I'm going to stick with you, if I can.
It's interesting that, when we talk about disruptive technology and we use that expression, there seem to be different ideas of what the definition would be, and they're really hard to define, in a sense. I think of it as when you say, “Life is completely different because of...” and name some technology. Historically when you think of big things you think of the car, electricity, air travel, the telephone—the original telephone, not the BlackBerry, but then the BlackBerry modifying that, in a sense.
Then you have things like Google Maps, which is not necessarily in the same category but takes a paper map and.... I know we're going to have the opportunity to talk to witnesses from Google and maybe we can ask them about this, because it's fascinating when they talk about how they determine the traffic patterns so that you know which route to take, based on where traffic has slowed down and sped up. It kind of revolutionizes the way we travel in our vehicles and those kinds of things.
This is why I'm going to come to you, Ted. I'm going to ask a question based on my personal experience. If we're going to talk about things that change lives completely, we're talking mostly here about things as opposed to ways of dealing with things, like autism. I have a 19-year-old son with autism and I think about in the seventies, when Dr. Lovaas in the United States developed an intensive behavioural intervention for people with autism, which changed the way we thought about people with autism and the possibilities for them.
Given that you're representing the social sciences and humanities, could you maybe speak to that in the sense of the notion of disruptive innovation, perhaps, in those types of areas?