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Who: Omar Hatamleh is a global innovation and transformation expert and the co-author of Between Brains, a book that explores the impact of artificial intelligence and technology on the future of jobs, society, technologies and economies. He is currently the head of technology integration for in situ resource utilization at NASA, the U.S. space agency.
Topic: His book Between Brains, moonshots, and how innovators can learn from the notion of exaptation, the process by which features or objects acquire functions for which they were not originally adapted, selected or created.
Quote: “Moonshots have revolutionary impact because you are trying to do something that has not been done before or to do something that is 10x or 100x better than what currently exists. It means going to the drawing board and starting from scratch. You need to have the culture, the tenacity, the budget, the environment, and luck as well. It is a combination of these things. When the stars align, that is when you start getting results.”