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THE MIND OF AN INVENTOR

ARE INVENTORS BORN, OR ARE THEY MADE? Danny Hillis, who can't remember a time when he wasn't trying to make mind-blowing stuff, comes at the question, as usual, from an unexpected angle: potential inventors are un-made. "In some sense, every kid is inventive," he says.

Periscope

POWER Cheney: Tightening His Grip? As the Bush administration takes shape, Vice President Richard Cheney is seeking to tighten his grip on the making of national-security policy--at the expense of national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice.

Disney's Wizards

WHEN WALT DISNEY GOT the idea for Disneyland in the early 1950s, he formed a new division to design and build the theme park. It is called Imagineering. Around the same time, computer-science prodigy Marvin Minsky was a world away at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., pioneering the field of artificial intelligence (AI).