Medical firms, universities drive increase in Indiana patents
May 28, 2016 Hayleigh Colombo
Indiana inventors secured 30 percent more patents in 2015 than they did four years earlier.
And at more than 2,000, last year’s number is double the patents granted to Hoosiers in 2008, a low point for patents in the past two decades.
What’s one thing you think will be done very differently in 100 years?
“I think we’ll solve electricity problems. A lot of places don’t have electricity, don’t have lights. I think there are a lot of inventions coming out that can solve that.” Hayley Nord,
Noblesville High School sophomore
“Artificial intelligence will make our lives so much more simplified, but at what cost?” Don Wettrick,
innovation teacher at
Noblesville High School
“I don’t think we’ll be living in houses anymore. I think it will be smaller. I think we’ll be on the moon. I think it’ll be small and much more mobile.” Bradford Wolf, Noblesville High School senior
What do you hope the future holds in the next 25 years?
“I think if there’s one thing I would hope to achieve in my own work, it’s to develop a therapeutic that would allow one to reduce body weight with a drug as effectively as surgery is in providing a treatment for obesity.
In terms of what I might hope for science, I’d like to know what the molecular basis of a memory constitutes. How do we acquire information? How do we deposit information? How do we retrieve such information? It’s something that totally escapes us today and I believe will become known to us in this century of biology.”
Richard DiMarchi, site director at Novo Nordisk at Purdue Research Park
How will technology change life in the next 20 years?
“You may not have to leave your house to do anything. That’s the biggest thing that’s going to come out of technology in 20 years. You can think it and it will be in your hands in five minutes.”
Criss Clark-Gray, EmployIndy business solutions representative
What will technology change about our lives in the next 10 years?
“I think probably within the next 10 years we’re going to be doing so much virtually. Virtual reality and augmented reality, whether it’s going to school virtually or going to work virtually or doctors’ appointments. We won’t physically have to be in the place where historically we’ve been physically anymore. Distance is no longer going to matter and your presence is going to be a much more virtual factor.”
Bill Soards, AT&T Indiana president
If you had the skills to invent anything in the world, what would it be?
“A robot that could do my homework for me and knew everything before old people [do].”
Lazarus Tipton, age 8
“A helmet that you put on your head and it knows everything in a snap.”
Lyndal Tipton, age 8
Sons of Angela Covell-Tipton,
Indianapolis Public Schools literacy coach
What’s your tech wish for the next 20 years?
“I would love to see an application that would track or peg the location of all the mobile food truck operations in the city and, like an Uber application, it would follow the trucks around. So you could literally go to a map, touch, and load where all the trucks are and then go to your favorite mobile operation.”
Justin Walker, restaurateur
How do you expect technology to change our future in the next 25 years?
“In the future, I think one of the biggest things we’re not prepared for that is going to happen for us is, technology is going to evolve to the point where it’s telling us what to do. We’re going to have a number of people that are going to be very much focused on the predictive analytics side but also putting people back in to solve the solution, not having technology solve it all for us.”
Shawn Herring, Torchlite marketing co-founder and CMO
What problem would you like to see technology solve in the next 10 years?
“I hope that technology will help make garage sales and what they’re selling more convenient to search and find. It would be cool to know who’s selling kids’ clothes and kids’ toys that are close to me and when so that I can buy kids’ stuff on discount.”
Melissa Larcom, engineer and stay-at-home mom
What problem do you hope technology solves soon?
“I really hope the future solves, in the next five to 10 years, perfect exact voice recognition. It would help me immensely because then I would not have to type into my Word documents for any letters or memos or policies I’m writing.”
James Meer, Appirio worldwide controller