Design of an invention support software
In the same way that there exist decision support software for managers, could imagine that one day researchers use… invention support software?
A master’s thesis demonstrated last year (with Maxwell’s equations as a case study) that the great scientific discoveries are often based on a radical change in the physical interpretation of the observed phenomenon. To progress, the understanding of a phenomenon sometimes needs to be abandoned in favor of theories that seem at first sight completely counterintuitive. For instance, that was the case for quantum physics or electricity, an area where many physical interpretations invented in the 19th century (and still valid at present) owe their emergence to progresses in other fields of sciences such as fluid mechanics and heat transfer analysis.
Based on this idea, we can imagine that if the researcher had a tool which can encode data from its experiences, and then automatically and massively compare with experiments and theories from other sciences, that tool could offer new interpretations to the researcher, certainly surprising but potentially valid.
Such a tool should solve a series of non-trivial problems: how to encode an experiment? a theory or its elements? how to compare experiments with theories?
At a time when the power of IT combined with the one of networks have produced tools like Facebook or Wikipedia, this project consists in exploring the possibility - a little iconoclast – to make a collaborative IT tool that would promote the acceleration of innovation in one field of science by suggesting physical interpretations from analogies with the theories developed in other fields. The objective is primarily to explore these first ideas hitherto faintly considered and to identify where obstacles to the development of such a system are.