you must be of quality yourself!
You cannot succeed alone. As we all know, lions hunt together as a pack. It takes all of us to build a society, a country and a global community to go out there explore new frontiers and inhabit new (intellectual) lands.
Our success as a human species lies in our ability to cooperate. Societies that collaborate better have greater chances of survival and making a global impact. The secret to success is not in the body or the brain, but in the communication network that connects many individuals and builds trust in one another.
When there is trust in society. Sustainable innovation happens. People feel safe and enabled to take risks and make the long-term commitments needed to innovate. When there is trust, people are willing to share their ideas and collaborate on each other’s inventions.