Sunday, August 14, 2011
Engineering creativity is, for lack of a better word, often downright subversive. One is fundamentally attempting to undermine an established system, process, and/or product. This might seem unsettling to some. Innovation needs to be disruptive - - the march of civilization is down the path of creative destruction. Engineers can be divided into two camps. Homo economicus - - one that makes the most of what nature permits him or her to have. The other is homo creativus - - one that rebels against nature's dictates. Technological creativity, like all creativity, is an act of rebellion. Given the complexity of our global problems and the apparent limits and constraints, the future might just belong to homo creativus.