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Technologies are created through the collective efforts of individual inventors. Understanding inventors' behaviors may thus enable predicting invention, guiding design efforts or improving technology policy. We examined data from 2.8 million inventors' 3.9 million patents and found that most patents are created by 'explorers': inventors who move between different technology domains during their careers. We mapped the space of latent relatedness between technology domains and found explorersdoi:10.1017/dsj.2017.21 fatcat:finv67oxyrc3berixzsqyad26u