rhadc writes: When, as a child, I was asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up,” I would respond with Inventor. I have since become a capable IT generalist with lots of roles, including developer and architect for a large service provider, in my CV. Though I have been successful, I find myself wanting to see more innovation — more invention. Over recent years, my concept of the inventor and what it means to innovate has grown to include not only creation of new technology, but also the rethinking of how a firm does a thing and how to understand in new ways. Surely, Slashdot has some profound thinking in this area: What does it mean to be an inventor today? What must one be or know? Is the term declining, and if so, what is the new inventor?