The “adjacent possible” — and how it explains human innovation

September 09, 2023
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The “adjacent possible” — and how it explains human innovation

Check out this captivating TED Talk by theoretical biologist Stuart Kauffman. Kauffman explains that the “adjacent possible” refers to the set of all possible next steps or potential innovations that are achievable from the current state of things. It encompasses the ideas, technologies, and possibilities that are just within reach, waiting to be discovered or created.

According to Kauffman, innovation occurs when individuals or societies explore the adjacent possible by combining existing elements in new ways. By constantly pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible, humans expand the adjacent possible and create new opportunities for further innovation. This concept emphasizes the interconnectedness of ideas and the importance of building upon existing knowledge and resources.

Have a listen to learn how to unlock new realms of innovation:

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