It is thought by many that necessity is the mother of all invention, but what role does play have in the evolution of the invention of innovative artefacts throughout history?

Steve Johnson makes a suggestion:

Steven Johnson shows us how some of the most transformative ideas and technologies, like the computer, didn’t emerge out of necessity at all but instead from the strange delight of play. This captivating, illustrated exploration of the history of invention is worth the time to watch. Turns out, you’ll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

Necessity isn’t always the mother of all invention – sometime just having a good time with your thoughts leads to remarkable breakthroughs as well.

Here’s Steven Johnson’s 2010 TED talk which further explores the history of clever ideas: