Abstract: This paper examines new ways to extract more insights from the invention networks. We have developed a way of graphing the social influence, diversity of thought and creative intensity of inventors that visually identifies people that we believe are more likely to be the source of disruptive innovations and/or influential subject matter experts.
The following results of a first-order network/genetic analysis of Michigan, Texas, Alabama and Florida, in an attempt to visualize the role played by M&S in those states. These states are known to represent regions where there is a growing interest in and use of the techniques of M&S. It is hoped that these two forms of state-by-state analysis can help determine the degree to which M&S has progressed beyond the point of an enabling technology to become an emergent industry.