Does innovation require the marriage of a brilliant mind and unique “scenery”? I hope not, but it might make sense for research institutions to optimize their topography for the most novel thinking. For example, OpenAI and DeepMind might surround themselves with babies, to derive inspiration from how humans learn.
If you’re gonna make connections which are innovative, you’ve got to connect two experiences together, that you have to not have the same bag of experiences as everyone else does, or else you’re going to make the same connections. Then you won’t be innovative, and then nobody will give you an award. So, what you gotta do, is get different experiences than the normal course of events.