Out of the Ordinary
process of invention often produces creative solutions to interesting
problems. While these new ideas may result in beautifully strange and
useful products, it is their uniqueness that makes them so hard to fit
into predefined categories, so hard to classify. That is why we have this
It is easy to say that a hoe is a gardening implement or that a process for
oilsands extraction can be seen as a development in resource extraction.
How should we categorize, however, the remarkable technology used to
assist in the construction of the International Space Station? How should
we classify a garbage bin that prevents bears from getting in and, in
doing so, helps to conserve their numbers and ensure public safety?
Whimsical and clever, a suitcase that functions as a life preserver seems
to elude categorization. Perhaps the best strategy is to let each
invention in this section stand on its own.
None of the inventions profiled in this section are connected to each
other in either purpose or design. As vastly different as they are,
however, they do have one connectiona connection to Albertas inventive
spirit and ingenious minds.
Mastering Tradition and Technology
by Mikell Montagne
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