How would the tech industry benefit if more creativity were encouraged?
I think it’s really important to blend different disciplines and mindsets to inspire creativity. A lot of the time in tech companies you may have incredible computer scientists with PhD degrees, but not a single person coming from a different discipline.
We need to co-create with the artists around us, because they can help with ideating the future. Take the futurist writer Jules Verne for example. He was imagining submarines 150 years ago – now they are a reality. Science-fiction literature is very important, because the writers and artists think outside of what technology can do today.
Take the famous Henry Ford quote: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Now we have the combustion engine and the car. He was going beyond what was possible at the time. It’s what we call design thinking.
It’s important to take these kinds of creative moments seriously, and then use technology and science to bring them into reality. It’s setting a very high bar, but it’s necessary because otherwise there is nothing to reach for.
Then business is critical, because without business whatever we invent is not going to take hold. It has to economically viable, and at the end of the day it also has to be responsible. We have to make sure it’s possible from the policy standpoint.