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12 Outsourcing Trends to Watch

12 Outsourcing Trends to Watch | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Outsourcing is a key cost saving strategy for many companies that helps them maintain a profitable bottom line.

 

1. Outsourcing Customer Service through Social Media and the Cloud

2. IT May Not Be Outsourced for Many Companies

3. Manufacturing is Slowly Coming Back to the West

4. The Growing Middle Class of Developing Nations

5. The Growth of a Global Business Culture

6. I.T. Security Concerns for Outsourcing

7. There Will Be Shifts in Outsourcing Pricing Models

8. Application Development Will Increase for Outsourcing Firms

9. The Size and Terms of Outsourcing Deals Will Shrink

10. Rural-Shoring Will Become Attractive in Some Cases

11. Middle Management Will Take the Lead for New Contractse.

12. Shipping Costs and Supply Chain Issues Could Tip the Balance

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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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Don’t Read The Comments — Let Diffbot Analyze Them Instead

Don’t Read The Comments — Let Diffbot Analyze Them Instead | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Diffbot‘s mission, according to CEO Mike Tung, involves “teaching a robot how to read and understand web pages.” Today it expanded that understanding to include forums, comments, reviews, and other online discussions.
When Tung talks about understanding web pages, he means turning the content into structured data — say, looking at an article and identifying the title, author, text, images, topics and so on. That information, in turn, can help businesses find and track the content that’s relevant to them. (Diffbot customers include Microsoft/Bing, Cisco and eBay.)
Until today, however, Diffbot could perform its analysis on an article or a product page, but it couldn’t do the same for the comments under the article or the reviews under the product description.

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Red (socialist) Innovation

Red (socialist) Innovation | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The technological dynamism of capitalism has always been a powerful argument in its defense. But one of its secrets is that at the heart of this change we find neither bold entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, nor established firms.
Investments pushing the frontiers of scientific knowledge are just too risky. The advances sought may not be forthcoming. Those that do occur may not ever be commercially viable. Any potentially profitable results that do arise may take decades to make any money. And when they finally do, there are no guarantees initial investors will appropriate most of the resulting windfall.
There is, accordingly, a powerful tendency for private capital to systematically underinvest in long-term research and development. Despite popular perceptions that private entrepreneurs drive technological innovation, the leading regions of the global economy do not leave the most important stages of technological change to private investors. These costs are socialized.

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Defining Strategy, Implementation, and Execution

Defining Strategy, Implementation, and Execution | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

It is striking how much confusion there is between strategy, implementation, and execution. Is “strategy” a matter of making choices about where we want to go, where we play and how we win, of setting goals and actions, about how we create and capture economic value over time? Does it include creating solutions to unforeseen problems and running with unexpected opportunities? Is “getting things done” what we mean by implementation or execution? Do you “execute” or “implement” a strategy? And can you separate these from strategy formation?
For strategy wonks like me, thinking about the definitions of these ideas provides endless fascination. For many business leaders, however, I find that the semantics matter a lot less. And that’s too bad because the semantics should matter. There are meaningful distinctions between strategy, implementation, and execution that are helpful to running a company or business in the real world. Ignoring, blurring, or getting them wrong creates sloppy thinking, deciding, and doing at all levels of an organization.

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Will 5G Bring New Dimensions to Our Wireless World?

The hottest topic at Mobile World Congress 2015 will connect billions of people and things to the Internet and one another without wires.
While much of the world is connecting their personal devices to fast data sharing 4G mobile networks, industry pioneers are shaping next generation networks to feed the world’s increasing appetite for the Internet.
5G networks aren’t expected to roll out broadly until 2020, but according to analyst firm CCS Insight, 5G will be one of the hottest topics at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That’s because talk is significantly shifting beyond smart pipe dreams into a do-anything-anywhere-from-any-device reality.
In a nutshell, 5G networks will provide more data bandwidth and less latency due to built-in computing intelligence aimed at handling more data more efficiently than today’s 4G networks. By combining communications and computing technologies, 5G networks will leverage more benefits of Moore’s Law, according to Asha Keddy, vice president in Intel’s Communication and Devices Group and general manager of the company’s Standards and Advanced Technology team.
“3G networks were designed for voice while 4G was designed for more complex human interaction with voice and data,” she told iQ just ahead of attending Mobile World Congress for the fifth consecutive year.

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Six Ways to Make Better Mistakes

Six Ways to Make Better Mistakes | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

What do Scotchgard, safety glass and Slinkys have in common?
You’re right – they each resulted from mistakes.
Innovation experts encourage learning from mistakes as a catalyst for creative discoveries. But, practically speaking, how can you make them more helpful than harmful?
Here are a few ways to make better mistakes.
-  Define smart risks. Where is it OK to learn through experimentation (during development phases, for example) and where is it not (when complying with regulations)?
-   Approach new ventures as pilots. Test early stage prototypes and make refinements based on your results. Repeat.
-  Be specific about what the mistake was and what you learned. Resisting the temptation to generalize can help you make incisive course corrections. ...............

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Are you worried about making mistakes?  They could be exactly what you need to create something AMAZING!!

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Innovation and its discontents: The small bang theory

Innovation and its discontents: The small bang theory | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Big, bold change is the recipe for success, right? Even better, bigger and faster changes. That would be fine if it were possible or true for most of us mere mortals.
Yes, big change can, does and should occur. However, it’s usually at the beginning of an industry or an era. For the rest of us who aren’t privileged to be there at the beginning there needs to be an alternative to going big or going home.
All organizations and peoples want to grow. Growth is good and innovation fueled growth is even better. Corporate culture, leadership styles, organizational structures, skills and incentive systems need to be all singing and dancing together to create a wonderfully innovative place.
Well, that’s just plain frustrating, and more importantly, very difficult if not impossible to do. Very few places, if any, can line all the pieces up so that – poof – the world is now a neater, more fun and creative place.
Relax, you are ok. As it turns out, plodding along has its place and is actually an effective strategy. Innovation is often the result of slogging away. Slogging away in teams, on your own, against deadlines with limited resources, bumping up against resistance.

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How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Humanity has long been in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth, from Alexander the Great to knights of the Crusades.
But now Silicon Valley scientists believe they are on the cusp of discovering the cause of ageing, which will help them achieve the unthinkable: find a cure.
Earlier this year, doctor and investor Joon Yun launched the Palo Alto Longevity Prize, offering $1 million (£650,000) to anyone who could “hack the code of life” and come up with a way to keep us young.
“It’s always been said that there’s two certainties in life: death and taxation, but death isn’t looking so certain anymore,” says Stuart Kim, one of 50 world-class advisers on the prize board and a professor in Developmental Biology and Genetics at Stanford University.
He believes ageing is simply a medical problem for which a solution can be found.

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Bioengineering = Forget Robots, We'll Soon Be Fusing Technology With Living Matter

The future has a funny way of sneaking up on you. You don’t notice it until you’re soaking in it. That was the feeling at O’Reilly’s Solid Conference last week. For the first time, the venerable tech publisher held an event dedicated the way software and hardware are coming together in devices that don’t involve a typical computer screen. The gadgetry on display was so complex and so diverse–spanning everything from smart trash cans to airborne wind turbines–that even hardcore techies marveled at how far this world has already come.
At the conference, WIRED sat down with Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab and one of the event’s planners, to discuss this phenomenon of convergence, where bits from the digital realm are fusing with atoms here in the physical world (see gallery above). Experimentation is spreading, he says, and it won’t stop at gadgets. For Ito, the next great engineering platform will be living matter itself.

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The Creative Workout: 5 exercises for when you’re stuck in the edit

The Creative Workout: 5 exercises for when you’re stuck in the edit | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

1. Get your scissors out
If you haven’t already tried a paper edit, do it now: transcribe every line of dialogue currently in the film, print it out and cut out each chunk. Now rearrange the pieces on the floor and move them around, seeing if there are any new arrangements that work better or are more interesting.
When you’re stuck, it’s all about trying to look at your film in different ways – just seeing the dialogue in written, rather than spoken form, working with physical objects and getting on the floor, instead of being stuck in your seat with a mouse, can be enough to jog you out of your creative inertia.
Check out the impressive system of post-it notes Walter Murch uses when he’s editing a film – different colours, sizes and shapes represent different characters, themes and types of scenes.
2. Be audacious

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26 Creative Ideas - How to Be Creative When Creativity Is Blocked

Figuring out how to be creative when your creativity is blocked can depend on simply choosing appropriate creative thinking techniques to boost your creative inspiration.
Here are 26 creative ideas you can use when you are struggling with how to be creative and boost your innovative thinking.
Pick as many of these tested creative thinking techniques as you need to re-start your creative process, find creative inspiration, and overcome a creative block.
Try Simplifying Things
Start your Creative Process with Things You’ll Throw Away – Decide upfront you’ll discard anything you create in the next hour, then simply dive in and start doing something toward your creative goal right away. You’re willing to trash it, so don’t let any self-criticism block your creative inspiration.
Doodle and Eat – Many restaurants use white paper in place of cloth table coverings. Go to one nearby with pens, markers, or crayons and doodle your way through dinner. Write, draw, diagram, or do whatever else will trigger your creativity.
Try Trait Transformation – Write down 6 descriptors or characteristics of your creative challenge. For each descriptor, ask how it would help meet your creative objective if it were bigger, smaller, turned around, removed, customized, standardized, or simplified. Asking these questions to twist your situation leads to lots of new creative ideas.

Create an Artifact – Find a small something to create that’s more easily achievable than your whole project (it could be working on something you’ve already put in the creative trash heap). Create your small start and use it as a tangible first step to get to your next bigger creative ideas.

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Innovation Acceleration Center

Innovation Acceleration Center | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

A typical Innovation Acceleration Center (physical space) includes the following…

Comfortable and functional furniture to create a fluid workspace that adapts to the needs of the participants
Large, mobile, whiteboards to facilitate creativity and idea sharing
Illuminated display to capture ideas from the group
Presentation stage to facilitate the exchange of complex ideas
Real-time concept modeling to feed new concepts into the design process
Technology to enable and enhance conversations and decision making
As part of the IAC engagement, Innovation 360 provides comprehensive consultation with organizational leaders that involves exploring the current innovation ecosystem, trends and industry specifics; conducting custom research for benchmarking purposes; and presenting the derived models for feedback and comparisons.
The Innovation 360 framework, tools, methodologies and processes support the full operational framework of the IAC at every stage. Relevant training is also offered for IAC participants, to help them hone their ideas and grow their innovation capabilities.

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13 ways to boost your brainpower

13 ways to boost your brainpower | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Staying on track with a career in the arts can be exhausting: spiritually, physically, mentally. It's easy to see how the brain may get a little tired. Claire Gordon-Webster explains how to keep your grey matter healthy…
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Frame.io Is Cloud-Based Collaboration For Everything

Frame.io Is Cloud-Based Collaboration For Everything | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Given the world’s shift toward video, both in terms of consumption and creation, it’s almost surprising how tedious and painstaking the process of post-production collaboration can be. Lots of services focus on pieces of the problem, like accelerated file sharing or review in-progress collaboration, but there isn’t really a service that covers everything, end-to-end.
Frame.io was designed to stand on its own and integrate with any type of files, from music to photos to video, without having to sit on top of an existing service like Vimeo or Dropbox. Users can share files up to 5x faster than Dropbox, according to co-founder Emery Wells, review clips frame-by-frame in a collaborative environment, and even draw on various frames to add more specificity to certain comments.

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Accelerating innovation in your company

Accelerating innovation in your company | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

At THNK, we believe innovation performance can be built. What if building innovation can be part of the day-to-day activities? What if we can help them be innovative when they need to be? What if we can do this at scale across your organization? We see many of our participants and clients struggle with this – there are often a significant number of people trying to come up with ideas, but they consistently struggle with four distinct challenges:
Innovation is difficult and not everyone is an expert: innovation is not about waiting for a great idea to spring to mind. It is hard work, one with processes and tools to increase the likelihood of success. Unfortunately, not everyone is equipped with those tools and sufficiently trained in the processes. Even if people are trained, innovation needs to be the core of their day-to-day activities; they might otherwise not be as fluent at it as they should be.
Innovation is messy and capturing the essential outcomes is difficult:

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Big Data and the Internet of Things

Big Data and the Internet of Things | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things (combined with big data) is reaching further into our lives every day. And while some of these innovations are just super cool, others may need to get the kinks ironed out before they become part of our everyday lives.
I just bought a new vacuum cleaner that will tell me how many calories I have burnt during cleaning or let me know how much energy I have saved… There are sensors you can buy to turn your home into a smart home, and when attached to apps, they can perform a command or send you a message when certain things happen, like turning on a light when it detects motion at the front door, or sending you a text message when the liquor cabinet is opened.
One of the really cool new things I have come across is a smart yoga mat: sensors embedded in the mat will be able to provide feedback on your postures, score your practice, and even guide you through an at-home practice.
The technology is ambitious — and only a prototype and concept at this point — but it shows how far the Internet of Things can take us in just the next few years.
Small data..............

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Meet the robot insects that fly, work together and catch objects like chameleons

Meet the robot insects that fly, work together and catch objects like chameleons | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Automation expert Festo has created three robots inspired by butterflies, ants and a chameleon. They can fly in packs, self charge, work in groups and pick up pretty much anything.

The pick of the bunch is the FlexShapeGripper, a grabbing tool that’s modelled on the incredible tongue of a chameleon. To catch prey, chameleons’ tongues act like suction devices, grabbing flies in an adhesive, form-fitting, interlocking hold.

To replicate this, Festo’s gripper is made from an elastic, silicone cap that adapts to the object it is targeting. It can pick up multiple things, holding many at a time, and reacts to pretty much any shape.

This could be incredibly useful for a range of industries, from automated picking businesses to user aids for those with physical difficulties.
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We Need To Innovate The Science Business Model

We Need To Innovate The Science Business Model | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

In 1945, Vannevar Bush, the man that led the nation’s scientific efforts during World War II, delivered a proposal to President Truman for funding scientific research in the post-war world. Titled Science, The Endless Frontier, it led to the formation of the NSF, NIH, DARPA and other agencies.
The payoff has been nothing short of astounding. The NSF has funded innovations such as barcode scanners and next generation materials. NIH backed the Human Genome Project as well as research that has led to many of our most important cures. DARPA, invented the Internet.
It’s an impressive record, but the future doesn’t look nearly as bright. Part of the problem is funding, which has fallen off in recent years. Yet the practice of science also needs to be updated. Much has changed in the 70 years since 1945. In order to honor Bush’s legacy—and maintain our technological leadership—we need to adapt it to modern times.
The Bush Model ........................

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Vibrating pen makes it easier for Parkinson's patients to write

Vibrating pen makes it easier for Parkinson's patients to write | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The ARC pen pictured above might look laughably large, but it could be the perfect option for folks with Parkinson's disease. It was created by a group of students from UK's Royal College of Art and the Imperial College London to combat a Parkinson's symptom called micrographia. That's characterized by a patient's handwriting becoming smaller and more cramped as they go along, to the point that it's not readable anymore. This pen prevents that from happening by stimulating key muscles through vibration (it's equipped with motors to make that happen), giving users more control over their hands. Further, its large size makes it more comfortable to hold than regular pens.

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Innovation is a choice

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While we talk a lot about how we desperately need innovation, we seldom do what is required to make innovation a core competency in our organizations. Of course there are a few famous exceptions. But, the fact that they are uncommon is a fundamental problem for the economy, society, and the natural environment. The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is doing something to help make innovation more common in all our organizations. In May of 2013 ASQ held an Innovation Think Tank (ITT) in Indianapolis to begin creating a “baseline of perspectives” on innovation from a diverse group of leaders and innovators from a wide variety of organizations and backgrounds. We covered many topics during the think tank and the results were further developed by member leaders from ASQ’s Innovation Interest Group and eventually published in an executive summary.
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9 Years of Twitter: A History and Top Tweets #smlondon

9 Years of Twitter: A History and Top Tweets #smlondon | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Written by Laurence Hebberd Published in Blog, Infographics, News, Twitter
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Over the weekend, Twitter turned 9. It’s been an action-packed existence for the little blue bird with some of the biggest moments in history breaking on the site.

To celebrate Marin Social created an infographic examining the last few years of Twitter action. Before that, let’s remember some of the most important tweets that happened in Twitter’s life:

2006 – The tweet that started it all off. Co-founder Jack Dorsey’s kicked it all off when the service was still called twttr:

just setting up my twttr

— Jack (@jack) March 21, 2006
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Gogoro's battery-swapping electric scooter launches this summer in Taipei

Before that summer launch, Gogoro is opening a retail store this week in Taipei that's designed to educate potential customers on what the product is all about. That'll be particularly important here because you can't just plug the Smartscooter in — you have to subscribe to a plan that lets you swap batteries in and out of kiosks placed throughout the city as you need them. Two of the batteries, designed in partnership with Panasonic, slip into docks underneath the Smartscooter's seat. The company is also launching a pilot program that'll let 100 riders effectively "beta test" the scooter and its infrastructure leading up to the summer launch, intended to help iron out the kinks.
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Soulful Machines

Soulful Machines | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

That we are equipped with a most wonderful array of gifts to distinguish us from the rest of the animal kingdom is not all that debatable. What is, is whether we are really that special, that different, from that which arises next.
I am an optimist. By that, I mean that I believe that everything arises for a reason, that the world, our experience of it, unfolds in the most perfect, most exquisite way possible. We might believe we can imagine a better version of reality, but there is no way to prove that this imagined reality would actually function any better than our current reality once the myriad of unforeseen consequences in its unfolding are taken into account.
This perspective saves me anxiety over the road not taken, giving me peace in having not taken that job or that train. What it does not do, however, is prevent me from holding and working towards a particular vision for the future.
Our Relationship with Technology

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No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends

No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The world not only feels different. The data tell us it is different. Based on years of research by the directors of the McKinsey Global Institute, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Forces Breaking All the Trends is a timely and important analysis of how we need to reset our intuition as a result of four forces colliding and transforming the global economy: the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology on the natural forces of market competition, an aging world population, and accelerating flows of trade, capital, people, and data.
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Our intuitions formed while the world economy was experiencing a uniquely benign period, often termed the Great Moderation. Asset prices were rising, the cost of capital was falling, labor and resources were abundant, and in generation after generation, young people were growing up more prosperous than their parents. But the Great Moderation has gone. The cost of capital may rise. The price of everything from grain to steel may become more volatile. The world’s labor force could shrink. Individuals, particularly those with low job skills, are at risk of growing up poorer than their parents.
What sets No Ordinary Disruption apart is depth of analysis combined with lively writing, informed by surprising, memorable insights that enable us to grasp quickly the disruptive forces at work. For evidence of the shift to emerging markets, consider the startling fact that, by 2025, a single regional city in China—Tianjin—will have a GDP equal to that of Sweden, or that, in the decades ahead, half of the world’s economic growth will come from 440 cities, including Kumasi in Ghana and Santa Catarina in Brazil, that most executives today would be hard pressed to locate on a map.
What we are now seeing is no ordinary disruption but the new facts of business life—facts that require executives and leaders at all levels to reset their operating assumptions and management intuition.

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The Creative Workout: 15 fun ways to reboot your imagination

The Creative Workout: 15 fun ways to reboot your imagination | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Being creative isn’t just about making stuff – it’s a state of mind. We round up 15 great games, techniques and tricks to get your brain ticking imaginatively...
1. Dabble in Surrealism
The Surrealists – a thoroughly creative bunch of lads – used play to tap into the unconscious and get inspired. They came up with a bunch of strange techniques for doing this – listed here on Wikipedia. These include making a sculpture by pouring melted chocolate in cold water and writing a dream résumé: a CV of the feats you’ve achieved while asleep, dreaming.
2. Turn the lights down
According to recent research, working in a dimly-lit room makes people more experimental because they feel less inhibited. Not too dark or you might nod off.

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Tomorrow's technology will lead to sweeping changes in society – it must, for all our sakes

Tomorrow's technology will lead to sweeping changes in society – it must, for all our sakes | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Throughout history, whenever new technologies have emerged that change our means of production and ability to communicate they have tended to transform society. The rapid technological development of the past century – in biotechnology, information technology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence – holds the promise to do the same for our current, post-industrial world.
Our political institutions, the rule of law, human rights, the banking system, our education system – and even capitalism itself – are products of the industrial age. We have learnt to navigate the industrial economy as individuals, and as societies we can exert some control to define its shape and limits.
But what comes next, in a post-industrial world? Even in the past decade, digital products and services, the internet and mobile technology have changed our lives. This is the result of accumulated advances over the past 50 years; there is much more to come. For example, recent studies indicate that digitisation is likely to replace about half of known jobs within 20 years.

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