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Innovation: In The Boardroom

5 Innovation Imperatives: Inside The Boardroom

1) Get below the buzzwords: Ensure clear and specific innovation objectives.

2) Business models don’t last as long as they used to: Enable R&D for new business models. 

3) Make business model innovation a standing boardroom agenda item.

4) Bring the voice and experience of the customer into the boardroom. 

5) Get out of the boardroom more: Enable more random collisions of unusual suspects.

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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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Bracing for seven critical changes as fintech matures | McKinsey & Company

The fintech sector is being shaped by shifting market conditions, new regulations, and changes in consumer demands and behaviors.
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Are You Solving the Right Problems?

Are You Solving the Right Problems? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

How good is your company at problem solving? Probably quite good, if your managers are like those at the companies I’ve studied. What they struggle with, it turns out, is not solving problems but figuring out what the problems are. In surveys of 106 C-suite executives who represented 91 private and public-sector companies in 17 countries, I found that a full 85% strongly agreed or agreed that their organizations were bad at problem diagnosis, and 87% strongly agreed or agreed that this flaw carried significant costs. Fewer than one in 10 said they were unaffected by the issue. The pattern is clear: Spurred by a penchant for action, managers tend to switch quickly into solution mode without checking whether they really understand the problem.

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The Truth About Blockchain

The Truth About Blockchain | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Contracts, transactions, and the records of them are among the defining structures in our economic, legal, and political systems. They protect assets and set organizational boundaries. They establish and verify identities and chronicle events. They govern interactions among nations, organizations, communities, and individuals. They guide managerial and social action. And yet these critical tools and the bureaucracies formed to manage them have not kept up with the economy’s digital transformation. They’re like a rush-hour gridlock trapping a Formula 1 race car. In a digital world, the way we regulate and maintain administrative control has to change.

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The Artificially Intelligent Factory Robots Are Coming!

For decades, robotics has been an essential component of factories, manufacturing plants and warehouses around the world. However, these are robots in the simplest sense of the term - mindless machines that serve a singular purpose. Companies are now beginning to invest in autonomous robots that can think for themselves. It sounds like the beginning of a dystonian sci-fi, but there's actually a very good reason why robot workers need a brain.
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Bio-inspired energy storage: A new light for solar power

Bio-inspired energy storage: A new light for solar power | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a groundbreaking prototype that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution.
  The graphene-based prototype opens a new path to the development of flexible thin film all-in-one solar capture and storage, bringing us one step closer to self-powering smart phones, laptops, cars and buildings.

The new electrode is designed to work with supercapacitors, which can charge and discharge power much faster than conventional batteries. Supercapacitors have been combined with solar, but their wider use as a storage solution is restricted because of their limited capacity.

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Israel Tests Wireless Charging Roads for Electric Vehicles

Israel Tests Wireless Charging Roads for Electric Vehicles | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Electric vehicles have long been a promising option for sustainable transportation. They come with practical headaches like expensive, bulky batteries that often need recharging, however. Israel is tackling those hurdles by investing in roads that power electric buses—as they ride down the street. The government is collaborating with Israeli start-up ElectRoad to install a public bus route in Tel Aviv, using an under-the-pavement wireless technology that eliminates the need for plug-in recharging stations.
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US army fires sensor bullets, MEMS missiles

US army fires sensor bullets, MEMS missiles | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The US army is adopting MEMS and sensors to improve intelligence gathering and munitions operation, including sensors as bullets and MEMS for fuzing munitions and guided projectiles.
Some of that work is being done by the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC, based at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

One example is the Small Arms Deployable Sensor Network which allows intelligence gathering from inside a building without entering the building. ARDEC has developed wireless sensor nodes (WSNs) that can fit into a small-arms round and be fired into a building, according to a report on the ARDEC website. The WSN includes microphones, a magnetometer, a still image camera, GPS and a mesh radio network. These would then be able to sense and report the presence of people in the building.
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Brain Scans Show The Real Impact Love Has On A Child’s Brain — MyScienceAcademy

Brain Scans Show The Real Impact Love Has On A Child’s Brain — MyScienceAcademy | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
You comfort them over a skinned knee in the playground, and coax them to sleep with a soothing lullaby. But being a nurturing mother is not just about emotional care – it pays dividends by determining the size of your child’s brain, scientists say.
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Love is essential in parenting and teaching. We have to care about children.
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An Architect's Perspective: Applying Moore's Law To The Cloud

An Architect's Perspective: Applying Moore's Law To The Cloud | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
As modern as the cloud seems, it might be hard to believe that the developers building the next-generation cloud at Oracle have mined networking’s forerunner, telephony, for insights. A decade before becoming an architect for Oracle’s cloud networking team, Jag Brar spent formative years designing Amazon Web Services. He was part of the team that worked on the underlying network for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Later, he applied techniques he found described in a 1953 research paper to help scale the underlying network.

Brar made a critical contribution to cloud physical network design between 2009 and 2010 while trying to solve the problem of how to grow the network.
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2017 predictions for Big Data, IoT, and AI

2017 predictions for Big Data, IoT, and AI | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
There’s no doubt that there are currently three big trends in business models: Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI). From the still-fragmented internet of things to rapid fluctuations in computing paradigms to how AI is reshaping how we live, everybody’s talking about these trends but what’s really going on?

Here’s the lowdown on what you need to understand about them, and the future that lies in the year ahead from a consumer perspective.
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7 Deadly Sins of Innovation – Sin 6. Believing your customer is a fool

7 Deadly Sins of Innovation – Sin 6. Believing your customer is a fool | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
My sixth sin of innovation is the knee jerk reaction of branding your own customer or consumer as a fool or illogical when they reject your proposal. The same lack of customer insight drives innovators to believing their customer is a fool because they act or behave in a way that is not yet understood, although no empathy or curiosity is displayed in going beyond the observation to understand the customers underlying motivation.

Sin number 6: Believing your customer is a fool

It’s easy to claim to be customer insight driven or consumer centric.

But walking the talk is much more difficult and counter-cultural than many first think.
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15 vernieuwende vergadervormen om creativiteit los te maken en betrokkenheid te verhogen.

15 vernieuwende vergadervormen om creativiteit los te maken en betrokkenheid te verhogen. | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Hoe organiseer je een vergadering op zo’n manier dat er energie en creativiteit ontstaat? Hoe zorg je ervoor dat mensen actief in plaats van passief deelnemen aan vergaderingen?

De ervaring en kennis van de medewerkers is een belangrijke bron van waardevolle ideeën en inspiratie binnen je organisatie. Een bron die aangeboord kan worden via technieken die discussie centraal stellen en creativiteit losmaken. Discussies worden echter vaak geweerd in vergaderingen of er wordt onvoldoende tijd voor vrijgemaakt. Passief luisteren, informatie noteren en in één richting standpunten verdedigen vieren hoogtij in veel vergaderingen, terwijl interactie en samenwerking cruciaal zijn om met complexe vraagstukken om te gaan en innovatief denken aan te wakkeren.
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The “Quantum Internet” Is Just a Decade Away. Here’s What You Need to Know.

The “Quantum Internet” Is Just a Decade Away. Here’s What You Need to Know. | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The word “quantum” sounds so advanced and complex that people tend to get hyped up about anything attached to it. While not every quantum breakthrough elicits a positive response, in the case of a so-called quantum internet, people have a reason to be excited.

In the simplest of terms, a quantum internet would be one that uses quantum signals instead of radio waves to send information. But let’s explain that a bit further.
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Getting the Right Talent for Innovation

Getting the Right Talent for Innovation | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Perhaps the most important role of the innovation leader is creating a competent team. For that reason alone, it’s one of the most challenging. It’s a constant fight for talent. You may have the best products and services in the market, but without a strong, talented marketing team behind them, you’ll start losing ground to the competition.

Building a competent team begins with recruiting and hiring the right people. But it takes much more than just telling your human resources department to go fill open slots.
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Farm to Fashion

Farm to Fashion | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Whereas Consumer companies were quick to realize the benefits of traceability of their product origins, apparel companies are now also realizing that opaque supply chains will pose a threat to their brands. For a food company, one contaminated pack of milk powder can mean a massive recall of the entire stock, cross-country. Being able to trace the origin of the contaminated product means not only limiting the cost of recall, but also being able to prove that the origin of the problem has been identified and the associated risk mitigated.
With a $5 T-shirt, the contaminated origin might seem less urgent to the fashion conscious buyer. However, tragedies such as the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more, have made consumers aware of the dark side of fast fashion and they are voting with their feet.

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A stream of superfluid light

A stream of superfluid light | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Scientists have known for centuries that light is composed of waves. The fact that light can also behave as a liquid, rippling and spiraling around obstacles like the current of a river, is a much more recent finding that is still a subject of active research. The "liquid" properties of light emerge under special circumstances, when the photons that form the light wave are able to interact with each other.
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Experts reveal the five ultrasound technologies that could change the world forever

Experts reveal the five ultrasound technologies that could change the world forever | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Since it first became a near-indispensable medical tool in the 1930s, technology that produces sound waves so high-pitched that humans can't hear them has found use in almost every branch of industry.
The vibrations it creates can kill bacteria, weld plastics and even help to mature brandies in a matter of days rather than years.
Today, ultrasound is finding its way into even more applications, powering inventions that have the potential to make huge changes in their fields. Here are just a few of them:
1. Truly hands-free phones

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Scientists construct a stable one-dimensional metallic material

Scientists construct a stable one-dimensional metallic material | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed the world's thinnest metallic nanowire, which could be used to miniaturise many of the electronic components we use every day.

The researchers, from the Universities of Cambridge and Warwick, have developed a wire made from a single string of tellurium atoms, making it a true one-dimensional material. These one-dimensional wires are produced inside extremely thin carbon nanotubes (CNTs) – hollow cylinders made of carbon atoms. The finished 'extreme nanowires' are less than a billionth of a metre in diameter – 10,000 times thinner than a human hair.
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What it feels like to be hugged in VR

What it feels like to be hugged in VR | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
This year, the Tribeca Film Festival collected virtual reality that could reach out and hug you.

Every year, the festival gathers a slate of interactive storytelling into a darkly lit, packed room, called Tribeca Immersive. In recent years, this program has featured an increasing amount of virtual reality -- experiences that use a headset like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive to put viewers in the middle of another world.

But at this year's Immersive program, many VR experiences didn't just use headsets -- they used landscapes. A giant foam tree. A bed. A recreation of a New York subway. A mirrored box. In one experience, an actor playing the playwright-director's mother wears a motion-capture suit, so she holds the viewer by the hand in both the virtual world and the real one.

Titled "Draw Me Close," the project does just that: The actor pulls you in for a real hug.
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Internet of Things (IoT) Ecosystem Map

Internet of Things (IoT) Ecosystem Map | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
A deeper dive into the companies and components in the Internet of Thing
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Daily Dose Of Cannabis May Protect And Heal The Brain From Effects Of Aging

Daily Dose Of Cannabis May Protect And Heal The Brain From Effects Of Aging | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
explore the potential impact of THC on older human brains with a clinical trial later this year, being one of few to focus on more aged subjects so far. Previous research with mice by the Universities of Bonn and Mainz also suggested that the brain's main cannabis receptor and neural pathways are closely related to brain health in later life, and seem to play a role in preventing brain degeneration when active.

Co-author Andras Bilkei-Gorzo told the Guardian, “If we can rejuvenate the brain so that everybody gets five to 10 more years without needing extra care then that is more than we could have imagined.”
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Eerie tech promises to copy anyone's voice from just 1 minute of audio

Eerie tech promises to copy anyone's voice from just 1 minute of audio | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
I’m not sure how I feel about the upcoming launch of Montreal-based Lyrebird’s new service. The company says its API will let you synthesize speech in anyone’s voice from just a minute-long recording – which means you could, for instance, generate a clip of President Trump declaring war on Canada.
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7 Jobs Intelligent Robots Will Take First (Some Will Surprise You)

7 Jobs Intelligent Robots Will Take First (Some Will Surprise You) | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Hold onto your white collars, because the robotic revolution is going to cause the biggest transformation in the world’s workforce since the industrial revolution, and are 7 jobs intelligent robots have firmly in their sight.
While many of us are excited about the future and the conveniences intelligent algorithms and robots may provide in our lives, 80% of Americans believe their job will “probably” or “definitely” exist in its current form within the next 50 years even though in the same study 2/3 of Americans think robots will perform most of the work currently done by humans. Clearly, many of us are overly optimistic about our future selves and careers. And, be forewarned, the jobs predicted to be taken first aren’t just entry-level service or manual labor jobs.
And, the robotic revolution is happening now. By 2020, according to a World Economic Forum report, robotic automation will be responsible for a net loss of more than 5 million jobs across 15 developed nations. In an IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2017 Predictions report, the authors suggest dramatic changes in the workforce and our cultures due to robotic innovations including new laws, new roles such as chief robotics officer and new ways of working alongside not only human colleagues but robotics ones as well.

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10 Principles for Leading the Next Industrial Revolution

10 Principles for Leading the Next Industrial Revolution | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
It isn’t often that the broad infrastructure that underlies industrial civilization undergoes a dramatic transformation. But just such a change appears to be happening now. As sensors spread through factories and warehouses, software predicts the need for maintenance before it is manifest, power grids and loading docks become intelligent, and custom-designed parts are produced on demand, the label the next industrial revolution is coming to represent this great wave of technological change.
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The future of work and jobs: a short overview of the key issues, illustrations, stats and videos – Futurist Gerd Leonhard

The future of work and jobs: a short overview of the key issues, illustrations, stats and videos – Futurist Gerd Leonhard | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The future of work and jobs has become a major topic for me. It is abundantly clear that the exponential digitisation, optimization, automation, virtualisation and robotisation (phew!) of society will result in a huge number of job losses around the globe, first in blue-collar jobs and then i

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