Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013 Edition
| Editors: Elias G. Carayannis

Patterns of Technological Evolution

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_40



One of the most valuable outcomes of G. Altshuller’ s endeavor with the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) was the discovery that technological systems evolved not randomly but rather following objective Patterns of Technological Evolution. These patterns could be identified based on the analysis of historical development of various technological systems; once having been documented, they could be purposefully used for further system development of systems avoiding numerous blind trials. Eventually, patterns of technological evolution provided a means for TRIZ Forecasting and Directed Evolution® (registered Trademark of Ideation International Inc.) – controlling the evolution of technological systems rather than merely solving ongoing problems.

The relatively wide practical application of the first TRIZ knowledge base tool40 Inventive Principlesduring the 1970s revealed the dramatic range...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ideation International Inc.Farmington HillsUSA