Innovation: Finding The 3rd Alternative

There are two quotes on innovation that I came across recently that I liked and wanted to share:


The first by David Ben-Gurion:

If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert. 


The second by Shimon Peres:

When you have two alternatives, the first thing you have to do is to look for the third that you didn’t think about, that doesn’t exist.

Both of these smart thinkers understood that solutions and innovation means breaking previous paradigms and thinking outside the box.

They got it absolutely right! 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Israel 2020: Day 5

Went to the Holon Design Museum (south of Tel Aviv) today. 


They had exhibit called States of Extreme.


I found some really cool exhibits and ideas there.


Sort of felt my mind being expanded by it, which is I suppose one of the purposes of going to this. 


Two of my favorite from today:


1) The chair with people legs and 


2) The Fanuc robotic arm feeding the baby in the crib.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did. 


And Shabbat Shalom to everyone from the Holy Land!


(Credit Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Making The Impossible, Possible

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “Making The Impossible, Possible.”

Even though the Jewish people are a tiny minority in the world, through our faith, determination, and the help of G-d, we are able to survive against all odds, contribute to the world far beyond our mere numbers, and succeed in truly incredible ways. From Einstein, Freud, and Marx to Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Ellison, we are a people that punches way above our weight.


I believe the lessons of faith and determination is one that we can all take away from the tests of our forefathers in the Bible to the flourishing modern State of Israel and to how we live our own lives today. G-d tests all of us, and if we go forward and answer His calling with a full heart and perseverance, G-d will help us to succeed above our wildest of dreams and even beyond the very laws of nature.


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Square Watermelons

I thought this was pretty novel. 


A square watermelon. 


Why do you need a square watermelon?


It was created to make transportation easier and to fit on the tight shelves of small stores in Japan. 


How do you make a round/oval watermelon square?


Why of course, you put a box around it while it’s still small and on the vine. 


Ah, I think they broke the mold on this innovative idea.  LOL


The problem is that that because they are harvested before they are ripe, they are inedible. 


So the Japanese use them for decorations, and they can last about a year. 


They are so unique, they cost roughly $100 for one. 


Why be square, when you can be round? 😉


(Credit Photo: Defense Acquisition University)

Interplanetary Travel – Coming Soon

Awesome presentation on Interplanetary Travel by Charlie Kuehmann, VP Materials Engineering at SpaceX and Tesla. 


Interplanetary travel and colonization is one of the most exciting possibilities for mankind.  

 

It’s all just beginning (we’ve only been in orbit for about 50 years). 


One of the keys Charlie mentioned at SpaceX and Telsa is how quickly we learn. 


It’s okay to fail, as long as we learn quickly and progress from it.  


The progress with reusable rockets at SpaceX is impressive. 


Can’t wait for more to come soon.  😉


(Credit Video: Andy Blumenthal)

That Decisive Qualitative Edge

So I am reading this book called “Israel’s Edge.”


It’s basically about their elite genius program, “Talpiot,” in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).  


Each year the program accepts only the top 50 out of 100,000 graduating high school students for a 9-year commitment. 


There are the mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists that help give the IDF the cutting edge in military R&D and other innovations. 


These are the brain trust behind Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system and Trophy tank active protection system and many more both military and industrial advances. 


This program was born after the almost disastrous 1973 Yom Kippur War where Israel misjudged the intelligence and the advances in their enemies capability and almost lost the war. 


I like the philosophy of General Yitzhak Ben-Israel who understands the importance of challenging the status quo and looking differently at critical situations and avoiding confirmation bias:

My method is not to look for supporting evidence. I look for refuting evidence…you see one white swan, then a second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth. You still can’t conclude that all swans are white…nature builds us to be inductive, to make generalizations from past experience…this standard way of scientific thinking can be limiting and destructive.”

Instead we must be continuously curious, think outside the box, be creative, and innovate. 


Especially, where we don’t have a quantitative advantage like with Israel surrounded by many enemies, then we must rely on a very sharp qualitative edge. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

Cheesecake Heaven

So I never met a piece of cheesecake that I didn’t like. 


This was an awesome display of the varieties of it at the Cheesecake Factory.


I remember my mom used to make a pretty darn great cheesecake (and a lot of other good food)!


I still can see the graham cracker crust with the sweet hot creamy cheese filling coming out of the oven. 


Unfortunately one of the conundrum of life is that all the good tasting things are so darn fattening and bad for us. 


I think though if they can make fake burgers like Beyond that taste like the real thing, then surely at some point they will figure out how to make a skinny cheesecake that tastes good. 


There are still some mysteries left in this universe for us to unravel. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)