Introducing the thinkers and tinkerers who could change the way we live
Horace Clemmons is in his 70s, lives in the woods in Alabama, and is trying to build tractors in Cuba. Larry Page, the billionaire co-founder of Google, is in his 40s and spends his free time trying to build cars that fly. They couldn’t be more different: Deep South, West Coast; overalls, hoodies. But they’re both inventors with a deep curiosity about the world and a relentless ambition to improve it —something everyone in the shares, from an ex-convict with an idea for an undersea turbine generator to a group of young Egyptians trying to build a culture of makers post-Tahrir Square. Some of these thinkers and tinkerers work in highly funded corporate labs; some in academia. And many of them, of course, started out in that time-honored place, the garage.