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By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

Kids are intimidated by the way science and technology is presented. It's made, frankly, quite boring and it becomes part of a curriculum that chases particularly women and minorities away.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

Some broad themes brought me where I am today. At a very young age, my hobby became thinking and finding connections.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

Clearly, there are many places where diesel is king or gas-turbine is king, or IC engines will win, but there are many places in the world where, as we've seen, they just won't do the job. The modern version of the Stirling engine has some very, very attractive characteristics, and we're trying to optimize it for some of those applications.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

I think we have a society which is spending more and more of its money on healthcare as a percent of GDP as a percent of a lot of things. I think that's a measure of success.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

More than ever, the world needs good engineers. However, the pool of talent is shrinking not growing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

I don't work on a project unless I believe that it will dramatically improve life for a bunch of people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

Life is so short. Why waste a single day of it doing something that doesn't matter, that doesn't try to do something big?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

Nothing that has value, real value, has no cost. Not freedom, not food, not shelter, not healthcare.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dean Kamen

Whatever the marketplace, if talented people are given resources, they're going to keep driving us to having better, simpler, cheaper solutions to problems.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

People take the longest possible paths, digress to numerous dead ends, and make all kinds of mistakes. Then historians come along and write summaries of this messy, nonlinear process and make it appear like a simple, straight line.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

As we move towards 8 or 10 billion people on the planet, there's a little less gold per capita. Each one of us will continue to be fighting over an ever smaller percentage of total resources. This is not a happy thought

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dean Kamen

The word entrepreneur is associated with success and adventure. From my life, the only thing I can tell you that's consistently associated with entrepreneurship is failure, and the only thing consistently associated with invention is frustration. There is a long road between the idea and the reality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

Americans thinking that America will continue to lead the world in innovation and quality of life without some quick and serious educational improvements are dangerously delusional.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dean Kamen

We cant live any more in a world which is based on stuff and not ideas. If you want to live with the world of stuff, were all doomed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

Innovation needs to be nurtured throughout an organization. Management is doing things right, whereas leadership is doing the right things.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dean Kamen

To me, innovations are the wheel, fire, language, movable type. There are not 3 million innovations; there are 3 million inventions

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

Invention and entrepreneurship isn't about pure technology. Most people take whatever they see in front of them and relate it to something they understand. For at least ten years after Ford started building cars, people called them horseless carriages. It wasn't obvious to call it a car. They used to call the radio 'the wireless.' Innovation is much more about changing people and their perceptions and their attitudes and their willingness to accept change than it is about physics and engineering.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

In a free society, you get what you celebrate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

In the culture of America, in a free culture, you get what you celebrate. And in this culture, we have two obsessions, become a group that becomes a group that celebrates sports heroes and entertainment heroes. There's no room left for kids to see even a little bit of the opportunities to really, really get excited about becoming an inventor, an engineer, or a scientist, a problem solver.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dean Kamen

We are in a race between knowledge and catastrophe. If we keep track of what is important, never lower our standards or forget why we are here, we have the ability to determine the fate of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

[Chuck's wife] was standing behind me at the time and she said, 'Chuck hasn't fed himself in 19 years. So, you've got a choice: We keep the arm, or you keep Chuck.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

I think our society is no longer properly valuing the intangible potential of innovation, even if we have to be a little uncomfortable with the risks associated with it, and a little bit willing to fail, pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and try again. We don’t seem to want to do that as much as we used too.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dean Kamen

There is just so much stuff in the world that, to me, is devoid of any real substance, value, and content that I just try to make sure that I am working on things that matter.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

Sporting competitions seem to be what we obsess over, frankly. So if we can put engineering, science, technology into a format of healthy, fun competition, we can attract all sorts of kids that might not see the kind of activity we do as accessible or rewarding.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

I'd rather lose my own money than someone else's.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

The city needs a car like a fish needs a bicycle.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

I think an education is not only important, it is the most important thing you can do with your life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

An innovation is one of those things that society looks at and says, if we make this part of the way we live and work, it will change the way we live and work.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dean Kamen

You have teenagers thinking they're going to make millions as NBA stars when that's not realistic for even 1 percent of them. Becoming a scientist or engineer is.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dean Kamen

We live in a world where virtually everybody expects there's going to be some reasonable therapy for virtually any situation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

Tell me it's never been done. Because the only real laws in this world-the only things we really know-are the two postulates of relativity, the three laws of Newton, the four laws of thermodynamics, and Maxwell's equation-no, scratch that, the only things we really know are Maxwell's equations, the three laws of Newton, the two postulates of relativity, and the periodic table. That's all we know that's true. All the rest are man's laws

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

I consider high-speed data transmission an invention that became a major innovation. It changed the way we all communicate

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

I started realizing that I wasn't so dumb; rather, most people simply didn't know the answers to the questions that I was interested in-or they didn't care

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

My biggest worry is I'm running out of time and energy. Thirty years ago I thought 10 years was a really long time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

Inspiration comes from the heart. The letter ‘I’ is the heart of F”I”RST… (F Inspiration R S T).

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

I think in our lifetime, that level of acceptance of "well, we couldn't do any better," won't be tolerated. We're going to start to see individual therapies customized for individual patients, and it's going to change the way people get healthcare.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

Sometimes we crash and burn. It's better to do it in private.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

Education, actual learning - it is hard work. It's very personal. Your parents don't teach you anything. Your teachers don't teach you anything. The government doesn't teach you anything. You read it. You don't understand it; you read it again. You break a pencil and read it again.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

In some cases, inventions prohibit innovation because we're so caught up in playing with the technology, we forget about the fact that it was supposed to be important.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

I do not want to waste any time. And if you are not working on important things, you are wasting time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

A patent, or invention, is any assemblage of technologies or ideas that you can put together that nobody put together that way before. That's how the patent office defines it. That's an invention

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

Most of the time you will fail, but you will also occasionally succeed. Those occasional successes make all the hard work and sacrifice worthwhile.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dean Kamen

I'm a human entropy producer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dean Kamen

New ideas in technology are literally a dime-a-dozen, or cheaper than that