Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fwd: How play leads to great inventions

See people in their zeal to improve school grades and learning underestimate the importance of play.  Steven Johnson is a very good author and speaker with eye-opening ideas.

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Steven Johnson: How play leads to great inventions

07:25 minutes · Filmed Oct 2016 · Posted Nov 2016 · TED Studio

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Well, not always. Steven Johnson shows us how some of the most transformative ideas and technologies, like the computer, didn't emerge out of necessity at all but instead from the strange delight of play. Turns out, you'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

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