Top 30 innovations

The Wharton School of Business recently convened a panel of experts to answer the question, ‘what are the top 30 innovations of the last 30 years?’. The article ‘A World Transformed‘ summarizes their conclusions. Not many surprises in there I guess. But it is striking how many of them emerged directly from advances in computer science. I am still amazed how many people I meet who have this vague notion that computer science is old news, and that they need to move on to something new and exciting, like biology or finance. To really believe that computer science is old news, one must believe that this dramatic period of CS-lead innovation is now coming to a screeching halt. Based on the energy and creativity I see in our department, I’m betting that’s not true!

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