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Software, hardware, everywhere

Real and virtual are crashing together. On one side is hardware that acts like software: IP-addressable, controllable with JavaScript APIs, able to be stitched into loosely-coupled systems—the mashups of a new era. On the other is software that’s newly capable of dealing with the complex subtleties of the physical world—ingesting huge amounts of data, learning from it, and making decisions in real time.

The result is an entirely new medium that’s just beginning to emerge. We can see it in Ars Electronica Futurelab’s Spaxels, which use drones to render a three-dimensional pixel field; in Baxter, which layers emotive software onto an industrial robot so that anyone can operate it safely and efficiently; in OpenXC, which gives even hobbyist-level programmers access to the software in their cars; in SmartThings, which ties Web services to light switches.

The new medium is something broader than terms like “Internet of Things,” “Industrial Internet,” or “connected devices” suggest. It’s an entirely new discipline that’s being built by software developers, roboticists, manufacturers, hardware engineers, artists, and designers.

 

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Activating Creativity an HR challenge for the next years

It is time to take advantage of the creative potential in your organisation. You could offer employees and stakeholders a positive perspective.
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Behavioural tracking and neuroscience are tools for sustainable innovation

Behavioural tracking and neuroscience are tools for sustainable innovation | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

new set of tools and technologies has emerged over the last several years to measure the behaviours of consumers. These tools, if used responsibly, transparently, and without violating people's privacy, hold important potential for better understanding consumer behavior with respect to sustainability.
Last week Accenture and Havas Media RE:PURPOSE released the latest in a long line of surveys asserting that consumers care about sustainability. The most interesting finding from this study however, was that CEOs don't believe consumer-stated commitments to sustainability.

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Why data-driven cultures outperform rivals

Why data-driven cultures outperform rivals | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Organizations are generating and capturing more data in more ways than ever before. With the increasing pace of business and the flood of available data, companies struggle to derive insights and produce value. Forward-thinking organizations are using data in broader ways and placing it at the heart of the business decision making process. By doing so, businesses are becoming more customer focused and cultivating data-driven culture that will emphasize the value of unstructured repositories to convert tactical data into strategic information.
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IoT 2016: 13 Hot Trends For Business

IoT 2016: 13 Hot Trends For Business | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Alternate Input Devices
The Stabilo Digipen stands in for a variety of motion capture, pen, voice, and other input devices designed to allow users to interface with the increasingly complex image-based world of the computer. With displays going into multiple dimensions, the standard keyboard and mouse seem entirely inadequate to input the future. Whether the new input devices will bring a renewed interest in cursive handwriting, or a new wave of interpretive, we'll see, but it does seem likely that the options for interacting with the computer are only going to increase.

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Industry 4.0 Challenges & solutions for the digital transformation and use of exponential technologies

Around the world, traditional manufacturing industry is in the throes of a digital transformation that is accelerated by exponentially growing technologies (e.g. intelligent robots, autonomous drones, sensors, 3D printing). The pace of change reflects ’Moore’s law’ on the speed at which information technology-driven change happens. Companies
and their industrial processes need to adapt to this rapid change if they are not to be left behind by developments in their sector and by their competitors.
Commentators use the term ’industry 4.0’ to refer to a fourth industrial revolution with four main characteristics:
1. The vertical networkingof smart production systems, such as smart factories and smart products, and the networking of smart logistics, production and marketing and smart services, with a strong needs-oriented,individualised and customer-specific production operation
2. Horizontal integrationby means of a new generation of global value-creation networks, including integration of business partners and customers, and new business and cooperation models across countries and continents
3. Through-engineeringthroughout the entire value chain, taking in not only the production process but also the end product – that is, the entire product life cycle
4. Acceleration through exponential technologiesthat, while not really new in terms of their development history, are only now capable of mass-market application as their cost and size have come down (e.g. sensortechnology) and their computing power has risen massive
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Three Ways Low-Cost Technology is Transforming Manufacturing

Three Ways Low-Cost Technology is Transforming Manufacturing | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Today’s manufacturing facility is filled with all types of equipment – from costly heavy duty machinery to low-budget mobile and handheld devices. Multi-million dollar investments can make, or break, a company’s ability to compete and grow. But on today’s connected plant floor, smaller, lower-cost tools often deliver more of a punch than their higher priced counterparts.

Sensors and smart tools are helping manufacturers produce higher-quality products. The cost of these new technologies have fallen to the point that putting experimentation and trials on the plant floor is well within reach for most operations. Here’s a look at just three ways low-cost technology is impacting the competitive manufacturing industry.
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5 Manufacturing Technologies to Transform Manufacturing

5 Manufacturing Technologies to Transform Manufacturing | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

What makes or breaks the use of a new technology in manufacturing? 2015 saw the improvement of many different technologies, and manufacturers are looking to 2016 with confidence. Yet, recent shake-ups in overseas’ markets have catalyzed woes and hopes for US manufacturing. Fortunately, many of the forthcoming technologies will be able to circumvent these fears. Let's take a look at the five remaining technology trends to watch for in the coming year.
1. Increasing Use of Advanced Robotics.
Advanced robotics and artificial intelligence have been the stars of some of Hollywood's major attractions. However, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced robotics stand to inherit a significant portion of technology innovations in 2016. Due to the novice use of these manufacturing technologies, predictions for artificial intelligence in future years is off the charts. Between 2013 and 2015, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in manufacturing grew from $0.9 billion to $36 billion, assets Forbes magazine. This is a 500 percent growth rate.

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Which are the world's 20 most successful cities?

Which are the world's 20 most successful cities? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

New World Cities are re-defining what it means to be global, as a number of these smaller cities compete successfully against larger neighbours. Dublin registered the strongest real estate momentum in the CMI. Auckland has emerged as one of the world’s most sustainable and liveable cities. And Austin’s educational system and low business costs continue to drive its strong growth in the U.S. technology sector.
Our goal in developing the City Momentum Index is to provide a mechanism which identifies signals of impending change and highlights the characteristics that empower cities to compete successfully in a new and constantly evolving economic landscape.

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Apple's iOS code indicates Li-Fi wireless data may work on future iPhones

Li-Fi is a concept you may not be familiar with, but there are indications Apple is toying with it for inclusion on future iPhones.
Using pulses of light to transmit information, Li-Fi receivers (like a future iPhone, if Apple has its way) will take in that transmission, then translate it into an electric signal.
Because it uses light to send data, Li-Fi may be found in the connected home via accessories like lightbulbs.
Li-Fi testing is already imminent. May appear in the next iPhone 7 according to iOS code in iOS 9.1 firmware.
Apple’s work with Li-Fi compatibility has been spotted in code for iOS 9.1, which simply notes Li-Fi capabilities. There’s no indication elsewhere that Apple is working with Li-Fi.

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5 Important Considerations About Home Solar Energy

5 Important Considerations About Home Solar Energy | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The following five factors are important considerations if you’re evaluating whether solar energy would be right for your home. Home solar energy can provide some significant advantages, but many people don’t even discuss them. It’s a controversial topic, and in some ways it’s understandable why the government would not want you to strongly consider using a renewable energy source like home solar power.

1. Solar Energy is Impossible to Regulate
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Everyone Knows Your Password. This Security Startup Knows Who's Using It

Software that records how hard you type.
Your email, mother's maiden name, financial information--it's all already out there. The key for preventing fraud, Giasson says, is to find ways to identify registered website users based on characteristics they can't easily fake. NuData uses a multi-layered approach to detection that relies on device identification and analysis of user behavior such as where users tend to log in from or the typical nature of their purchases.
The company's software also examines "passive biometrics," such as how fast, or even how hard, a user types. For example, NuData measures the pressure of a user's keystrokes using input sensors PC and mobile devices are equipped with that detect such subtle things, explains Giasson. The software "evaluates the aggregate pressure settings in the user's profile to better understand if it appears to be the correct user based on how hard they are typing on the device."

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Silicon Valley gets on the same bus every day — ideas need diversity

Silicon Valley gets on the same bus every day — ideas need diversity | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

People like to compare the tech communities of Silicon Valley and New York but there is no comparison. The Silicon Valley region has far more engineers, hosts far more startups and invests far more VC money than all the other top innovation regions combined.
No other region can reach the same scale in number of startups and VC investments and have the same tolerance of massed failed ventures.
However, other regions especially large urban centers, can compete with Silicon Valley in sourcing the next generation of successful startups.
A tree grows in Brooklyn...

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Philadelphia Opens Innovation Lab for City Employees

Philadelphia may be one of the oldest cities in the country, but it's developing a new way of doing business. On Friday Aug. 1, Mayor Michael Nutter opened an Innovation Lab inside the Municipal Services Building, which overlooks Philadelphia’s iconic city hall. Decorated with an extensive mural that depicts innovation in Philadelphia – past and present – the lab will be a place for city employees to step out of their daily routine to spend time focusing on innovation, ideation and problem-solving.
“The mayor embodies the culture of continuous improvement, which he expects from all of us,” said General Manager Richard Negrin. “The lab meets that embodiment. It’s about doing things in new ways, being innovative.”

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This AI Algorithm Learns Simple Tasks as Fast as We Do

This AI Algorithm Learns Simple Tasks as Fast as We Do | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

aking inspiration from the way humans seem to learn, scientists have created AI software capable of picking up new knowledge in a far more efficient and sophisticated way.
Fig. 1. People can learn rich concepts from limited data. (A and B) A single example of a new concept (red boxes) can be enough information to support the (i) classification of new examples, (ii) generation of new examples, (iii) parsing an object into parts and relations (parts segmented by color), and (iv) generation of new concepts from related concepts.
The new AI program can recognize a handwritten character about as accurately as a human can, after seeing just a single example. The best existing machine-learning algorithms, which employ a technique called deep learning, need to see many thousands of examples of a handwritten character in order to learn the difference between an A and a Z.

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Thriving in an Increasingly Digital Ecosystem

Thriving in an Increasingly Digital Ecosystem | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The business world is rapidly digitizing, breaking down industry barriers and creating new opportunities while destroying long-successful business models. We call this process digital disruption, and although sweeping technology-enabled change often takes longer than we expect, history shows that the impact of such change can be greater than we ever imagined. Think steam engines, cars, airplanes, TVs, telephones and, most recently, mobile phones and e-books. With e-books, the market has been slow to develop. Traditionalists said you wouldn’t be able to replace the experience of a paper book. But e-books are gaining traction — they are cheaper than paper books, faster to acquire and searchable. Although the margins on them are thinner than the margins on traditional books, the market is growing. In 2014, 28% of American adults read an e-book, up from 17% in 2011.1
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8 Cool New Drones Taking Flight

8 Cool New Drones Taking Flight | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Parrot Disco Offers First-Person View
Scheduled to hit the market later this year, the Disco echoes styling cues of a stealth bomber and was conceived with the help of senseFly engineers, the leaders in commercial fixed wing drones. The front nose camera shoots FullHD 1080P video and boasts automatic take-off and landing thanks to ground sensors, among other advanced features.

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IoT 2016: 13 Hot Trends For Business

IoT 2016: 13 Hot Trends For Business | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Instrumented Agriculture
There are few areas of industry more data-dependent than agriculture. That's not new. What is new is the degree of direct instrumentation that's going on, where sensors of various sorts are installed in the soil, in chemical tanks, in aquaponics tanks, and more. That's not even the most interesting part. A growing number of service bureaus are taking the data from these sensors and performing cloud-based analysis for farmers and hobbyists. It's bringing Ph.D.-level analysis to farmers wherever they are, and could very well presage the next "green revolution."

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Robotics in Manufacturing: The History Outline

Robotics in Manufacturing: The History Outline | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Robots are an indispensable part of today's large manufacturing industries. These intelligent machines have taken over many of the tasks requiring high precision, speed and endurance. They are becoming increasingly smarter, more flexible and more autonomous, with the capability to make decisions and work independently of humans.
The following is a brief history of robotics in manufacturing:
Early Industrial Robotics in Manufacturing (1954 - 1979):
Early industrial robots had limited "intelligence", autonomy and operational degrees of freedom. They were mostly designed to perform one or two sets of repetitive tasks in a highly controlled environment.
Some notable early robots were:
The first industrial robot was designed by George Devol in 1954. This robot was capable of transferring objects from one point to another within a distance of about a dozen feet. Devon founded a company called Unimation in 1956 to manufacture the robot. He also coined the term Universal Automation........

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Future of Supply Chain & Logistics e-Book

Future of Supply Chain & Logistics e-Book | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The logistics, manufacturing, supply chain, and transportation industries are going through a time of rapid and unprecedented transformation. The future of these industries is paved with innovation and technology. It was not long ago that ideas like 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT), drone delivery, and augmented reality were things of science fiction. Today, merchants and service providers within these industries are cautiously adopting these technologies to provide faster, cheaper, more reliable and sustainable business practices.

In this e-Book, we will explore emerging technologies and applications which will forever change the industries of manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and transportation forever.
We will cover the following topics:
Manufacturing Technology Changes
The Internet of Things
Technology’s Role in Procurement
Robotics
Logistics & Supply Chain Impacts of Technology

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How the Internet of Things is Transforming Manufacturing Today

How the Internet of Things is Transforming Manufacturing Today | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Instead of hoping materials will arrive in time for production, or waiting for a stockout to signal a replenishment, a manager with IoT visibility can prepare or adjust proactively before small problems become big ones.
Connected devices, equipment and processes are now enabling companies to find efficiencies in their own operations, but the IoT extends further, granting visibility into supply chain partners. “If something goes wrong, like a vendor bringing your trailer of goods to the wrong place, you need that visibility even when you don’t own that function. Without the speed, affordability and security of IoT technologies, that sort of collaboration would be a giant obstacle like it always was.”

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How Big Data is Changing the World of Soccer

How Big Data is Changing the World of Soccer | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Did you know that athletes are not only monitored by cameras on stadiums, but also by many quirky devices such as accelerometers, heart rate sensors and even local GPS-like systems? Indeed, Big Data and modern technologies are currently revolutionizing sports and even powering the Fantasy Sports industry.
Sports clubs, media outlets and fans around the world all share a thirst for advanced statistics and information. Big clubs use them to improve the performance of their own players, prepare tactics against other teams or scout potentially interesting players. On the other hand, media outlets love data just as much since it gives added value to their reports. Finally, the stats have also outsized importance for fantasy sports managers who create their fantasy teams with individual athletes in top form.
Let’s start with last year’s soccer World Cup in Brazil. .............

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Why Switch To Solar-Powered LED Lighting?

Why Switch To Solar-Powered LED Lighting? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Designers considering LEDs as the future of lighting technology. In fact, LED is already gaining popularity, although it is still in the development process. Due to the strong campaign towards green living, consumers are turning to the lighting power more reliable and efficient type. Today more and more homes are beginning to frequent the LED lights for your home design and lighting needs. These are the reasons why solar lighting LED begins to exceed the product of conventional lighting, such as incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.
How Efficient Solar LED Lighting?
Compared with traditional solar lights LED lighting products are more energy efficient. First, LED bulbs require very little energy to operate than incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps. Second, an incredible light per watt than conventional bulbs such is created. With the increasing cost of energy today and increased environmental awareness among consumers, greater efficiency is often equated with lower energy costs and reduced environmental damage.

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NASA calls on the Web to help design a flying space robot

Crowdsourcing is a valuable tool for businesses to call on the collective hive mind in order to find outside-the-box solutions to problems that in-house teams are often struggling to innovate on.
NASA, is no different.
In a newly opened Freelancer.com contest, NASA is calling on the collective brainpower of the Web to help design its new free-flying robot, Astrobee, that’s set to live aboard the International Space Station.
Three similar robots have resided on the ISS since 2006, all part of MIT’s SPHERES project.
NASA hopes to send Astrobee to space in 2017 to film the astronauts at work, conduct inspections and use it to interact with small objects once the design of its arm is finalized.
The project is currently open for entries, although it’s getting a lot of attention with 1,500 plus entries as of this writing, so you may want to move fast.

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CES New essential business travel tech: Speakers, power cells and backup

CES New essential business travel tech: Speakers, power cells and backup | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

As we look forward to trudging 30-40 miles around CES (we walked 37.5 miles at CES 2012 according to the Fitbit I was carrying), we've been turning out the bag of travelling technology to see what we can leave behind and what we need to add from recent products we've examined.
What you need on the road these days has changed: storage is out, connectivity and power is in. We haven't travelled with a portable DVD drive in a few years because there's so little software we need to install that way, and we've replaced most UK-to-US travel adapters with US power leads, for example. And the Fitbit I was using last year has been replaced by the smaller Fitbit One .

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Richard Stern's curator insight, January 25, 11:16 AM

CES is a good show to see what the predicted trends will be. What do you think?

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Ricardo Semler: "Grote bedrijven liggen op sterven, zelfs Apple"

Ricardo Semler: "Grote bedrijven liggen op sterven, zelfs Apple" | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
De Braziliaanse business expert, investeerder en ondernemer Ricardo Semler windt er geen doekjes om: de tijd van grote, militair georganiseerde bedrijven ligt achter ons. Innovatie komt niet van …
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Microsoft Station Q & The quest for quantum computing

Station Q, headquarters of potentially world-changing quantum computing research, is located just past where the Pacific Ocean meets the sand, up through a grove of palm trees and across a bike path. (Do mind the shirtless college student zipping past on a skateboard wearing only a backpack and swim trunks.)
In some ways, Station Q is not at all what you’d expect from a hub for next-level computing research – there’s a strong California vibe, with world-renowned experts turning up for work in Hawaiian shirts and shorts, and even a nearby room with a shower, a clothes rack full of faded wetsuits and battered, loaner surf boards leaning in the corner for those who do their best thinking while hanging ten.

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