The Future of Innovation: a CNBC.com Special Report

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    In the past half-century scientific advances and innovation have transformed our world, how much do you know about innovation?

  • What does the future hold for technology? If Cisco's "Chief Futurist" Dave Evans is correct, it will be the stuff of science fiction. Literally. Everything from unfathomably fast computers to teleportation will crop up in the next few decades. And it's not just technology that will change. Information itself will change, according to Evans. By 2060, he predicts that 95 percent of what we know will have been discovered in the last 50 years. So what we know today will make up only 5 percent of our

    What does the future hold for technology? If Cisco's "Chief Futurist" Dave Evans is correct, it will be the stuff of science fiction. Literally.

  • Most kids are creative—they color and make up games—but some kids get  creative and use their imagination to invent new products.“Kids are natural innovators,” said Jon Dudas, who used to work for the but is now the president of an organization designed to help foster innovations by kids in science and technology.Dudas said Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST and the inventor of the Segway personal transporter, got his first patent for an insulin pump when he was 17 years old. “His mom had to sign

    Did you know that the popsicle, ear muffs AND the trampoline were invented by kids? Here are 10 cool and inspiring inventions by kids — and how they did it!

  • Bert and John Jacobs designed their first t-shirts in 1989 and hawked them on the streets of Boston and at colleges along the East Coast. But for five years, success eluded them. Then, in 1994, they struck upon the idea to use a design of a cartoon figure called Jake and the motto “Life is good.” People seemed to embrace the simple message of optimism — the shirts were a hit at a local street fair and retailers soon became interested.Now Jake’s face and motto are on more than just shirts. You ca

    Many entrepreneurs with simple ideas and humble beginnings have been able to effectively turn those ideas into booming businesses.

  • With billions of products on the market, it’s hard for consumers to be shocked by the function or appearance of a gadget. But these products manage to do just that. Some are actually practical while others are just plain strange. Either way, these gadgets are sure to make you say, “What?!” They’ll wake you up, give you a massage, let you tweet in some of the strangest places and charge your gadgets. Here are 10 of the strangest gadgets you’ve ever seen.

    From an iPlunger to a solar-paneled bikini and a flying alarm clock, these gadgets are sure to make you do a double take — but they get the job done!

  • Since time immemorial, mankind has dreamed of what the future might hold. Would advances in medicine neuter deadly diseases as yet unconquerable? Would advances in science lead to the exploration of distant star systems? Would advances in architecture make houses look all curvy, like on the animated TV show "The Jetsons"?In the middle decades of the 20th century, homes of the future were uniformly depicted in films and television shows as identical, no matter the purpose or location. A three-bed

    Some of the designs are bold, some are bizarre, and some seem unlikely to get past the drafting table.

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    Years after the dotcom bust, capital is again flowing to needy entrepreneurs, but the funding structure is very different.

  • The Innovative University

    Real innovation isn’t common in higher education, especially at the most prestigious schools.

  • ManCans

    If you ever wonder how your kids can become entrepreneurs, here are six ways to do it.

  • An Indian man checks a new mobile phone at a shop in New Delhi on May 12, 2010.

    If you want to see who leads innovation and why, buy a ticket to Africa or India.

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    How do the best entrepreneurs manage to succeed so often and so convincingly?

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    Can India transition from being the favored destination for offshored services to a locus of innovation?

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