How to Repurpose Failed Innovation

Sometimes inventions such as automatic-innovation software don't pan out. But they may turn out to be useful if you apply them to other challenges. Here's how to make the most of first-round disappointments

— Prepare for comebacks. Notes should read like how-to manuals so any product or process can be easily replicated

— Regularly review shelved ideas. A specific person or team must reevalute disappointing inventions periodically

— Try them again elsewhere. Look for ways that flawed projects might solve problems in other arenas

— Look into the future. Project how technological advances could transform yesterday's ideas into breakthroughs

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