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Quiz #3: Liquid Networks video, Johnson

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Question 1
In order to strengthen your creative ability, to make your mind more innovative,
one needs to join environments that mimic the brain's neural networks, i.e. an
environment that enhances the natural capacity to make new connections.

Question 2
The three different phases of matter gas, liquid, and solid can be used to
describe the development of ideas. The biological primordial soup is a liquid
environment. Explain how the other two phases can be used to explain noncreative environments below. (1 point each)
As a metaphor for networks, a liquid environment is conducive to creativity
because....(select one)
the environment is extremely dense and constant interaction between
elements creates stability.
the environment is dense and binding forces are temporary.
when interactions happen, they are highly charged and volatile.
individual elements rarely interact.

Question 3

Which two fundamental concepts are needed for increased innovation and
creativity through connecting ideas? (Select two.)
A fluid, plastic environment where multiple combinations can be easily made
and reconfigured.
Commonplace books for recording ideas.
The World Wide Web.
A dense collection of numerous variables, such as is present in a city.
Carbon and silicone chemical structures along with amino acids.

Question 4
Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea for the World Wide Web in a sudden
"Eureka" moment.

Question 5
The traditional coffeehouse is credited as a platform for increasing the number
of creative ideas and innovations. Which of these is NOT a reason for this?
Coffeehouses attracted wealthy individuals, who had the resources to spend
on creative endeavors.
People started consuming caffeine rather than drinking alcohol.
Coffeehouses provided a space where many people could come together to
share ideas.
The architecture of the coffeehouse allowed for people from diverse

backgrounds to interact.

Question 6

According to Johnson, the greatest driving force behind scientific and

technological innovation over the past 600 years is/are:
The ability to multitask.
Slow hunches that develop over many years.
Environments that allow for patterns of connectivity.
Serendipitous information.

Question 7
Neo-natal incubators shipped to developing world had a problem of breaking
down with no possibility to be fixed on site. What was Timothy Prestero's
Incubators made from car parts could be easily and cheaply repaired.
Incubators made from simple materials that could be replaced on a budget.
Repurposed microwaves into functioning incubators.
Incubators that are solar powered, so they could run anywhere.

Question 8
According to Gruber, Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection was the product of an
epiphany, a sudden "eureka" moment.

Question 9
Without the slow hunch behind the tracking of Sputnik, and the idea to turn the
technology into missile systems for the cold war, GPS would not be what it is
today. What other element, according to Johnson, was needed to make GPS
available everywhere?

Open-source development.
Tape recorders.
Microwave hacking.

Question 10
Innovation happens when chance favors the connected mind....what is
Johnson's over-arching formula for creativity and innovation?
The environment you spend time in has a direct impact on your creative
Interacting with a diverse group of people contributes to divergent creative
Discussing ideas rather than protecting them, and letting them develop over
time, help you come up with creative solutions.
All of the above.