A biologist, an engineer, a designer and a musical robot builder walk into a room. Not a joke; it’s their office

Listen to too much talk about innovation, and before long you’re bound to hear someone utter the “cross” word. It might be followed by “fertilization,” maybe “pollination,” perhaps even “disciplinary,” but the sharing of ideas with unlike-minded people is an unavoidable hot topic that’s the holy grail of all wannabe world-changers.

After all, the thinking goes, working with or alongside those who have different skills and expertise can lead to unconventional insights and ideas. And those are the ones that will likely result in creations that actually have a shot at reinventing the status quo. And what self-respecting innovator isn’t interested in doing that? ...

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