Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Adapt or Die to the Colliding Exponentials 

A good interview with Curt Carlson, CEO of SRI. It introduces, to me at least, the concept of Colliding Exponentials:

“Well, at SRI, we look for what we call "colliding exponentials," where, for example, computing runs into communications and creates the Internet. So we focus on the real important problems that result when that type of intersection happens, because usually, when it does happen, it changes the ecosystem. It breaks things apart and creates lots of new opportunities, both for technology and also for licensing and venture deals and basic research.”

Just to keep pushing the physics particles metaphor a bit, we can think that the collision of ideas and concepts acts as a chain reaction heating up our business ecosystem. It’s like heating up a gas. The speed of change can only increase as collisions become more frequent. Via Evelyn Rodriguez.

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