Analogy-Driven Innovation and Pavlov’s Fish

March 26, 2008  

What if you could train a fish like you train a dog?  What if you could create a Pavlov’s fish? And why would you want to?

According to an Associated Press article, “The idea is to train fish to return to a feeding source when they hear a particular sound.  Scientists are testing a plan to train fish to catch themselves by swimming into a net when they hear a tone that signals feeding time. If it works, the system could eventually allow black sea bass to be released into the open ocean, where they would grow to market size, then swim into an underwater cage to be harvested when they hear the signal.”

This is an interesting example of analogy-driven innovation; taking a concept from one area and applying it to another.  This idea must be gaining popularity.  Just last week I was interviewed by a major national newspaper on the topic of analogy-driven innovation.  This can be an incredible source of new ideas – without needing to reinvent the wheel.

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