When the economy looks down, entrepreneurs look up. Check out our series on innovating during a crisis.

Thinking Without Thinking

Barbara Liskov, MIT CSAIL (Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab)
With Ann Miura-Ko, Floodgate

Barbara Liskov, Institute Professor at MIT, describes how taking regular breaks from intensive work can create the mental space that allows great ideas to emerge. Finding the right balance between focused daytime research and restful evenings, she observes, has helped her untangle complicated problems, and once contributed to a crucial insight about “abstract data types.”