Daniel Robison, WBFO

@RobisonRobison

WBFO/Western New York reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Daniel Robison came to Buffalo from WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, where he was assistant news director.  Robison has contributed to NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition SundayOn Point with Tom Ashbrook, PRI's The WorldVoice of America, Chicago Public MediaWNYC, the Ohio River Radio Consortium, Allegheny Front and assisted APM's The Story and Marketplace.

Robison has an M.A. from Indiana University and graduated in 2007 with a degree in history from the University of Evansville.  

Robison hails from Kentuckiana (the Indiana side!), better known as the Louisville Metro Area. You can follow him at @robisonrobison

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11:06am

Wed August 25, 2010
Electronic Medical Records

If doctors' offices are so high tech then why are my medical records still in a manila folder?

British scientists say chickens came first. Now who's going to take the first stab at digitizing trillions of pages of medical records?
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This is a chicken-or-the-egg post. But in the old sense. Apparently some smarties got together and figured that one out (it was the chicken, btw). I suppose now they can focus on why the chicken crossed the road. Maybe to lay the first egg? 

Anyway...

Yesterday I reported a story about a $16 million grant awarded locally to improve the existing system of electronic medical record keeping.  

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12:37pm

Tue August 24, 2010
Ideas

Creativity...the economic edition

How can the basic building blocks of ideas and creativity result in a functioning adaptive economy?
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What is creativity?

Well, according to one definition: it’s imagining new ideas by learning how to envision that which cannot be immediately seen.

So that implies that creativity can be taught. 

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5:00pm

Fri August 20, 2010
History of Innovation

Is then now? Future shock for millennials

Pop the popcorn and head into the past with "Future Shock."
Image courtesy paleo-future.blogspot.com

While researching the waning years of Orson Welles's career I came upon a documentary he narrated in 1972 called "Future Shock." 

The film is based on a popular late 1960s book by Alvin Toffler, who claims the title "futurist." How does one earn such a distinction? Sign me up! 

Essentially, future shock is a condition resulting from too much change in too short of time. It's the lack of permanence. It's a tail wind of transience that (the theory is...) undermines how we orient ourselves in the world. 

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4:51pm

Fri August 20, 2010
Design

Here's an IDeA: Making the world "universal"

Designing for a universal world.
Image courtesy Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access

I was at the University at Buffalo interviewing a gentleman for a completely unrelated story when I stumbled upon an idea. Actually, the IDeA.

Primer: IDeA = the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access. 

Officially, they practice human centered design through research, development, service, dissemination and educational activities. Hmm. That's a little too official for me. 

Essentially, they want to make the world accessible for everyone. That's "universal" design. 

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