For the seventh consecutive December, the magazine looks back on the passing year through a special lens: ideas. Editors and writers trawl the oceans of ingenuity, hoping to snag in our nets the many curious, inspired, perplexing and sometimes outright illegal innovations of the past 12 months. Then we lay them out on the dock, flipping and flopping and gasping for air, and toss back all but those that are fresh enough for our particular cut of intellectual sushi. For better or worse, these are 70 of the ideas that helped make 2007 what it was. Enjoy.
Virgil made the list with Wikiscanning. Congratulations, Virgil!
Several of the year's best ideas were also memes here, including:
Lap-Dance Science - Something in the Way She Moves?
The idea of Lite-Brite Fashion makes for an interesting contrast to the story of Star Simpson.
Pixelated Stained Glass - Pixelated Glass Window in Cologne Cathedral
The Radiohead Payment Model - Fans Decide How Much To Pay, and Radiohead’s Warm Glow
Wireless Energy, or Wi-tricity.
Weapon-Proof School Gear - My Child's Pack.
For commentary on the Ideas of years past, see 2004, 2005, and 2006.
The Year in Ideas, 2007 | The New York Times Magazine