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Future of Engagement #8: Collective Intelligence

Future of Engagement #8: Collective Intelligence | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Organizations synthesize search, social and sensor data streams into insights that guide smarter actions. What is Collective Intelligence?

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Collective intelligence involves analyzing the collective actions and feedback of people, finding patterns and trends, and sharing it back to aid understanding and guide action. Organizations, artists and changemakers are using collective intelligence to analyze opinions and behaviors, identify patterns and trends, and recommend actions or inspire change.

The rise of collective intelligence can be attributed to three broad trends. First, people are sharing immense amounts of location-based, personalized data online, both implicitly by searching, clicking or buying and explicitly by creating profiles, posting status updates, and checking in to locations and events. Second, people are beginning to use sensor-based devices to track and share real world data about our bodies (quantified self) and our devices, houses, and environments (internet of things). Third, web platforms like Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are anonymizing and aggregating this data, mining collective intelligence from it themselves, and also making it available for third-party applications via robust APIs.

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"Third, web platforms like Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are anonymizing and aggregating this data, mining collective intelligence from it themselves, and also making it available for third-party applications via robust APIs.

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Entrepreneurs and changemakers are creating niche platforms to mine social and search data to improve traffic conditions (Waze (video)), optimize energy consumption (Opower (video)), and aggregate health data to predict outbreak of diseases (Sickweather (video), Flu Near You (video), HealthMap (video)) and even explore effective cures (Patients Like Me (video),NextBio (video)).

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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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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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How to tell when a robot has written you a letter?

How to tell when a robot has written you a letter - The Message - Medium

I first heard of these human-machine handwriting differences in a conversation last week with Brian Curliss and Daniel Jurek, the cofounders of the startup Maillift. If you need to send out 200 personalized letters to sales leads but haven’t got the time to handwrite them yourself — or if your handwriting is, like mine, grotesque — then Maillift will generate them for you, using teams of genuinely carbon-based people. (What sort of person enjoys handwriting letters for others? “Teachers,” Curliss replies. Apparently teachers have spectacular handwriting, take enormous pride in the craft, and want to make some extra coin in their evenings and weekends.)
Curliss and Jurek also own a handwriting robot, so they’ve studied thousands of human-written letters and compared them to ones produced by machines. They’ve identified three crucial distinctions. They are:

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Is a computer in a mouse the 'next evolution of the PC'?

Is a computer in a mouse the 'next evolution of the PC'? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Engineers at a Polish start-up have crammed an entire computer into the tiny space inside a mouse, and are now looking for help to bring it to market.
The makers of the device claim that it’s the next step in the evolution of the PC, one which “should have been made a long time ago”.
“The computer industry needs freshness and Mouse-Box has got plenty of it,” says the Mouse-Box website.
Somehow, inside the snazzy red mouse is 128GB of storage, Wi-Fi, a micro HDMI port to connect to a monitor or projector and a four-core 1.4GHz processor from UK-based ARM.
It also has an accelerometer and a gyroscope.

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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, by Janine Benyus

Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature's best ideas -- spider silk and eyes, seashells and brain cells, photosynthesis and DNA --and adapts them for human use. Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick researchers who are discovering nature's ingenious solutions to the problem of human well-being: studying leaves to learn how to make microscopic solar power packs that will clean up toxic spills and light our homes; harnessing DNA's coding power to make blindingly fast computers; discovering miracle drugs by observing what animals eat; and much, much more. The answers are there for the finding, poem-like in their elegance and economy. Anyone interested in the people and ideas that are shaping our future must read this book to know where the most exciting revelations lie -- literally all around us.
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Five business models in the circular economy: #1 Circular supplies

Five business models in the circular economy: #1 Circular supplies | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Research by Accenture has revealed five business models companies can adopt - alone or in combinations.
There’s no doubt about it: The circular economy will address the looming resource supply/demand imbalance. So it’s good for the planet. But that’s only half the story. We wanted to delve into the other half. How it can give companies a circular advantage? (Also the title of research launched recently by Accenture.) And, in the bargain, produce an advantage for customers, too.
By decoupling scarce resource use from growth, organizations gain protection from rising and volatile commodity prices, resilience against supply disruptions, and reduction of environmental footprint.
"This model allows companies to provide fully renewable, recyclable or biodegradable materials in its commercial processes."
In Accenture’s research we look at the five business models companies can adopt (alone or in combinations) to get this win-win-win:
- Circular supplies.
- Resource recovery.
- Product life extension.
- Sharing platforms.
- Product as a service

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Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The importance of sustainability as a business issue has steadily grown over the past two decades. Most businesses understand that their sustained success depends upon the economic, social and ecological contexts in which they operate. But the stability of those contexts can no longer be taken for granted. The physical environment is becoming more unpredictable, a more interconnected global economy is altering social conditions, and technological innovation is transforming the nature of consumption and production.
Corporate sustainability has evolved from expressing good intentions and looking for internal operational efficiencies to addressing critical business issues involving a complex network of strategic relationships and activities. As sustainability issues have become more global and pivotal to success, companies are realizing that they can’t go it alone. Through their strategic networks, business can, and arguably must, tackle some of the toughest sustainability issues, such as access to stressed or nonrenewable resources, avoiding human rights violations in value chains2 or moderating climate change.

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50% of Global Consumers Willing to Pay More for Socially Responsible Products

50% of Global Consumers Willing to Pay More for Socially Responsible Products | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Fifty percent of global consumers are willing to pay more for goods and services from companies that have implemented programs to give back to society, according to a new study from Nielsen.

The Nielsen Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility polled more than 29,000 Internet respondents in 58 countries. The percentage of consumers willing to pay more increased among both males and females and across all age groups, with respondents under age 30 most likely to say they would spend more for goods and services from companies that give back. Among consumers ages 40-44, 50 percent agree they would pay more, up from 38 percent two years ago.
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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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Your Customers’ Behavior Is a Competitive Advantage

At a reception for JetBlue’s most frequent Mosaic flyers, I had the opportunity to listen to the airline’s top management discuss its ambitions to improve operations and enhance customer experience. The discussion was excellent and — on a whim — I asked one of the most senior executives what JetBlue’s customers could do to improve the airline. He paused for a long moment and essentially responded, “The most important way our customers could improve the airline would be by being more polite.” He talked about how stressful and debilitating it was for ticket agents, gate agents, and flight attendants to deal with rude and ill-mannered flyers. Nicer customers, he maintained, would make for a nicer experience for everyone.
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89% of CEOs Think Talent Determines Innovation Outcome

89% of CEOs Think Talent Determines Innovation Outcome | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Invention and innovation are at the heart of our economy and our democratic society. They’re one of the drivers of the American Dream (flagging as it might be), catapulting lives, changing businesses and shaping our national image. America was founded on a certain brazenness and ingenuity. So we should be good at this, right? Innovation gets a lot of lip service, but success remains stubbornly out of reach for many among even our best and brightest companies.
In my work studying how consumer research can improve enterprises’ innovation processes and improve their chances of success, I’ve come across innovation management research that focuses on how companies can succeed by making their businesses innovation ready.

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The CEO Consumer Study: From Marketing to Mattering

From Marketing to Mattering Generating Business Value by Meeting the Expectations of 21st Century People
The UN Global Compact-Accenture Study on Sustainability in collaboration with Havas Media RE:PURPOSE
In this companion report to the world’s largest CEO study on sustainability to date, 30,000 consumers worldwide give their views on their quality of life, expectations on business and governments, and attitudes towards sustainable brands.
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Book: Cradle to Cradle & Remaking the Way We Make Things

This is arguably one of the few most influential sustainability books to date. The authors present a manifesto calling for a new industrial revolution, one that would render both traditional manufacturing and traditional environmentalism obsolete. The authors envision eliminating the concept of waste altogether, while preserving commerce and allowing human creativity to thrive. They offer several compelling examples of corporations that are not just doing less harm, ones that are doing some good for the environment and their neighborhoods, and making more money in the process. Cradle to Cradle is a refreshing change from the intractable environmental conflicts that dominate headlines. It's a handbook for 21st-century innovation and should be required reading for everyone.
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6 data-driven disruptors giving business-as-usual the boot

6 data-driven disruptors giving business-as-usual the boot | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

On January 20th, one of these companies will be crowned king of disruption at The Circular Economy Awards. Here’s why they deserve the recognition.
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You’ve already met those leading the charge. So, as promised, we’re taking a closer look at those finalists for the inaugural ‘Circulars’ , who are undoubtedly biting their nails as they wait for the announcement of the winners at the end of the month (at the World Economic Forum in Davos, no less.) Supported by Accenture, these awards are recognizing those that have made a notable contribution to driving the circular economy. So - who are they, and why are they so great?
This time, we’re looking at the companies contesting for The BT Award for Circular Economy Digital Disruption - companies who are disrupting business-as-usual by enabling the circular economy with data-driven technologies.

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Collaborative Leadership (for innovation) : An Overview

It's no longer enough to respond to change—organizations must lead change or be left behind. How responsive is your organization to the new ideas that will improve operations as well as develop breakthrough product lines and services? And how do you foster innovation and creativity in your company to increase productivity and profits?
The answers your organization needs in order to succeed are very likely to be found within the people who work with you. Those on the front lines know best how to lead change with subtle product improvements, bold new directions, and improved services that strengthen your position in the marketplace.
How do leaders build organizations to stimulate and foster innovation?

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Tech innovations that could improve lives in 2015

Tech innovations that could improve lives in 2015 | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The annual Nominet Trust 100 highlights global digital social innovation, much of it showcasing technologies that are tackling social challenges in developing countries. But even in the UK and the US, there are plenty of examples that have the potential to mitigate some of our our most intractable social problems, from growing isolation among older people, to the pressure of long-term health conditions on health systems.

The top 100 list was compiled last month, by a group of innovation, internet and charity experts. We’ve picked some of those that could soon be making an impact in the UK, from gadgets that help children and adults to learn to look after their health, to websites that map accessible venues for disabled people, and mobile phone games that harness citizen’s science.
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