Emerging technologies afford profound opportunities for progress. However, invention by itself does not drive impact. What is required is the ability to thoughtfully and pragmatically apply a technology to solve a relevant problem in a given domain. A critical role is played by lead users, inquisitive workers in the trenches who are confronted by the need to a solve specific problem, and inspired by the role an emerging technology might play in addressing this urgent need.
Inventors create the potential for profound advance; implementers realize the promise.
For more on this theme, see:
"A Drug Is Not An Outcome: Extending Translation Through Implementation Using Real-World Data" Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 2019
"Tech Impact Requires Deep Engagement With Biopharma Lead Users" Timmerman Report, 2020
"The Value and Necessity of Tinkering" Timmerman Report, 2020