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Clouds, big data, and smart assets: Ten tech-enabled business trends to watch

Clouds, big data, and smart assets: Ten tech-enabled business trends to watch | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Advancing technologies and their swift adoption are upending traditional business models. Senior executives need to think strategically about how to prepare their organizations for the challenging new environment.
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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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Can Creativity Be Learned?

Scientists know that creativity can be lost. But can it be learned?
Attempting to answer this question, Li’s team also looked at personality traits that contribute to creativity and found that “openness to experience” is by far the most salient characteristic, as it matched up with both high grey matter in the pMTG and with high creativity as tested by the Williams Scale.
Openness to experience is generally a trait one can willfully improve.
Although it may sound vague, the term “openness to experience” is in fact one of the widely recognized “Big Five Personality Traits,” a concept theorized by Paul T. Costa, Jr., and Robert R McCrae in The Revised NEO Personality Inventory, along with conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Someone who has high “openness” has an active imagination, aesthetic sensitivity, attentiveness to inner feelings, preference for variety, and intellectual curiosity. The trait also closely correlates with intelligence as measured by IQ, according to a study in Learning and Individual Differences.

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How to See the Future First | WIRED

How to See the Future First | WIRED | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
One of the biggest challenges innovators face is to truly understand the market opportunity space before they start creating a strategy and well in advance of product development. Since we can’t see the future, we need to gain some real insight from deep domain experts and make sense of possible scenarios. Even if the innovations are disruptive and the future is discontinuous, all we can really know is based on the data we have today. So it is through diligent inquiry and sense making that we get some general idea as to what will likely happen next. But creating innovations that we believe will succeed in the future requires that we first develop some clear foresight.
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#Privacy is dead, Harvard professors tell Davos forum

#Privacy is dead, Harvard professors tell Davos forum | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Imagine a world where mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA. That is the terrifying dystopian world portrayed at Davos ©Christophe Simon (AFP/File)
Or where a department store knows from your buying habits that you're pregnant even before your family does.
That is the terrifying dystopian world portrayed by a group of Harvard professors at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, where the assembled elite heard that the notion of individual privacy is effectively dead.


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Lego — Silicon Valley entrepreneur's building block to technical innovation

Lego — Silicon Valley entrepreneur's building block to technical innovation | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The eighth-grader used Lego to create a low-cost Braille printer that he designed over long evenings at his family’s kitchen table in Santa Clara, an hour south of San Francisco. The idea is to print Braille reading materials from a personal computer or electronic device on to paper using raised dots instead of ink.
His startup, Braigo Labs, has received undisclosed seed capital from backers who think it could shake up the market for the visually impaired.
Shubham wants to develop a desktop printer that costs around $350, rather than the usual $2,000, and weighs just a few pounds rather than 20. He also hopes – though this remains science fiction for now – to develop refreshable digital Braille, so the blind can read tablets and laptops.

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How to Reign Over the New 'Digital Economy'

At the annual World Economic Forum under way right now in Davos, Switzerland, the agenda typically vacillates from human rights topics to environmental concerns to financial polemics. But there's no stopping progress, and increasingly, the new economy revolves around technology, and what it means to be digital.
This was the subject of a panel discussion on Wednesday broadly called "The New Digital Context." Among other topics, commentators including John Chambers, the chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems; Max Levchin, co-founder and former CTO of PayPal; and Pierre Nanterme, chairman and CEO of business consulting giant Accenture, offered ideas on how the global economy could transition into a "digital economy."
Here are the three biggest takeaways from their wide-ranging discussion:
1. Disrupt or be disrupted

2. Data is the new currency

3. Make technology work for you

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Looking Ahead: The Best of 2015 Trends

Looking Ahead: The Best of 2015 Trends | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

January 2015: The only constant in the 21st century is change.Geopolitical turbulence and technological advances will be just some of the factors shaping the year ahead. Creating a point of view about ongoing and future trends is increasingly important to thrive in an ever more complex and competitive world. In 2011, when we typed Trends for 2011 into Google on January 1st 2011 it gave us around 46 million results. As we typed Trends for 2015 in January 1st 2015 it gave us 579 million results. The number and diversity of opinions about what’s in store for the forthcoming year is exploding – making it harder to sift the important from the irrelevant, and to develop that critical point of view.

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Gigabit broadband will turn Skype into a 3D holodeck by 2025, apparently

Gigabit broadband will turn Skype into a 3D holodeck by 2025, apparently | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

What will you be able to do with gigabit broadband? Watch 4K Netflix in three rooms at once? How about running your very own holodeck?
Gigabit broadband may seem like a distant dream for some and the benefits perhaps aren’t immediately obvious. Aside from letting us stream high definition media and work on bandwidth-intense applications at home, what else could we do?
According to a report by PewResearch, a subsidiary of US NGO the Pew Trusts, gigabit broadband could transform Skype into a more immersive telepresence-type service that wouldn’t look too dissimilar to the holodecks of the Star Trek universe.

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Quantum dots, a Ghostbuster backpack & the future of solar technology

Quantum dots, a Ghostbuster backpack & the future of solar technology | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Sometimes, it just takes a Google search to overcome a big technical hurdle in a lab. OK, so it didn’t quite happen that way, but for Illan Kramer, a University of Toronto researcher and IBM employee, a simple search turned up the right tool that helped him make a working solar cell out of quantum dots, with are ultra tiny semiconductor bits.
Kramer’s efforts have now demonstrated how to spray a coating of quantum dots using a nozzle that Japanese company, Ikeuchi, developed for steel makers to cool steel with a fine mist of water. Previously, quantum dot solar cell research was mostly focused on using spin-coating, where the semiconductor compound is applied on a substrate that spins to spread the materials. But that process is slow, which means it’d be an expensive way to mass produce solar cells because the equipment cannot coat a large area quickly.

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Gebrek aan tijd grootste obstakel bij innovatie

Gebrek aan tijd grootste obstakel bij innovatie | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Een gebrek aan tijd is de grootste obstakel voor het doen van innovatie binnen een onderneming. Ook het commercieel omzetten van een nieuwe ontwikkeling wordt gezien als een uitdaging.
Dit blijkt uit een enquête van het ING Economisch Bureau en Deloitte.
Volgens ING kan het tijdgebrek voor innovatie worden opgelost door meer aandacht te besteden aan het plannen en het uitdelen van verantwoordelijkheid. Ook kan er meer worden samengewerkt met andere bedrijven of kennisinstituten.
De meeste innovaties komen nog altijd tot stand binnen de eigen organisatie. Wel wordt daarbij steeds vaker samengewerkt met andere bedrijven, zoals klanten en toeleveranciers.

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Free 3D Modeling Software Soothie-3D - 3D Printing Industry

Free 3D Modeling Software Soothie-3D - 3D Printing Industry | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
One aspect that makes 3D printing a tough byte to swallow for some is the requirement of CAD modeling skills. That, incidentally, is one of the reasons why the 3Doodler is so successful, as using the 3Doodler does not require any. To make 3D modeling easier to digest, a duo of French developers created Smoothie-3D, a free online software that, among other things, lets you easily extrapolate 3D models and textures from background 2D photos.
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Microsoft Is Building Software For The Future Where Interfaces Fade Away

Microsoft Is Building Software For The Future Where Interfaces Fade Away | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Despite giving no information about release date, price, or technical specs, Microsoft surprised many tech bloggers today with the announcement of Windows Holographic and the HoloLens, an operating system and headset for augmented reality computing.
That is to say that it blends the world around you with digital objects and interfaces. Need to make some last-second modifications to a 3D model that’s going to be 3D-printed this afternoon? In a few years, Microsoft wants you to put on a HoloLens and interact directly with the model, seemingly resting on the empty space on your desk. The tool tray you use won’t just be a few columns of brush and cursor icons, but an actual rack of brushes sitting next to the model you’re working on.
While some have questioned whether or not the HoloLens is actually taking advantage of holograms to power its display, they’re kind of missing the point. Thanks to popular fiction like Star Wars and hologram-enabled stunts like having Tupac and Michael Jackson perform “live” posthumously, people “get” holograms: fancy projections that make it look like something is there without a display, smoke, or mirrors.

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Microsoft Built A Holographic Headset Called HoloLens

Microsoft Built A Holographic Headset Called HoloLens | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Today at its Windows 10 event, Microsoft riffed about holograms for a lengthy period. It then announced that it had build a holographic headset that appears to fuse the real world with the digital realm. Windows 10 will contain holographic capabilities in its every permutation, according to the firm.

The headset is called the HoloLens. Microsoft promised that it would be released inside of the Windows 10 “timeframe.” The headset is wireless, and does not need to pair with either a computer or a phone. It has its own CPU, and GPU, plus a new ‘Holographic Processing Unit’ designed specifically for this new kind of computing. Here’s what it looks like:
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Why Employers Also Look For Candidates Who Have Failed

Why Employers Also Look For Candidates Who Have Failed | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

When I first heard this as a recruiter, I asked the hiring manager to please repeat themselves.
Later I learned that many savvy hiring managers often look to hire someone who has failed at a past job or project.
Ok, everybody out there that has hidden failures on their resume, raise your hand …
I was intrigued as I heard more and more hiring managers seek those who have failed at something, because it’s counter intuitive. And based on the number of people out there with their hands in the air, most candidates don’t realize just how valuable failure is.
Employers find failure valuable because:

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Unilever Cuts Prototyping Time by 40% with 3D Printing

Unilever Cuts Prototyping Time by 40% with 3D Printing | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Last year, I met with Stratasys European Territory Manager Davide Ferrulli at the MCSPE industrial manufacturing fair in Parma, Italy. Along with the Objet 500 Connex3 being shown in Europe for the first time, one of most important aspects that Ferrulli pointed out at the show was the possibility to 3D print injection molds for prototyping products in their final materials. Now Unilever, one of the biggest consumer product companies in the world, has just demonstrated the reasoning behind such a process, announcing that injection molds made with Stratasys’ PolyJet technology have help the company cut lead times for prototype parts by as much as 40%.
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The next great evolution of social media marketing

The next great evolution of social media marketing | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Real-time social listening with a response time of seconds

The marketing community is a broken record about the Oreo Super Bowl Tweet, but it does, indeed, serve as a predecessor to what many brands are trying to accomplish on social: real-time listening and reacting. The theory behind real-time social marketing is that life moves too rapidly to simply be responding to consumers or events in hours or days. Within seconds of a consumer tweeting to you, they could have already have lost interest in the subject matter. Within minutes of a major world event, the social community moves on. The world attention span operates in seconds and minutes -- not hours and days -- which is why brands need to develop a structure that allows them to interact in real-time with fans and followers. Social listening tools are on fire right now. Brands that scour the web and social networks for conversation, detractors, fans, and influencers will remain relevant.
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What Happens To Privacy When The Internet Is In Everything?

What Happens To Privacy When The Internet Is In Everything? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

“The Internet will disappear,” he predicted (via The Hollywood Reporter). “There will be so many IP addresses…so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it. It will be part of your presence all the time.
“Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”
This is not an especially outlandish forecast, given the trajectory of connected devices. Analyst Gartner calculated there were some 3.8 billion such ‘smart objects’ in use last year, and forecast 4.9 billion this — rising to 25 billion in circulation by 2020. (The global human population was estimated at around seven billion, at the last count.) In other words the sensornet is here, it’s just not densely (or evenly) distributed yet.

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Mobile innovation | create tomorrow

Not so long ago, organisations ruled over their markets by exercising full control over prices, the locations of outlets, channels of communication, product information and customer data. Customers could choose products and interact with companies face-to-face and on the phone, and more recently via the web on a laptop or desktop.
In 2007 that organisation-centred state of affairs began to change when Apple introduced the iPhone. The balance of power shifted from organisations to customers - each with a mobile device and access to millions of products and services at their fingertips. Truly a revolutionary change.
Customers know that anything they want is probably available on-line, anywhere and at any time via their smartphones. They expect to be able to control almost everything in their personal sphere using the device in their pocket.

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Innovation Comes In Four Shades Of Gray

Innovation Comes In Four Shades Of Gray | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Many people define innovation in business to mean the development of new products. Let’s expand that description to include some of the gradations that should not be lost in this normally black-and-white polarization. There are shades of gray which all bring value in their own way.
A comprehensive approach to innovation should yield all of the following, and the benefits seem to appear in this order:
1. Cost Reductions. The lowest-hanging fruit of innovation is the improvement in how you spend money. Why is this important? Because of the sales-equivalency of a dollar saved. Ben Franklin was actually wrong. A penny saved is more than one penny earned. Consider the following math: If your company’s net profit margin is 20%, meaning your profit is $200,000 on $1,000,000 in sales, every innovative idea that saves $1 in expenses is worth $5 in sales.

2 Proces improvements

3 Customer Experince Enhancements

4 Creation of new products & services

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What Is a Business Model?

What Is a Business Model? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

In The New, New Thing, Michael Lewis refers to the phrase business model as “a term of art.” And like art itself, it’s one of those things many people feel they can recognize when they see it (especially a particularly clever or terrible one) but can’t quite define.
That’s less surprising than it seems because how people define the term really depends on how they’re using it.
Lewis, for example, offers up the simplest of definitions — “All it really meant was how you planned to make money” — to make a simple point about the dot.com bubble, obvious now, but fairly prescient when he was writing at its height, in the fall of 1999. The term, he says dismissively, was “central to the Internet boom; it glorified all manner of half-baked plans … The “business model” for Microsoft, for instance, was to sell software for 120 bucks a pop that cost fifty cents to manufacture … The business model of most Internet companies was to attract huge crowds of people to a Web site, and then sell others the chance to advertise products to the crowds. It was still not clear that the model made sense.” Well, maybe not then.

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8 Types of Technology That Will Be Essential in the 2015 Workplace (a 2012 view!)

8 Types of Technology That Will Be Essential in the 2015 Workplace (a 2012 view!) | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

If technology continues to evolve at the current rate, the 2015 workplace could look quite different from today's office spaces -- and may even involve less traditional office space with the rise of telecommuting. From a company's hiring process to sharing knowledge with employees, technology has the ability to change the way we all work.
What technology will be essential in the 2015 workplace, but doesn't exist yet?
An Applicant Tracking System Delivering a Quality Candidate Experience

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Hackers Don't Need Wi-Fi to Steal Your Data

Your laptop or smartphone may be leaking electronic emissions that contain your password or other private data, even when it’s not connected to the Internet, according to two groups of researchers.

The vulnerability could make it possible for a hacker to obtain information from your device just by sitting next to you at a coffee shop.
High-Tech Passwords You Don't Have To Memorize

The researchers are tracing leaks of electromagnetic radiation that are byproducts of various electronic components of computer hardware, including computer processors and capacitors.
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Some of the signals are created when you type at the keyboard and can be picked up with the right kind of electronic eavesdropping equipment.
In their recent study, the Georgia Tech researchers developed a way to measure the strength of the emissions and offer ways for hardware and software designers to plug those electronic holes.
So far, these kinds of leaks are not overly exploited by hackers.
“If you are comparing this to Internet attacks, it is less of a problem,” said Alenka Zajic, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Now Charge Your Phone in Just 30 Seconds

Now Charge Your Phone in Just 30 Seconds | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
This new technology is a revolution in tech world where it can be the fastest growing industry in terms of sales. The company promises that the product can be available in just three years in a budget compared to smartphones.

During an experiment performed on a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone which was drop dead, the charger charged the phone completely in just 26 seconds. Wow! Like really that’s amazing!
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Draken Fine Res 3D Printer

Draken Fine Res 3D Printer | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The Draken 3D printer from 3DFacture is a new digital light processing (DLP) 3D printer that would cost you under $2000, if you were to back it on Kickstarter. We’ve seen a similar campaign for the Solus 3DP printer, which was available for about $1000, fail to reach its goal on Indiegogo in December of 2014. By contrast, the Solidator DLP printer ($1000) was fully funded on Kickstarter, as was the Uncia about a year ago today. As for non-crowdfunded DLP machines, the Ember DLP printer from Autodesk costs around $6,000. The advantages of DLP printers over FDM machines, like Ultimaker and MakerBot, is the micron resolution and speed with which they print. The proof is in the details, and the 3DFacture printer claims to print with a higher resolution than any of the printers that I just mentioned.
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Be Proactive About Technology Purchases

Be Proactive About Technology Purchases | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Despite predictions of production and efficiency nirvana, technology presents risks both in terms of adoption and non-adoption. When to move – or not – on purchasing a new piece of equipment, and how to sort out the “magic bullet” stuff from the tools that will truly increase productivity, are questions every farm manager repeatedly faces.
Planning for new technology isn’t easy. There’s a vast array of equipment, products and processes: guidance systems and unmanned aerial vehicles for scouting, genetic modifications and soon-to-be nano technologies, and computers that collect and transfer real-time data, to name just a few.
Despite this complexity, having a strategy around adopting new technology is essential. You want to mitigate the always-present risk of incorporating technology that isn’t cost effective. On the other hand, you don’t want to miss out on a new development that leaves you behind the competition.

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A Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Internet of Things

A Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Internet of Things | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Smart locks, smart thermostats, smart cars — you’ve probably heard some of these terms lately, and you’re going to hear them even more as the year goes on. But what are these things exactly — and what makes them so smart?
These devices are all part of an emerging category called the Internet of Things, or IoT for short. At its very basic level, IoT refers to the connection of everyday objects to the Internet and to one another, with the goal being to provide users with smarter, more efficient experiences. Some recent examples of IoT products include the Nest Protect smoke detector and August door locks.
But as with any new technology, IoT can be confusing and intimidating for the average consumer, especially as debates swirl around standardization, security and privacy, and company after company piles on to this fast-growing trend. I’ve compiled an FAQ on IoT to better explain how it works, how these products are being used in the real world, and some of the issues and challenges facing the category.
I spoke with a number of companies and groups working on IoT products and standards, including Apple, SmartThings, the Internet of Things Consortium, AllSeen Alliance, the Open Interconnect Consortium and the Thread Group.

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