Kevin Ashton

Called a thing the Internet of Things. Wrote How to Fly a Horse—The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, available at

Creative People Say No

A Hungarian psychology professor once wrote to famous creators asking them to be interviewed for a book he was writing. One of the most interesting things about his…

How a Child Slave Created a Billion-Dollar Business

In the Indian Ocean, fifteen hundred miles east of Africa and four thousand miles west of Australia, lies an island that the…

Brainstorming Does Not Work

Why people who brainstorm are wasting their time.

Brainstorming was invented by advertising executive Alex Osborn in 1939 and first…

The Dumbest Question You Can Ask a Scientist

No one who knows the history of science would ask this question.

Publications edited by Kevin Ashton

The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery

Stop coddling your dog — he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California — Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier — named Junior, Taco…

The End of Creativity

The word “creativity” was made up less than a hundred years ago. It is time to stop using it.

Why Did Everybody Do the Harlem Shake?

It’s been exactly two years since the dance craze came and went

DeflateGate And The Softness Of The American Mind

The truth behind football’s latest “controversy” and what it tells us about ourselves.

Are You Ready For a Creative Life?

People in America’s Deep South tell a story about a musician named Robert Johnson. They say one night when the crickets were quiet and clouds curtained…

Why the Wright Brothers Flew First

Orville and Wilbur Wright were not first to think of building an airplane, nor first to start. So why were they first to fly?

The Creativity Myth

Creativity is not what we think it is

In 1815, Germany’s General Music Journal published a letter in which Mozart described his creative process: