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Professor Boris Plahteanu was born in Bessarabia, in Chişinău, on September 22st 1941. During the war, his family moved to Romania. He graduated from the Politechnical Institute, Iaşi as a valedictorian, and completed his PhD in mechanical engineering in 1973 more specifically in the area of industrial engineering. He was immediately recruited as a Member of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Since 1990, Professor Plahteanu has been a Member of the National Inventics Institute of Iaşi, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Inventics, and Scientific Manager.

Since 2002 he has been General Manager of the National Inventics Institute and is Coordinator of the Regional Centre of the European Network PATLIB for the promotion of intellectual property. With about 87 patents submitted to the National Trademark Office, Boris Plahteanu is the winner of several national and international trophies with over 60 Golden Medals in the international fair of inventions, and he owns several Romanian and international distinctions.

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Published in News and Events
Thursday, 19 March 2015 19:02

Innovators Under 35

THE LEADING COMMUNITY OF INNOVATORS, PIONEERS AND SOCIAL CHANGEMAKERS.

Innovators Under 35 is the leading global community of innovators, pioneers and social changemakers. Created in 1999, this community is curated by MIT Technology Review. Each year MIT Technology Review discovers new generations of Innovators Under 35, the young leaders developing new technologies to solve the major global challenges of today in remarkably different ways and impacting the lives of millions of people around the globe. These young winners are part of a global community of innovators, who are leading the next generation of technological changes, and transforming the way we are going to live and work in the coming decades. Find out more.

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Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:09

The Real Creativity Crisis

There are many benefits to modern technology, but there are drawbacks as well, and several of these have a direct impact on creative potential. Because so many people use the internet, and in particular social media, any negative effects of internet usage are wide-ranging and profound. They could certainly be considered indicative of a crisis. Just to name one indication that the magnitude of the problem deserves to be called a crisis, early in 2013 over 604 million people were using Facebook - and that is just one of several social media. Hence, if social media inhibit creativity, the problem is a big one. The present article describes how social media and networks might inhibit creativity and identifies the types of individuals who are most likely to suffer. It concludes with a brief discussion of methods for immunizing against the inhibitive effects. Perhaps the crisis can be avoided, or at least mitigated, and the creativity crisis averted.

Abstract

There are many benefits to modern technology, but there are drawbacks as well, and several of these have a direct impact on creative potential. Because so many people use the internet, and in particular social media, any negative effects of internet usage are wide-ranging and profound. They could certainly be considered indicative of a crisis. Just to name one indication that the magnitude of the problem deserves to be called a crisis, early in 2013 over 604 million people were using Facebook - and that is just one of several social media. Hence, if social media inhibit creativity, the problem is a big one. The present article describes how social media and networks might inhibit creativity and identifies the types of individuals who are most likely to suffer. It concludes with a brief discussion of methods for immunizing against the inhibitive effects. Perhaps the crisis can be avoided, or at least mitigated, and the creativity crisis averted.

Keywords: Creativity crisis, social media, networks, innovation, intrinsic motivation, autonomy

Professor Boris Plahteanu was born in Bessarabia, in Chişinău, on September 22st 1941. During the war, his family moved to Romania. He graduated from the Politechnical Institute, Iaşi as a valedictorian, and completed his PhD in mechanical engineering in 1973 more specifically in the area of industrial engineering. He was immediately recruited as a Member of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Since 1990, Professor Plahteanu has been a Member of the National Inventics Institute of Iaşi, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Inventics, and Scientific Manager.

Since 2002 he has been General Manager of the National Inventics Institute and is Coordinator of the Regional Centre of the European Network PATLIB for the promotion of intellectual property. With about 87 patents submitted to the National Trademark Office, Boris Plahteanu is the winner of several national and international trophies with over 60 Golden Medals in the international fair of inventions, and he owns several Romanian and international distinctions.

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