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It’s still early days for virtual reality, but filmmaker Chris Milk is bullish about the possibilities. Here, the man who melted the Internet with projects for Arcade Fire and Johnny Cash mulls the possibilities of the medium he’s betting on in a big way.

4 Critical mistakes that inventors make

The history of innovation isn’t a straight line, but a squiggly, winding path. In How We Got To Now, my new book and PBS documentary series, I highlight some of the creative mistakes that helped shape our world.

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As director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito is constantly thinking about what the future might hold. But, he says, an obsession with what’s to come is unhealthy and unhelpful. He shares 8 pieces of advice to help us embrace complexity and thrive right now.

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Doug Menuez began photographing Steve Jobs in 1985, and then he spent 15 years immersed in the booming world of Silicon Valley innovation. Take a step back in time to see young titans in action.

While studying for his Ph.D, Uri Alon had a meltdown; his research was going in loops, all paths leading to dead-ends. A way through the pain came from an unlikely source: improv theater. We might all do well to try it.

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That’s right. The cockroach. How watching Robert Full’s TED Talk effectively ruined the day of writer Kate Torgovnick May.

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The technology advances of the last 30 years were great. But they’re just the start. What’s most exciting is still to come, says author Nilofer Merchant.