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Coursera

Coursera | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it

Breaking down the education system, 1 book at a time! Love this: free university courses!

 

The race to create a full-fledged digital campus — with renowned professors teaching everything from astronomy to obesity economics online — has a new front-runner.Coursera offer courses from the top universities, for free.
Learn from world-class professors, watch high quality lectures, achieve mastery via interactive exercises, and collaborate with a global community of students.

 

See Forbes article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2012/07/17/coursera-boom/

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Welcome to the age of Digital cruelty, where two-thirds of operational jobs are under threat

Welcome to the age of Digital cruelty, where two-thirds of operational jobs are under threat | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
“Organizations have been trying to reduce their labor costs for decades, but something feels very different about the new Digital reality in which we operate.”
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The process automation of future companies will have a massive impact on staff & their roles must adapt. Great article that offers some insight how to achieve this transformation.
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Concrete 3D Printer Can Build Homes In Less Than One Day - PSFK

Concrete 3D Printer Can Build Homes In Less Than One Day - PSFK | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
Contour Crafting could replace human construction workers with giant robots.
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3D concrete printer to build homes & possibly office blocks etc. ......bang goes the construction industry!
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The 9 Hottest Trends In HR Technology ... And Many Are Disruptive

The 9 Hottest Trends In HR Technology ... And Many Are Disruptive | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
I just completed several weeks of HR conferences (four vendor conferences, the HR Technology Conference, SuccessConnect, and LinkedIn TalentConnect) and want to share some insights on key directions in HR technology.
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Airport car-sharing startup FlightCar will pay you up to $400 per month to rent out your car

Airport car-sharing startup FlightCar will pay you up to $400 per month to rent out your car | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
Airport car-sharing service FlightCar, a startup which helps car owners make money off of their idle vehicles, has just launched FlightCar Monthly: a new program in public beta that ...
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Great idea - disrupting the car hire industry & reducing airport parking overload!

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Why ET3? | Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies | "Space Travel on Earth"

Why ET3? | Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies | "Space Travel on Earth" | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it

ET3 is literally "Space Travel on Earth". ET3 is silent, low cost, safe, faster than jets, and is electric.

Car sized passenger capsules travel in 1.5m (5') diameter tubes on frictionless maglev. Air is permanently removed from the two-way tubes that are built along a travel route. Airlocks at stations allow transfer of capsules without admitting air. Linear electric motors accelerate the capsules, which then coast through the vacuum for the remainder of the trip using no additional power. Most of the energy is regenerated as the capsules slow down. ET3 can provide 50 times more transportation per kWh than electric cars or trains.

Speed in initial ET3 systems is 600km/h (370 mph) for in state trips, and will be developed to 6,500 km/h (4,000 mph) for international travel that will allow passenger or cargo travel from New York to Beijing in 2 hours. ET3 is networked like freeways, except the capsules are automatically routed from origin to destination.

ET3 capsules weigh only 183 kg (400 lbs), yet like an automobile, can carry up to six people or 367 kg (800 lbs) of cargo. Compared to high speed rail, ET3 needs only 1/20th the material to build because the vehicles are so light. With automated passive switching, a pair of ET3 tubes can exceed the capacity of a 32 lane freeway. ET3 can be built for 1/10th the cost of High Speed Rail, or 1/4th the cost of a freeway.

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Disruption guru Christensen: Why Apple, Tesla, VCs, academia may die

Disruption guru Christensen: Why Apple, Tesla, VCs, academia may die | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it

"Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen literally wrote the book on technology disruption, and he thinks Apple, Tesla Motors, venture capitalists and most of the nation’s colleges and universities should be afraid.

 

The author of The Innovator’s Dilemma said Wednesday that all of them could be killed by less advanced competitors in the same way that many once dominant technology companies have been in the past."


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D-Wave, The Quantum Computing Company

D-Wave, The Quantum Computing Company | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
Portal to the state of the art in the design and building of quantum computers, operating systems, algorithms, hardware, superconductors, and quantum physics.
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Quantum computing is happening now - this is disruption in action!

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Window Socket – Solar Energy Powered Socket by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh » Yanko Design

Window Socket – Solar Energy Powered Socket by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh » Yanko Design | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
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Suck it and see! Solar powered battery charger that sticks to a window - what a great idea - simples!

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Building innovative companies using the powerful disruptive force of the Connected Generation (Part 1)

Building innovative companies using the powerful disruptive force of the Connected Generation (Part 1) | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
Competitive dynamics are shifting and the rules for success and failure are being rewritten across almost every industry and every business function. Exciting n
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Great article on the 1st of a 2 part series on the  two things innovative disruptive companies have in common

1 - an overwhelming desire to disrupt their competitors by re-imagining the ways things are done

2 - they are also guided and driven by leaders who come from what we at TomorrowToday call the Connection Generation.

 

Interesting look at competitve advantage thru history and what that competitive advantage is now.  

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Cyrus: open source 3D printer

Open Source 3D printer with rigid aluminum casing. Looks greats, prints amazing. Low cost and assembled in couple of hours.
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Love this & its UK made - they are generating funding on kickstarter!
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Remix, Edit, Enhance And Share Videos With Popcorn Maker By Mozilla

Remix, Edit, Enhance And Share Videos With Popcorn Maker By Mozilla | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it

From "Introducing Popcorn Maker" blog post by Mozilla:

"Popcorn Maker is a free web app that makes video pop with interactivity, context and the magic of the web.

 

Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Using Popcorn Maker’s simple drag and drop interface, you can add live content to any video — photos, maps, links, social media feeds and more. All right from your browser.

 

The result is a new way to tell stories on the web, with videos that are rich with context, full of links, and unique each time you watch them."

 

Read full original article: http://bit.ly/TTKfs3

 

Try out it: https://popcorn.webmaker.org

 

Intro video: http://popcorn.webmadecontent.org/r7

 


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R.G. Riles's curator insight, April 8, 2013 11:06 AM

WOW! Does this appear to be a powerful and promising tool, or what? If you're into making video, you might want to get used to using Mozilla Firefox for a while and then start using Popcorn Maker when it's time to make those new, shiney movies! Wonder what our friends at FAME thing about this?

Aulde de Barbuat's curator insight, April 15, 2013 4:49 PM

Looks like the ideal tool. Great that it is open source.

Daniels's curator insight, April 16, 2013 10:53 AM

A hot tool IMO, I am soon going to try it.

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Project VRM

Project VRM | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it

VRM stands for Vendor Relationship Management. VRM tools provide customers with both independence from vendors and better ways of engaging with vendors.


To vendors, VRM is the customer-side counterpart of CRM (or Customer Relationship Management). VRM tools provide customers with the means to bear their side of the relationship burden. They relieve CRM of the perceived need to "capture," "acquire," "lock in," "manage," and otherwise employ the language and thinking of slave-owners when dealing with customers. With VRM operating on the customer's side, CRM systems will no longer be alone in trying to improve the ways companies relate to customers. Customers will be also be involved, as fully empowered participants, rather than as captive followers.

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VRM will have a large impact on all our futures, learn more about this counterpart to CRM.

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Google announces open source patent pledge, won't sue 'unless first attacked'

Google announces open source patent pledge, won't sue 'unless first attacked' | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
Google just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge, a new initiative whereby the company has promised not to sue developers, distributors, and users of open source software utilizing...
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Google announces open source patent pledge, won't sue 'unless first attacked' Is this the way to change the market place & win trust?
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Welcome to the battle for disruptive models and technology in hotels

Welcome to the battle for disruptive models and technology in hotels | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it

Hotels are sitting at a crossroads of three dimensions that will unquestionably experience significant disruption in the coming years.


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Great article with lots of examples & a slideshare as well

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The train that NEVER stops moving: Concept for high-speed transport picks up passengers in a pod as it zooms past a station

The train that NEVER stops moving: Concept for high-speed transport picks up passengers in a pod as it zooms past a station | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
The design was created by Chinese designer Chen Jianjun. As a train passes through a stop, a pod locks on to its roof and passengers descend onto the train.
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I've often wondered if you could attach a human/s to a moving train (this blows my bungee cord theory outta the park! ) - gotta be big benefits to this!

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Clay Christensen and Dominic Barton on Consulting's Disruption

Clay Christensen and Dominic Barton on Consulting's Disruption | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
The HBS sage and McKinsey head discuss how to stay on top in a rapidly changing industry.
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Brilliant podcast about disruption in the consulting sector with examples that stretch across all buisinesses & sectors - lots of learning points about why disruption occurs & potentially how you can combat it as your business moves to a high profile high profit work model & move away from the "knuckle draggers" less complicated work! 

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Amscreen brings face-detection to its digital ads, gleaning age, gender and other data for advertisers

Amscreen brings face-detection to its digital ads, gleaning age, gender and other data for advertisers | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
Amscreen is one of the most well-known outdoor advertising brands in Europe, providing digital screens and selling advertising space on garage forecourts, high streets and stores across ...
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Facial detection - not recognition....phew! Still pretty cool so should shake up the advertising industry.

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Phonecast live to the web from any phone, anywhere | ipadio | Talk to your World

Phonecast live to the web from any phone, anywhere | ipadio | Talk to your World | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
ipadio takes any phone call and streams it live on the web, makes phonecasts and phlogs simple and immediate
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I think this technology has huge potential in lots of different verticals for many diverse applications. They have taken the Apple design approach and made the publication of phonecasts ridiculously simple from a device we carry with us every day. This is going to mahoosive!

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Disruptive technologies articles and insights | McKinsey & Company

Disruptive technologies articles and insights | McKinsey & Company | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
From computational biology to 3D printing, new technology is changing the game-again
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Great start in a series from McKinsey - Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmdt talks about disruptive technologies.

 

Great quote "We are going, in a single lifetime, from a small elite having acces to informaion, to essentially, everyone in the world having access to all the worlds information".....BOOM!

 

Many thanks to Garry Schulz for this link, see his scoop.it channel, "disrupt it" http://www.scoop.it/t/letsdisruptit

 

and his blog: http://disruptit.com.au/the-impact-of-disruptive-technology-a-conversation-with-googles-eric-schmidt/#

 

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Amazon Web Services Will Continue to Disrupt Enterprises, IT Vendors

Amazon Web Services Will Continue to Disrupt Enterprises, IT Vendors | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
Traditional IT vendors may deride Amazon as a mere bookseller, but Amazon Web Service is growing quickly, not to mention inexpensively.
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Great article discusses the BIG money involved in AWS & their "terrorsied" competitiors!

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Most Innovative Companies 2013 | Fast Company

Most Innovative Companies 2013 | Fast Company | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
Our annual guide to the state of innovation in our economy featuring the businesses whose innovations are having the greatest impacts across their...
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The New DIsruptors!

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openMaterials | DIY smart materials

openMaterials | DIY smart materials | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
OpenMaterials is a collaborative research project dedicated to open investigation and experimentation with DIY production methods and uses of materials.
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nimbleTV

nimbleTV | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
Finally, no matter where your favorite TV comes from, you can get it anywhere you are and anywhere you go.
Peter Thompson's insight:

This looks like a huge game changer for TV subscription services & means local TV content providers can now easily be a global player. 

 

“Our business is globalizing television to make it ‘flat’ and accessible to anyone,” Subramanian says. “nimbleTV creates customer choice because people can sign up for any cable service provider, not just the one in their area, which creates more competition and a consumer-oriented market. It will also lift the geographic restrictions on programming that exist in the current market."

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Rethink Robotics :: Home

Rethink Robotics :: Home | Disruptive Influencers | Scoop.it
America’s first adaptive manufacturing robot. Designed to use common sense and work safely alongside people, it’ll take your productivity to new heights—and deliver a true competitive edge.
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For $22K you get a robot; trainable by non-technical personnel, with no costly programming needed. And flexible and adaptable enough to change quickly across tasks, lines and teams. 

This is v impressive and low cost. Humans no longer required for repetitve tasks!

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Who needs a recruiter o

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VOST Presentation - The Basics

VOST - The Basics Presentation. Virtual Operations Support (VOS) for emergency management & disaster recovery makes use of new communication technologies & social media tools to help volunteers aid emergency services personnel overwhelmed by the amount of data generated during a disaster. 

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