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15 May 2017

Inside the Invention Factory of Polymath Nathan Myhrvold

This confidant of Bill Gates wants to reinvent how inventions are born. He created a huge patent library and a “start-up factory” that has produced prototypes of nuclear reactors, antennas and radars, but also 900 new bread recipes...

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23 June 2016

Nathan Myhrvold, the man top chefs turn to for food science advice

The golden loaves of bread cooling on the rack, the seven gleaming ovens and the 23-kilogram sacks of flour would look at home in a commercial bakery. But the chefs bent over tubs of dough also have a washing-machine-sized centrifuge, a freeze dryer and a fully outfitted photo studio at their disposal. And instead of bread for sale, the team of chefs and scientists at work in this cavernous kitchen in the suburbs east of Seattle are producing a 2000-page, vividly photographed book full of molecular research and recipes that will challenge traditional assumptions about how to produce the perfect loaf. The five-volume Modernist Bread: The Art and Science, coming to sturdy bookshelves in March 2017, is the latest tome from The Cooking Lab, the research kitchen and publishing house founded by Nathan Myhrvold.

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14 June 2016

Bloomberg Advantage: Myhrvold sees AI interesting for investing

Nathan P Myhrvold CEO/Co-Founder Intellectual Ventures Management LLC Discussing the current invention environment and what he looks for before investing in technologies like artificial intelligence.

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14 June 2016

The Biggest Problem With Flying Cars Is The Pilots

The key to making effective flying cars is eliminating the need for a human pilot, according to Nathan Myhrvold, the co-founder and chief executive of Intellectual Ventures. "The problem with flying cars is that we're not all good enough to fly them," he said at a session at Bloomberg's 2016 Technology Conference in San Francisco. "The leading cause of plane crashes is pilot error."


23 May 2016

A Spat Over the Search for Killer Asteroids

More than 14,000 known asteroids zip through Earth’s neighborhood. They will all miss Earth in the coming decades. But hundreds of thousands more have not yet been discovered, and whether any of those are on course to slam into our planet, no one knows. So finding and tracking all the asteroids that could cross Earth’s path would allow officials to issue warnings and potentially provide time to deflect dangerous ones. The community of scientists contemplating such doomsday possibilities is small and usually cordial — at least until Nathan P. Myhrvold barged in.


23 May 2016

Billionaire technologist accuses NASA asteroid mission of bad statistics

Nathan Myhrvold says that scientists using a prominent NASA space telescope have made fundamental mistakes in their assessment of the size of more than 157,000 asteroids they have observed.


23 May 2016

Tech titan Nathan Myhrvold stirs up debate over search for killer asteroids

Millionaire techie Nathan Myhrvold is used to stirring up controversy over issues ranging from patent licensing to dinosaur growth rates, but now he’s weighing in on an even bigger debate: the search for potentially hazardous asteroids.


13 November 2015

Unnatural Acts of Discovery and Invention

Nathan Myhrvold challenges British aristocrat Matt Ridley's view that government just gets in the way of the natural evolution of science and invention - that too much taxpayer money is spent on science, and that patents hinder progress.


11 November 2015

Where Does Technological Innovation Come From?

Nathan Myhrvold squares off with author and journalist Matt Ridley on the source of true technological innovation. Nathan takes Ridley to task on a number of issues and defends the critical role government investment plays in basic scientific research, discusses the importance of patents and awards, and clarifies the true nature of parallel discovery in innovation.


03 November 2015

Exclusive Interview with Nathan Myhrvold

Nathan Myhrvold explains the role of invention in solving the most difficult problems for the poorest people in the world, shares thoughts on how to manage teams of smart people to accomplish great things and discusses the value of failure in the game of invention.


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