Automating Innovation: Another Beyond Search Moment

May 7, 2015

What future Bill Gates or Larry Page can resist the notion of automating innovation. The notion that invention is 99 percent perspiration is definitely the equivalent of making horseshoes with a fire, hammer, and a strong arm.

I read Inno 360’s article “5 Things We Do to Automate Innovation.” Note that this is not automating information analysis which garnered Banjo $100 million in funding. Inno 360 deals with innovation, the Tesla type of battery insight.

The write up identifies five steps:

  1. Semantic search
  2. Visualizations
  3. Outreach
  4. Collaborative evaluation and vetting management
  5. Content management.

I find this list of items quite interesting. Each item is a basket containing numerous and often widely divergent technologies, definitions, and features.

If you are intrigued by a company asserting that it can do automatically that which a handful of humans achieves, navigate to I cannot define semantic search and content management. I don’t know what collaborative evaluation and vetting management means either, particularly in terms of automation. I have a good handle on visualizations. These are pictures, and I know that many cyber OSINT systems can generate visual outputs.

Automating innovation is a new angle, and I think it may be quite a remarkable achievement if it works. Innovation in information access is needed. Humans have not made much progress in the last 50 years when it comes to information access. The search box seems to the go to solution.

Stephen E. Arnold, May 7, 2015


One Response to “Automating Innovation: Another Beyond Search Moment”

  1. Assaf Thon on July 27th, 2015 5:10 am

    Well, inspiration, in my mind cannot be automated. But semantic search and visualisation sure can.
    This is exactly what we are doing in CandorMap (, locating your idea / invention / product description in the global patent map.
    For this we created the global semantic map of all patents (rest can be best tested on site)
    Great tool for innovators, inventors, analysts and managers.

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