Sinds de geboorte van de eerste robot-baby in Amsterdam, een wereldprimeur op 26 mei 2016, lijkt dit nog dichterbij te komen. Volgens sommige experts breekt het tijdperk van singularity rond 2035 aan. Inderdaad, dat is al binnen 20 jaar. Resultaat: geen mens kan vanaf dan meer volgen hoe onze computersystemen precies werken.
Een filosofische vraag die bij me opkomt: brengt singularity vooral zekerheid of juist onzekerheid? Zekerheid, in de zin dat de systemen en robots goed voor ons gaan zorgen, en er bijvoorbeeld altijd twee gekoelde biertjes in de ijskast staan? Of juist onzekerheid, omdat we als mens vanaf dat moment achter de feiten aanlopen. En volledig afhankelijk zijn van de grillen van de ooit door ons ontwikkelde technologie?
Aan een tafel in het Amsterdamse Dauphine schetst Tjeu Blommaert een wereld van singularity dat hij in technische zin definieert als ‘het tijdstip in de geschiedenis waarna de mens niet langer nodig zal zijn om computers en robots te programmeren en te verbeteren’. Hij verhaalt over 3D-printers die bij zichzelf constateren dat er een onderdeel hapert en dat zelf uitprinten en op een gegeven moment stelt hij zichzelf zelfs voor dat er een robot aan tafel aanschuift aan wie hij vragen kan stellen.
Het moment dat computers zichzelf verbeteren, zit er snel aan te komen, zegt Blommaert. Als het al niet is aangebroken. ‘Er wordt wel geschreven dat de wereld steeds sneller lijkt te gaan, maar dat is ook zo. Ik denk echt dat het veel sneller gaat dan we soms willen geloven en de mens moeite heeft om die snelheid te pakken.’
The world’s first 3D-printed office opened at the Emirates Towers complex in Dubai. It only took 17 days to print the basic form of the 2,690-sf office, which was made of a layered cement mixture. Additional internal and external finishing time was required. Gizmag reports that the printing was most likely done in sections and assembled on site. The crew for the project was relatively small. Seven workers installed building components on the site, and 10 electricians and specialists handled the mechanical and electrical engineering. One worker monitored the printer.
An artificial photosynthesis device can turn water and carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels 10 times more efficiently than plants turn those same ingredients into sugar. Its inventor says the technical innovations are just the beginning of his plan to change the way valuable technologies reach the places they’re most needed. Harvard chemist Dan Nocera has been trying to copy plants since 2008, when he described a device that used sunlight and water to make hydrogen gas. He called it an artificial leaf because it mimicked photosynthesis, turning sunlight into a storable energy source. But now he says his artificial leaf only went halfway. For the last three years, he’s been using bacteria to finish the job, converting water, sunlight and carbon dioxide into liquid fuels. Fuels are a way to store energy for later use, the same way plants use sugar. He reports his latest progress in Science.
Sometimes, an idea comes along that you just can't pass up. It may be that the messenger behind the idea is charismatic, or that the timing seems exactly right, or that the idea itself just feels important, or that this is exactly the challenge you needed at this point in your life. Sometimes, it’s all of the above. That’s as close as I can come to explaining why I decided to push aside so many things two years ago to co-author a book about grand strategy, sustainability and America’s future: the messenger, the timing, the topic, the challenge and a gut feeling that this just might be the culmination of everything that I’ve been doing for the past, well, 40 years.
Elektriciteit. Het komt uit het stopcontact en er hangt een meter in de meterkast, waarvan je één keer per jaar de stand doorgeeft voor een afrekening. Eigenlijk heel gek als je erover nadenkt dat energiebedrijven door het jaar heen dus geen idee hebben hoeveel een specifieke klant gebruikt. En dus ontstaat er een interessante situatie door de opkomst van slimme meters en allerhande internet of things-oplossingen. Er komt een schat aan data vrij die de energiesector voorgoed gaat veranderen.
Ten Ways Big Data Is Revolutionizing Marketing And Sales Of the hundreds of areas big data and analytics will revolutionize marketing and sales, the following is an overview of those that are delivering results today. How prices are defined, managed, propagated through selling networks and optimized is an area seeing rapid gains. 10 Elements of a Successful Data-Driven Marketing Strategy According to a Insights Report, which surveyed 162 U.S.-based senior executives, a “a whopping 64% of survey respondents ‘strongly agree’ that data-driven marketing is crucial to success in a hyper-competitive global economy.” While there’s no denying that both executives and marketers are realizing the benefits of data-driven marketing, there are still a number of hurdles to overcome. For example, “data stemming from disparate providers, disconnected systems, varying internal teams, incongruous accountabilities can prevent marketers from reaching the right consumers, at the right time, with a relevant and consistent message.”
Virtual Reality Airbus has taken the best ideas from the gaming industry, film, and its own software engineers to transform interior cabin design creation. Creating a unique cabin look is one of the most important features for an airline as it helps it distinguish it from another brand. In the old days coming up with a new look took time and a lot of second guessing
Digital advances have solved many everyday problems and have streamlined design, but also brought fresh challenges that demand new paths to innovation. Rebecca Coleman looks at how to balance art and science for ideas that cut through the noise.
Samuel Beckett’s quote "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better" has gained notoriety in recent years as a cohort of entrepreneurial types has taken it as its personal and professional mantra. It is the chant rising from silicon roundabouts, alleys and valleys. But it has also been adopted by those who don’t necessarily have the entrepreneurial zeal to take too many personal risks, yet want to feel part of the creative and growth process of the brands they favour. This is leading to a world of brands working in beta to refine their offer in collaboration with consumers.
The spark of innovation can never occur within an organizational culture based on Six Sigma and the continual transformation that becomes routine. Insights are accidental, Klein argues. Not necessarily, because there is more than one kind of insight and they’re derived from an infinite pool of variables and experiences. What’s not accidental at all is an investment in the training to know what insight looks like when you see it – and what to do about acting on those insights that translate to creating real value.
The third wave, Case believes, is the concept of the "Internet of Everything," where every part of our lives will rely on an internet connection. He sees this new wave defined not by hardware or software but by partnerships—especially between business and government. New partnerships, Case believes, will be able to change the way our institutions, like healthcare, education, and agriculture, integrate the internet into our lives.
TechRepublic spoke to Case about lessons from the early days of AOL, the Time Warner debacle, and how we need to prepare for the third wave of the internet.
If you think C-suiters are pompous and obnoxious when they're stone-cold sober with their feet on the ground, imagine how they'd carry on after loosening up with a few Heinekens on draught while cruising at 35,000 feet. Actually, you don't have to imagine. Just check out this clip from DDB & Tribal Amsterdam, which heralds the arrival of a fancy trolley that dispenses Heineken draught beers aboard select KLM World Business Class flights:
Singularity is weer zo’n nieuw buzzword. Iedereen heeft het erover, maar niemand weet precies wat het betekent. Dan kan ook wel kloppen want er is ook niet één betekenis. Sommigen menen dat het te maken heeft met het moment waarop computers zich zelf gaan programmeren en verbeteren en wij mensen niet meer nodig zijn. Anderen hebben het over het moment waarop een aantal exponentiële technologische ontwikkelingen samen gaan komen en elkaar wederzijds gaan versnellen. Nog weer andere hebben het over een gemeenschap van toekomstdenkers die een prachtige toekomst voor de mensheid in het verschiet zien liggen.
Al deze denkrichtingen hebben echter één ding gemeenschappelijk. De technologische ontwikkelingen versnellen steeds verder en dit begint steeds meer gevolgen te krijgen voor de manier waarop bedrijven en andere organisaties opereren. En dat is precies waarover het boek Management in Singularity van Tjeu Blommaert en Stephan van den Broek gaat. Hoe kun je als management omgaan met die versnellende versnelling?
How can you ensure that your company has innovative teams? Based on our experience building innovation teams and consulting for Fortune 500 companies on setting up innovation processes, a key component that has proven to be paramount but consistently neglected is psychological assessment.
Though many organizations already use assessment for hiring, leadership development, team-building, and executive coaching, it has not been extended much to hiring and building better innovation teams. Why does this even matter? It matters because innovation requires specific personality types, characteristics, and an environment that engenders psychological safety, to be unleashed. In select studies, innovation teams that leveraged personality types generated 95 times more profit and increased the speed as well as effectiveness of new business development by over 900% compared to their counterparts.
Currently, the market size for 3D concrete printing sits at $24.5 million. According to the study, this is expected to grow to $56.4 million by 2021. Many construction companies around the world are already using some form of 3D concrete printing and will continue to use it in the future, expanding on the practice as technology becomes less expensive and its uses grow. As more places around the world begin to urbanize and industrialize, the demand to build a wide variety of structures will increase. China being, perhaps unsurprisingly, the fastest growing country in terms of its use of 3D printing with concrete.
This week, I had the privilege of speaking to two young entrepreneurs whose inventions are tackling that very big issue. Both were finalists in the 2016 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering; an award that celebrates engineers who have developed innovations that will benefit Africans. First up was Eddie Aijuka, an electrical engineer from Uganda, who graduated from Makerere University just last year. His invention, called Kamata, is designed to prevent electricity theft
New kids on the blockchain 2016’s buzz-panel of choice for any music conference is blockchain technology. The industry is getting its head around how the idea of a decentralised database of music rights could solve some of its pressing problems. One of the biggest: knowing which labels and publishers (and, at the next level down, which performers, songwriters and producers) own the rights to songs and recordings, and what their split of the royalties is. The blockchain might even sort out the payments of those royalties: supporters of the technology foresee a world where every time a song is sold or streamed, the royalties are divided up and paid immediately.
It has long been assumed that companies develop new products for consumers, while consumers are passive recipients — merely buying and consuming what producers create. However, a multidecade effort by many researchers has shown that this traditional innovation paradigm is fundamentally flawed: Consumers themselves are a major source of product innovations.1
Recently, this consumers-as-innovators pattern has led to the framing of a new innovation paradigm, in which consumers play a central and very active role.2 Rather than seeing consumers simply as “the market,” as the traditional innovation model has long taught, this new paradigm centers on consumers and other product users. It explains why consumers are very important innovators who often develop products on their own.
Trends, new disruptive technologies, robotization, digitization, datafication, and new consumer expectations all have massive impact on the way retailers do business, marketing and media. The speed of these changes will surprise and shock them. And if you think “OMG, another new technology?” Yes, in the era of digital Darwinism only the species most adaptable to change will survive. To be more specific: the only constant is change! Trends & Technologies That Help Retail In Their Digital Transformation Here are a few trends and technologies that could ignite retail revenues: 1. Robots & drones enable Amazon to deliver digital shoppers their products faster than a pizza. How will you as a retailer react upon that trend?
“The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed' - William Gibson
I believe we have never lived in so exciting times in the history of FMCG. FMCG industry will change more over the next 5-10 years than during the past 200 years. That is in those times I think that we will recognize the true leaders and innovators.
FMCG industry will change more over the next 5-10 years than during the past 200 years
How some of the world's highest-profile leaders overcome defeat, stagnation, and uncertainty.
Here are some valuable leadership lessons from seven of today’s top CEOs.
1. FOCUS ON PEOPLE, STRATEGY, AND EXECUTION "If you get those three right, the world is a great place," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a 2013 talk at his alma mater. Excellent strategy and execution are the result of high-caliber people who believe in the pursuit of better. Be your company’s Chief Inspiration Officer and remember that one of the most powerful skills in your leadership arsenal is your ability to focus. Do a few things well and run circles around those doing many things adequately.
2. BE TOUGH AND TELL IT LIKE IT IS Photo: via Xerox Raised in the public housing projects on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Ursula Burns attributes climbing the ladder to CEO of Xerox to leaning in to difficult situations.
A disruptive approach to maintenance The exploding phenomenon of the Internet of Things provides many opportunities to Manufacturing industries to manage the maintenance of machines in a new Prescriptive way.
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