Is Kia Silverbrook history’s greatest inventor? On the surface, it might seem so. He holds 9,700 patents and patent applications internationally. Business Insider calls him the greatest inventor in the modern era. On the other hand, Thomas Edison, the famous inventor of the light bulb, only accumulated 2,332 patents.
Yet raw numbers tell only half the story, a fact which Kia himself was quick to emphasize. Patents, he said, merely gives one the right to prevent someone else from making a piece of technology.
“Having a lot of patents is like having a lot of legal contracts, it’s not something to get excited about,” he added.
Kia Silverbrook was in Singapore for the Distinguished Technopreneur Speaker Series (DTS). It is an initiative that engages the world’s top innovators to share their experience with entrepreneurs, industry professionals, researchers, scholars and students in the country. The dialogue with Kia was held on 13th September at Biopolis, the center of biotechnology in Singapore. Read more
With more than 4,400 granted US patents and more than 9,700 patents or patent applications internationally, Kia Silverbrook is one of the most prolific inventors in history. Silverbrook has founded companies and developed products in a wide range of disciplines, including computer graphics, video and audio production, scientific computing, factory automation, digital printing, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), molecular electronics, internet software, content management, genetic analysis, MEMS devices, security inks, photovoltaic solar cells, and interactive paper.
His inventions cover a wide variety of advanced technologies, including integrated circuit (chip) architecture, internet commerce, computer graphics, cryptography, digital music synthesis, digital paper, digital printing, digital video, DNA analysis, fault tolerance, image processing, lab-on-a-chip, liquid crystal displays, mechanical engineering, MicroElectroMechanical systems, microfluidics, 3D fabrication, nanotechnology, organic chemistry, parallel processing, polymers, robotics, semiconductor fabrication and sensors.
At the fifth installment of the DTS Forum series, ETPL has the honour of inviting Mr Kia Silverbrook to share his wealth of knowledge and experience to inspire entrepreneurs, industry professionals, researchers and academia in Singapore to explore the potential of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Mr Silverbrook will speak on the following topics:
· Why there can be no guaranteed ‘formula’ for success
· Things to avoid, things that benefit
· The rate of innovation in the 20th century
· Major technologies that will shape the next half century
· Technologies which are currently over-hyped
· Why there will be no ‘singularity’
Also meet Mr Pete Bonee, Partner, Innosight Ventures who will moderate a post-talk question and answer session.
When: Thursday 13th September 2012
Where: 30 Biopolis Street, Matrix Building, Level 4, Exploration Theatrette, Singapore 138671
NO registration link. Just turn up.