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To Succeed? We all need to innovate our jobs away – Part 1

Losing our jobs for the better?
The rise of crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, crowdtransporting, crowdletting, etc., has transformed our economy. It has also ushered in the era of the shared economy. Previously marginalized people can now contribute, no matter how small, to all walks of life. It seems to be a fantastic opportunity for the world to access the untapped skill of the crowd. But what about the people whose jobs this makes redundant? Whither the expert?
With the exponential growth in the internet, we have seen similar growth in internet based companies and services. Many of these companies and services exploit the internet’s connectivity to be able to reach people who were previously excluded from a typical business’ day-to-day affairs. These individuals are often willing to offer their “expertise” in return for money, recognition or simply because it is fun. More importantly they are often willing to offer their “expertise” at a much lower price than an expert carrying out the same work.
This has led to the proliferation of business opportunities such as Threadless, Airbnb, iStockPhoto, Uber and hundreds more. These businesses engage thousands of people mostly on a casual basis, who are more than happy to make a bit of money on the side. However, for every flower each sharing bee pollinates, it leaves one less for the bees living only from pollinating flowers.

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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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The Future of Maintenance Processes

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.

Digital prescriptive maintenance (DPM) improvements can be made at the device asset level, on multiple devices in a plant or well site, as well as thr
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Google Will Become Prey, Not the Predator

Google Will Become Prey, Not the Predator | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Although monopolies get a bad rap, they’re not always a bad thing. In the short term, modern monopolies are often a boon to consumers. They bring valuable new inventions to market, and, in the case of platforms, they build new communities and markets that would not exist otherwise.
The downside comes much later, as the monopolist ages and starts to crowd out potential new competitors without delivering new value. As legal expert and author Tim Wu said, monopolies “tend to be good-to-great in the short term and bad-to-terrible in the long term.”

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S&OP Made Practical | The European Business Review

The biggest obstacles to S&OP excellence stem from the complexity of managing the process which requires amongst other things, identifying, gathering and analysing relevant data, effectively managing participants and information. Here Karin Bursa of Logility outlines a five-step road map to organising the tasks and analyses needed to S&OP excellence.

A great Sales and Operations Planning‭ (‬S&OP‭) ‬process maps out a realistic and profitable overall direction for your company‭, ‬bringing together sales‭, ‬marketing‭, ‬inventory‭, ‬procurement‭, ‬manufacturing‭, ‬and finance to decide how to best manage resources‭, ‬profitably satisfy customer demand‭, ‬and pursue strategic initiatives involving new markets‭, ‬new product introductions‭, ‬acquisitions‭, ‬and more‭.‬
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Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say

Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Could it be that Alzheimer’s disease stems from the toxic remnants of the brain’s attempt to fight off infection?
Provocative new research by a team of investigators at Harvard leads to this startling hypothesis, which could explain the origins of plaque, the mysterious hard little balls that pockmark the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.
It is still early days, but Alzheimer’s experts not associated with the work are captivated by the idea that infections, including ones that are too mild to elicit symptoms, may produce a fierce reaction that leaves debris in the brain, causing Alzheimer’s. The idea is surprising, but it makes sense, and the Harvard group’s data, published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, supports it. If it holds up, the hypothesis has major implications for preventing and treating this degenerative brain disease.

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Decrying protectionism, GE's Immelt makes "bold pivot" in strategy

GE’s CEO attacks protectionism, and signals a big change in the company’s globalization strategy.
General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, in a speech that may signal an end to seven decades of globalization, said his company is making a “bold pivot” in strategy as a response to rising protectionist political pressures.
Immelt told graduates at New York University’s Stern School of Business on Friday that they are “entering a volatile global economy, the most uncertain I have ever seen.” In particular, he said, “globalization is being attacked as never before.”
“In the face of a protectionist global environment, companies must navigate the world on their own,” he said. “We must level the playing field, without government engagement. This requires dramatic transformation.”

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Screwy-looking wind turbine makes little noise and a big claim

Screwy-looking wind turbine makes little noise and a big claim | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Although it's getting increasingly common to see solar panels on the roofs of homes, household wind turbines are still a fairly rare sight. If Rotterdam-based tech firm The Archimedes has its way, however, that will soon change. Today the company officially introduced its Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine, which is said to have an energy yield that is "80 percent of the maximum that is theoretically feasible." That's quite the assertion, given that most conventional wind turbines average around 25 to 50 percent.

The 75-kg (165-lb) 1.5-meter (5-ft)-wide Liam obviously doesn't look much like a typical turbine. It draws on the form of the nautilus shell, and the screw pump invented by ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes of Syracuse.
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Sensor detects signs of cancer, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's

Sensor detects signs of cancer, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are all able to be better treated if detected early. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as symptoms may not appear until these diseases are well established. To help counteract this problem, scientists at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (LNNano) in Brazil have created a biosensor capable of rapidly detecting molecules specifically linked to various cancers and neurological diseases.
Essentially a nanometer-size, single-layer organic transistor mounted on a glass slide, the new biosensor contains a reduced form of a peptide (a short chain amino acids; also referred to as "small proteins") known as glutathione (GSH). This substance, when exposed to the enzyme glutathione S-transferase (GST) – associated with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, breast cancer and a number of other diseases – creates a reaction that is detected by the transistor.

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Hycore Turns Bikes into E-Bikes

Hycore Turns Bikes into E-Bikes
Hycore has developed an innovative all-in-one wheel that can convert an ordinary bike into an electric one. The Centinel Wheel houses all the necessary components of an electric drive system including motor, battery, and controller and is expected to drive the growth of the local e-bike market. Park Dong-hyeon, the CEO of the company shares his business motto as well as how he came to found a startup specializing in motor technology for eco-friendly modes of transport.
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Blizzident "toothbrush" is claimed to clean your teeth in 6 seconds

Blizzident "toothbrush" is claimed to clean your teeth in 6 seconds | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
When it comes to things that people don't do as often or as well as they should, tooth-brushing would have to be at the top of the list. While it usually just comes down to laziness, a lot of people claim that they don't brush their teeth properly because they don't have time. Well, with the new Blizzident toothbrush (if it can be called a toothbrush), a full and complete cleaning of the teeth can reportedly be accomplished in just six seconds.
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Laser igniters could spell the end for the humble spark plug

Laser igniters could spell the end for the humble spark plug | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Internal combustion engines are likely to remain in widespread use for some time yet, but it's possible that we may be bidding adieu to that most iconic of engine parts, the spark plug. Researchers from Japan's National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) are creating laser igniters that could one day replace spark plugs in automobile engines. Not only would these lasers allow for better performance and fuel economy, but cars using them would also create less harmful emissions.

Located at the top of each engine cylinder, spark plugs send a high-voltage electrical spark across a gap between their two metal electrodes. That spark ignites the compressed air-fuel mixture in the cylinder, causing a controlled mini-explosion that pushes the piston down.
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Inside Project Ara, Google's Lego-like plan to disrupt the smartphone

Inside Project Ara, Google's Lego-like plan to disrupt the smartphone | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Project Ara, Google's attempt to build a smartphone that lets you swap out its parts like Lego blocks -- just by popping them on and off. Slide in a couple of speaker modules if you're throwing a party, insert an additional battery if you'll be out on the town or even slot in exotic modules like glucometers (for diabetics) or sensors to measure air quality. While we've recently seen LG attempt to build a modular smartphone with the G5, these Ara snap-on concepts are the kind of features you'd never find on a normal phone built for mass-market adoption.
With an Ara smartphone, you can snap on new parts.

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Steve Case: The 'third wave' of the internet will transform our institutions 

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.
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The Industries That Are Being Disrupted the Most by Digital

We’re at a critical time for the digital economy. Digital is no longer the shiny front end of the organization – it’s integrated into every aspect of today’s companies. As digital technologies continue to transform the economy, many leaders are struggling to set a digital strategy, shift organizational structures, and remove the barriers that are keeping them from maximizing the potential impact of new digital technologies.

Every year, Russell Reynolds Associates surveys more than 2,000 C-level executives on the impact, structure, barriers, and enablers of digital technologies across 15 industries. The barometer below shows the percentage of executives surveyed who responded that their business would be moderately or massively disrupted by digital in the next 12 months, broken down by industry.
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Collaborative Innovation as Ultimate Driver of Growth 

Collaborative Innovation as Ultimate Driver of Growth  | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Collaborative innovation is the partnership between a young, entrepreneurial firm on the move and an established, large corporation. The goal of these partnerships is to commercialise new ideas and technology, with the intent of promoting economic growth and improving regional competitiveness. The idea behind collaborative innovation is that the partnerships are mutually beneficial: entrepreneurial firms gain assistance in scaling up – access to markets and capital – while established firms enhance their competitiveness by adding or expanding their businesses through technology and market innovations gained from collaborative innovation.
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Top 5 3D Printers You may Want || 3D Printer

3D Printer in Action :
Top 5 3D Printers that will blow your mind. Today the 3D printer technology is so advanced that they are availablle for home use. With 3D printers you can print anything anywhere you want. It is totally new world to explore and offcourse fun at the same time.
-  FLUX All-in-One 3D Printer - UNLIMITED. ELEGANT. SIMPLE
-  Tiko - The Unibody 3D Printer
-  The Palette: 3D Printing Evolved
-  The Micro: The First Truly Consumer 3D Printer - M3D
-  MoonRay - World's Best Desktop DLP 3D Printer

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The age of new materials - is the future now?

The age of new materials - is the future now? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The sky is the limit
Based on the research we’re seeing today, the field of applied material science is set to move in new, almost science-fiction-like directions. Looming resource scarcity is demanding innovations and out-of-the-box thinking. On the materials front, composites with such desirable attributes as low weight, high strength and high durability look likely to take a larger market share, and more of these materials will likely be based on renewable resources, as the need for this becomes greater. The most promising jewel in this arena is graphene.
Graphene is a single atom thick (1 million times thinner than a human hair) but 200 times stronger than steel by weight, extremely flexible, super light and almost transparent with great heat and electricity conductivity. It’s the stuff legends are made of.

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New Solar Plants Generate Floating Green Power

New Solar Plants Generate Floating Green Power | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

The installation, which went into operation last year, is constructed so that it generates up to 57 percent more energy than a rooftop solar plant. (The finished plant is expected to generate up to 20 percent more energy than a land-based array.)
The panels are specially coated to prevent corrosion, and set on a tracking system that moves them to maximize sunlight during the course of a day.

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Why Most Small Business Owners Should Kiss Venture Capital Goodbye

JJ Ramberg, co-founder of goodshop.com, explains why bootstrapping and alternative funding sources are the most realistic options for the majority of small business owners in America.
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Windstalk concept is a wind farm without the turbines

Windstalk concept is a wind farm without the turbines | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Wind turbines are an increasingly popular way to generate clean energy with large-scale wind farms springing up all over the world. However, many residents near proposed wind farm sites have raised concerns over the aesthetics and the low frequency vibrations they claim are generated by wind turbines. An interesting Windstalk concept devised by New York design firm Atelier DNA could overcome both these problems while still allowing a comparable amount of electricity to be generated by the wind.
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Centinel Wheel makes bikes into e-bikes

Centinel Wheel makes bikes into e-bikes | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
If you'd like the ease of an electric bicycle but don't want to give up your perfectly good "manual" bike, there is something you can do – you can replace your bike's existing rear wheel with the electrically-powered Copenhagen Wheel or FlyKly, or replace its front wheel with the Omni Wheel. Those three products may soon have to make room for another competitor, however, as the Centinel Wheel enters the marketplace.

Like the Copenhagen Wheel and the FlyKly, the Centinel is swapped with a regular bike's back wheel – plans call for it to first be made in a 26-inch wheel size, with other sizes to follow.
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GeoOrbital Wheel | Make your bike electric in 60 seconds

Use your bike to go up to 20 miles per hour for 20-50 miles - quick installation, universal compatibility. The Patent Pending GeoOrbital wheel is an evolution of the orbital wheel (the wheels on the TRON Motorcycles). The GeoOrbital wheel replaces a standard bicycle front wheel to turn your bike into a powerful electric bike in under 60 seconds
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Pilot earpiece targets language barriers with live conversation translation

Pilot earpiece targets language barriers with live conversation translation | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
From the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Babel fish to Star Trek's universal translator, science fiction has found ways to break down the intergalactic language barriers, but it's something those of us in the real world are still struggling with. New York startup Waverly Labs is now claiming it's ready to make fiction a reality with the Pilot earpiece, which sits in your ear to provide near real-time translations of multilingual conversations.
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Project Ara: Will Google's modular smartphone slot into our future?

Project Ara: Will Google's modular smartphone slot into our future? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
We've been keeping an eye on the progress of Google's Project Ara for a while now, and the radio silence had us a little worried. The idea for a modular smartphone, where individual hardware components like cameras, speakers and battery packs can be easily swapped out to customize your device, was too intriguing to languish in limbo. But Ara will languish no more, as the tech giant gave the project some much needed attention at its I/O conference last week. We now know a lot more about how the system works, how it fits into the current landscape of modular phones and why we should be (at least cautiously) excited about it.
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The rise of APIs

The rise of APIs | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the dynamics of how software is created and brought to market.

The application programming interface (API) has been a key part of software development for decades as a way to develop for a specific platform, such as Microsoft Windows. More recently, newer platform providers, from Salesforce to Facebook and Google, have offered APIs that help the developer and have, in effect, created a developer dependency on these platforms.
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