Technologies with the power to transform lives, industries, and societies almost always spring from the meeting of science and art. Author Walter Isaacson has documented how innovation happens at these crossroads in his biographies of Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs. His book The Innovators is a compendium on the topic, offering highlights from the lives of other ‘hackers, geniuses and geeks’ that made the discoveries that have led us to today’s digital revolution. This moment in Tech feels particularly transformative in that the silo mentality that has kept various engineering disciplines apart and evolving along different lines is breaking down. Experts in enterprise computing, telecoms, embedded systems, automation & controls are all contributing their brain power to a common goal—realizing smart and connected systems, aka the Internet of Things (IoT).
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