This may not be a typical gadget post, but here's an idea that fascinates me. Nathan Myhrvold, former CTO of Microsoft, left to found a company called Intellectual Ventures. They invest in invention, not companies. He's been the subject of a New Yorker article on the abundance of big ideas by Malcolm Gladwell, which covers the basics of what they do at IV. I believe that Nathan also worked on a post-doc in Cosmology alongside Stephen Hawking. Mossberg is interviewing him at D, right now.
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