Are We Alone – Better Mousetrap

by Gary Niederhoff on February 7, 2011

It’s the perennial dream: build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. We go to San Jose’s famed Tech Museum to learn what it takes to turn a good idea into a grand success.

Remember the Super Soaker squirt gun? Hear how its inventor is now changing the rules for solar energy.

Where do good ideas come from? A Eureka moment in the bathtub? We’ll find out that it doesn’t happen so quickly – or easily.

And finally, the life cycle of society-changing technologies, from the birth of radio to the future of the Internet.

Inventions, inventors and innovation: all part of the mix on “Better Mousetrap.”

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: At the Tech (part 1).
Part 2: Lonnie Johnson on invention.
Part 3: At the Tech (part 2).
Part 4: Steven Johnson on innovation.
Part 5: Tim Wu on the life cycle of new information technology.
Part 6: At the Tech (part 3).

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