IBM ThinkFridays: Time to become innovative
If you think Google's "20% Time" is a great idea for encouraging innovation and creativity, check out what IBM is doing. According to Computerworld, IBM's offices in the U.S. have instituted "ThinkFridays" as a way of stimulating out-of-the-box thinking:
"On January 1, IBM rolled out companywide "ThinkFridays," a block of Friday
afternoon time free of nonessential meetings and interruptions.
(Workers in the U.S. also try to honor ThinkFridays overseas.) IBM
programmers, who are spread across three continents, started using
ThinkFridays a year ago to research new technologies or work on papers
or patents, says Tim Donofrio, an IBM vice president. He says it's "a
mental break from the endless phone calls, e-mail and instant
messages," enabling employees to get done at least some of the work
that tends to get pushed into nights or weekends."
Sounds great - I just hope the IBM guys and girls don't spend too much time building their Second Life communities when they should be in developing innovative new products in First Life.
[image: IBM in Second Life]
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- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
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- For centuries cultures have personified death to give this terrifying mystery a familiar face.
- Modern science has demystified death by divulging its biological processes, yet many questions remain.
- Studying death is not meant to be a morbid reminder of a cruel fate, but a way to improve the lives of the living.
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