You don’t always need to imitate to innovate
If we look at the history of invention, we would see that a lot of our innovations have been inspired from the actions of animals.
We learned to fly by examining / observing birds and other flying creatures. Leonardo Da Vinci started developing the design of a flying machine based on the shape/pattern of a bat’s wings. Recently, the US Army was working on a boat surface that’s similar to shark skins, in order to stop bio-fouling (caused by small sea creatures that get stuck to the sides of ships). Also, a new adhesive based on how geckos grab the surface with their feet is under development.
As such, we see that quite a lot of innovations come from imitation, but that definitely doesn’t have to be the case always.
Recently, one of our clients requested a test case that would help check whether any user, calling from a mobile device to their specific customer service numbers, would be hearing the correct automated voice messages or not. I looked through different audio comparison tools, but none seemed to function reliably in collaboration with the E2E environment that we worked with. If it would have been an image comparison, then I would’ve known how to go forward. However, that was not the case here. [...]
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