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Peak Employment? 24 Future Industries That Will Lead to an Era of Super Employment!

Peak Employment? 24 Future Industries That Will Lead to an Era of Super Employment! | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

It’s easy to spot signs of desperation in people’s eyes. With unemployment rates at persistently high levels and young people unable to find jobs from one year to the next, we have become a society seething with anxiety.

I often get asked if we are headed into an era of 50% unemployment because we’ve automated all of the jobs out of existence. There are two parts to the answer.

Every time we download one of dozens of “level apps” on our smartphone, we eliminate the need to own this tool. Levels have traditionally been a tool made of metal with a small elliptical-shaped glass tube for accurately measuring horizontal balance. But the app is far easier. It eliminates the need to produce the metal and glass components, assemble and package the product, ship components halfway around the world, and retail stores no longer need to carry this line of products.

So yes, we are automating tons of jobs out of existence and we will continue to do so. Every downloadable app has the potential of eliminating small fractional jobs. But cumulatively, this amounts to millions of positions around the world.

The second part of the question, however, is a bit more complicated. “Have we simply run out of work?” And the answer is, of course not!

In fact, we will never run out of work. But there aren’t always jobs associated with the work that needs to be done. And that’s where we find ourselves today – plenty of work, not enough jobs.

Here are some thoughts on how we can escape the downward employment spiral and 24 future industries that will lead to an era of super employment!

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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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Hot water from a 'satellite dish'?

Hot water from a 'satellite dish'? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

It looks like a satellite dish - but it won't deliver TV to your home. The Sun Tracer promises hours of hot water rather than entertainment.
It uses GPS to track the sun during the day targeting its mirrors to capture energy from the sky.
The Sun Tracer is the brainchild of developers at a Boston start-up in the US.

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Big Idea 2015: The Unexpected Path to Creative Breakthroughs

Big Idea 2015: The Unexpected Path to Creative Breakthroughs | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Some say the world is divided into humanities people and science people; artists and geeks; intuitive types and analytical types. You’re either one or the other, and our culture, education system, workplaces and news media do their level best to reinforce this divide. But throughout history, it’s been proven over and again that if you want to be truly innovative, reaching across the divide between the sciences and the arts is the starting point for triggering the boldest ideas.

From Leonardo Da Vinci to Frank Gehry, some of our greatest achievers have balanced that territory between art and science, or, as Steve Jobs repeatedly stated, the intersection between technology and liberal arts.
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Big Data + Big Ideas = Big Impact

Peter Fisk explores the world of big data and its impact on business through innovation and marketing, with particular application to the future of telecoms.

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Revolutionary urinal 'makes energy'

Revolutionary urinal 'makes energy' | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

A toilet that could revolutionise sanitation facilities in refugee camps has been developed by a group of researchers at the University of the West of England.
The prototype urinal, which generates energy, was put on show for the first on Thursday.
Alice Bouverie reports.

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How the PuzzlePhone Modular Smartphone is Shaping Up

How the PuzzlePhone Modular Smartphone is Shaping Up | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Circular Devices, the company behind the upcoming PuzzlePhone modular smartphone, took to the stage at the Mobile World Congress’ startup conference 4Years From Now (4YFN) to reveal its progress.

The company has partnered with Spanish manufacturer ImasD, meaning that the PuzzlePhone will be powered by ImasD’s Click ARM technology, in which ARM stands for ‘Advanced Removable Modules.’
As you may remember, the PuzzlePhone is modular, making it easier to repair, customize and upgrade than the average smartphone. In that sense, it is quite similar to Google’s Project Ara, which will first launch as a pilot program in Puerto Rico later this year.
PuzzlePhone’s design consists of three modules: “The Heart” (battery), “The Spine” (display) and “The Brain,” which we now know to be based on the Click ARM open platform. “PuzzlePhone is a very promising environment in which to apply our experience and expertise in the field of development of versatile solutions and high tech.

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25 Predictions For What Marketing Will Look Like In 2020

25 Predictions For What Marketing Will Look Like In 2020 | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Just as technology and consumer behavior will evolve in unpredictable ways between now and 2020, the ways marketers react to—or perhaps influence?—these new developments will also change in ways we can't fully imagine now. But if anyone can offer a credible forecast for the near-future trends that will change the way brands connect with people, and the way creative companies will work in the next few years, it's the people who are most influencing the ad and marketing world right now.

We asked innovators behind some of the companies on this year's Most Innovative Companies in Advertising/Marketing list, representing key constituencies in the ad landscape—creative agencies, brands, marketing technology startups, and media platforms—for five predictions for the next five years.
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3D Hubs Releases Worldwide 3D Printing Trends for March 2015

On a monthly basis, 3D Hubs, the platform which connects 3D printer owners and hubs with people locally who need something printed, takes data they gather through their network of individuals and companies who use their service to create a trend report on all things “3D printing space.”

The trend report is pretty much a comprehensive outlook on the current state of the 3D printing industry. The data is drawn from the community that encompasses almost 13,000 printers in over 150 countries, thousands of 3D print orders every month, and many, many respondents.
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No Batteries: Energy-Generating Cloth For Wearable Devices

No Batteries: Energy-Generating Cloth For Wearable Devices | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers, but these gadgets' versatility is still held back by the stiff, short-lived batteries that are required. These limitations, however, could soon be overcome. In the journal ACS Nano, scientists report the first durable, flexible cloth that harnesses human motion to generate energy.
It can also self-charge batteries or supercapacitors without an external power source and make new commercial and medical applications possible.
Sang-Woo Kim and colleagues point out that the potential of wearable electronics extends far beyond the flashy and convenient. Small, lightweight devices could play life-changing roles as robotic skin or in other biomedical applications. But to maximize their utility, such electronics need an ultra-flexible, long-lasting energy source that is seamlessly incorporated into the device's design. For a possible solution, Kim's team turned to the emerging technology of "triboelectric nanogenerators," or TNGs, which harvest energy from everyday motion.

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First floating solar plant hopes to change waste energy in Australia

First floating solar plant hopes to change waste energy in Australia | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

A floating solar plant is set to be constructed on a wastewater treatment basin in South Australia, in an Australia-first initiative.
The plant, which is expected to be up and running by April, will float on a water treatment facility in Jamestown, according to the ABC. It will be used to generate energy to power the plant and any leftover energy will be transferred to the town of Jamestown.
It looks very similar to a traditional land-based solar plant, besides the fact it is designed to float. The system uses high-density polyethylene pipe for buoyancy and sits on a structural steel pontoon, which the panels slot into.
Infratech Industries is behind the ambitious project that will see efficiency increased by 57% compared to the land-based comparison. Felicia Whiting of Infratech Industries told the ABC the system is perfect for dry climates as the water body keeps the panels cool.

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How social media & technology is changing the way we do business

How social media & technology is changing the way we do business | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

In the first of our new series exploring The Future of Work, we explore one of the trends changing how we work: the digital revolution.
Today, we can Skype our colleagues on different continents, use Twitter to track for global trends, manage our multiple email accounts from our smartphones, coordinate with fellow professionals on LinkedIn, share photos and stories from last night on SnapChat and WhatsApp, launch a brand on Instagram, create a community on Facebook, stream our favourite global podcasts, get breaking updates from our news apps, order a taxi to the office with Uber and monitor our daily calorie usage with our FitBit. And we can do all of these things without even getting out of bed.

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10 tips for optimizing your creative for cross-device success

Creativity has always been at the core of an effective advertising campaign. Now amidst the "buzzword bingo" surrounding algorithms, optimization, targeting, data, KPIs, and more, the value placed on creativity often feels like a relic of the past. However, creative is still a critical element of a successful digital advertising campaign.
Research published in the Harvard Business Review found that more creative ad campaigns are considerably more effective than their less creative counterparts. Marketers can run the most optimized, targeted ad in the world, but if the creative itself isn't executed well, then the campaign will fall short of its intended results.
I recently met with our AdOps team and gathered 10 trends that tend to yield stronger campaign results. While all campaigns are different, hopefully using these creative tips and tricks will lead your next cross-device campaign to success.

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4 Niche Companies With Big Ideas On Innovation

When it comes to new ventures, the advice to avoid "diving into a crowded pool" is sound. The problem? It's not always enough to just recognize a need and create a new product or service that fills a vacuum. Even if you're operating within a niche, you still need to be innovative.
But bringing innovation to large, crowded markets can be incredibly difficult. True, creating the next iPhone or Facebook has the potential for a huge payoff, but that doesn't mean that going mainstream is a surefire path to success. Often, it's more worthwhile to focus on a specific, if smaller, market. These four companies are great examples of going niche without sacrificing innovation:

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2014 is ending, but this wave of technology disruptions is just beginning

2014 is ending, but this wave of technology disruptions is just beginning | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

When we are not tied to one job or employer; we are the masters of our own destiny. It creates a tremendous amount of freedom. But as researcher Barry Schwartz observed, “On the other side of liberation sits chaos and paralysis.”
This is what researchers Susan Ashford and Ruth Blatt at the University of Michigan wanted to explore. How do freelancers and others working outside a traditional work setting manage themselves? How do they monitor their time and stay disciplined? The answer would not only provide insight into this growing class of freelancers, but also give insights in how work is changing in the new “start-up of you” reality of work where everyone is a freelancer.

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A Power Tool for Creative Thinking

What if you could find a way to think like Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, or Richard Branson? What if you discovered the actual thought processes that lead great innovators to their Eureka moments, and then you reverse-engineered them? What if you built a power tool for creative thinking that would enable you to emulate the mind of the innovator?
Ever notice that when you read books or articles about after-the-fact cases of successful innovation, the authors rarely go back and try to unpack the thinking processes that led the innovators to their breakthroughs? They don’t ask “What was this person thinking? How did he or she manage to spot some disruptive opportunity for industry revolution that everyone else seems to have missed? What was different about the innovator’s angle of view?”

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25 Technology Trends for 2015 - 2016

25 Technology Trends for 2015 - 2016 | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
This list represents technologies and trends that I'm paying attention to and also high level thoughts around them. It's not complete. There's more to add on each topic of course. But this list is definitely worth exploring and I also invite you to share your ideas and the technologies you're watching.
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Tomorrowland: How Silicon Valley Shapes Our Future

Tomorrowland: How Silicon Valley Shapes Our Future | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The word on the street is that Travis Kalanick, founder and CEO of Uber, can be an asshole. He publicly insults the competition, mocks his own customers on Twitter and believes that politicians are incompetent. A top company executive even went so far as to suggest that journalists be spied on and Kalanick himself has said that it is as easy for him to seduce women as it is for others to call a taxi. In response to unhappy Uber drivers protesting poor pay, Kalanick predicted that they would soon be replaced by computers anyway.
Since December, Uber has been valued at $41 billion, not much less than Germany's largest financial institution, Deutsche Bank. It only took the company five years to spread from San Francisco to more than 260 cities in over 50 countries around the world. Every month, the company adds another couple of countries and a handful of cities to its portfolio.
Uber is a good -- no, a great -- product. Essentially carpooling at the push of a button, it is an extremely simple service and one whose implementation is technically brilliant and easy to use. In most parts of the world, Uber is not only cheaper than any taxi service on offer, but also better. The company says that 50,000 new drivers join Uber each month.

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the Destructive Power of Convenience, How new business models create an unbeatable customer experience

HOW NEW BUSINESS MODELS CREATE AN UNBEATABLE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE.
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Facebook’s 5 trends for an exciting, profitable, mobile-first future

Facebook’s 5 trends for an exciting, profitable, mobile-first future | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Facebook thinks that mobile phones are changing the world, and sees a future where everything starts with our mobile-connected lives. What follows from that, if done right, can be happy users and profitable businesses.

This week, thousands of mobile company executives and others are gathered in Barcelona, Spain for Mobile World Congress. Yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg keynoted there, explaining that Internet.org, the company’s nonprofit effort to bring connectivity to new users in developing countries, is helping carriers win new customers.
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This is a perfectly circular phone, and it's wonderfully weird

We've spent most of this week in Barcelona gawking at phones and watches that boast brushed metal and glass designs. So it was refreshing to see something completely different like the Runcible, a smart pocket watch from Monohm. It's nothing if not the most unique thing we've seen this week.
As George Arriola, founder and CPO of Monohm, tells me, the Runcible is meant to remove us from how we're so buried in our phones. That might be a more noble goal if it wasn't being promised everywhere we look these days. The Apple Watch promises a "glance" feature, phone makers offer ways to see notifications without unlocking your phone, and there's plenty of wearables, smartwatches, and accessories that are meant to keep us from using our phones so often.

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Will Seattle Continue to Be Cloud Computing Central?

Will Seattle Continue to Be Cloud Computing Central? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The cloud is everywhere. It’s on smartphones, desktop computers, tablets, even on television sets. But if one were forced to pinpoint one, and only one, location where the cloud could be found most easily, many technology experts would say Seattle is the place to look. When it comes to development of cloud computing technology, the northwest city of Seattle has become a destination location for the best and brightest. Companies large and small that specialize in the cloud have made their moves to that region, bringing with it innovative ideas and breakthrough creations. But is all the hype surrounding Seattle as cloud computing central really true and will it continue to remain so in the future? The answer is one that many within the industry want to know because it will inform many important business decisions over the next few years.
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Microsoft launches SA innovation centre to help startups

Microsoft launches SA innovation centre to help startups | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Microsoft is expected to help drive growth for small to medium-sized enterprises with the launch of the Microsoft Innovation Centre South Australia (MICSA) in Adelaide.

The MICSA is expected engage with more than 40 startups, provide technical training and resources to at least 250 people, and create at least 80 jobs in South Australia over the next 18 months. The hub is also expected to connect startups with Microsoft's customer and partner network to help them kick start their product launches.
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4 Ways Big Data Can Improve Financial Lives

4 Ways Big Data Can Improve Financial Lives | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

There’s been a lot of chatter about Big Data in the past few years. It seems no one can quite agree whether it’s a cure-all or a threat, the Next Big Thing or just another branding term. What is clear is that computing power and the sheer volume of data is growing exponentially. Computer Sciences Corporation estimates a whopping 4300% increase in data generated annually between 2009 and 2020.
Fundamentally, Big Data is a powerful toolset that uses machine-learning and predictive modeling to get smarter over time. At the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), we believe Big Data has the potential to improve the financial health of consumers and the success of providers on a large scale.
We have identified four key trends driving Big Data innovation that can unlock value for both financial providers and consumers:
1. Getting Granular Through Getting Huge

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Overcoming the Challenges to Successful Open Innovation

Overcoming the Challenges to Successful Open Innovation | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Before any organization can reap the economic benefits of open innovation, it must overcome a number of legal, operational and cultural challenges. In this article Peter von Dyck addresses the top three obstacles to open innovation: managing intellectual property issues and other legal risks, processing ideas quickly and establishing an efficient internal structure.
In an effort to create new products more efficiently and effectively, many companies are regularly and in a formalized way encouraging ideas from outside sources. These external sources include individuals and organizations, such as customers and vendors.
However, before any organization can reap the economic benefits of open innovation, it must overcome a number of legal, operational and cultural challenges.
The top three obstacles to the successful implementation of open innovation programs are:
1 - Managing intellectual property issues and other legal risks
2 - Processing ideas quickly, efficiently
3 - Establishing an efficient internal structure
Open innovation programs are doomed to fail if these obstacles are not addressed and overcome early in the process.

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Podo’s Camera Turns Any Surface Into A Photo Booth

Podo’s Camera Turns Any Surface Into A Photo Booth | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Since smartphones put a decent camera in nearly everyone’s pocket, it’s become the norm to take pictures with friends when going out, because you might as well capture the memory.
In some settings, that might mean asking a stranger to take a photo, stretching your arm out to capture several people at once or (gasp!) using a selfie stick. If you’re at a corporate event, you might even shove a few friends into an old-school photo booth, taking a few silly pictures you can share later on social media.
Podo is looking to combine those experiences with its tiny camera, launching on Kickstarter today. While it looks to be about the size of a GoPro (you can easily fit it in a pocket or purse), it’s got a pivoting, sticky base that gives away its true purpose: turning any surface into a dedicated photo zone.

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How PwC & Google are driving disruptive innovation across industries

How PwC & Google are driving disruptive innovation across industries | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
How PwC & Google are driving disruptive innovation across industries
Since we announced our PwC Google business relationship in October, we’ve had tremendous response from clients in nearly every industry asking us how we can help them take advantage of this alliance, which is expanding quickly across territories. Our alliance is now established in the US, UK, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, India and the Netherlands.

The question I hear most often from our clients is – how did you come to the decision to have the alliance, and what does PwC get out of it?
Going to the cloud is not just an IT issue – it’s at the heart of our business strategy and a key priority in our work of helping companies solve important business issues. Our mission is to build a better, faster, digital collaboration experience for our clients and our people, no matter where they are.
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