Do you realize if it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight?
It is not simply the brightest who have the best ideas; it is those who are best at harvesting ideas from others. It is not only the most determined who drive change; it is those who most fully engage with like-minded people. And it is not wealth or prestige that best motivates people; it is respect and help from peers.
—Alex Pentland in Social Physics
Prosperity is best understood as the accumulation of solutions to human problems.