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How LEGO Built Up From Innovation Rubble

LEGO is one of those brands most brand zealots use as an example of a brand that others aspire to be. With its iconic look, non-stop line of innovation success and its ability to capture the imagination with figures built stories high, LEGO has Disney-like...
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The $100 3D printer blasts past Kickstarter goal

The $100 3D printer blasts past Kickstarter goal | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
Until this year, a 3D printer below $1,000 was pretty much unheard of. But more and more affordable options put a 3D printer within reach of the average person.
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A History of the Future in 100 Objects

A History of the Future in 100 Objects | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
Why write a history of the 21st century? There are still 18 years until the end of the century, and it may seem foolhardy for a mere human to attempt to analyse the data at our disposal.
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Tesla patents an electric car battery that'll last 400 miles

Tesla patents an electric car battery that'll last 400 miles | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
The cutting edge Tesla Motors has patented a battery that can allegedly keep an electric car running for 400 miles.
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Japan Looks to Big Data for Timely Economic Indicator

Japan Looks to Big Data for Timely Economic Indicator | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
The Cabinet Office is proposing a broad, new composite index of economic indicators that would be updated daily or weekly, instead of monthly as is now the case.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk uses Twitter to ask for engineers

Tesla CEO Elon Musk uses Twitter to ask for engineers | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
'Intense effort underway at Tesla to develop a practical autopilot system for Model S,' said Musk, 42. 'Engineers interested in working on autonomous driving, pls email autopilot@teslamotors.com.
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Lessons of Steve Jobs: Guy Kawasaki at TEDxUCSD

Lessons of Steve Jobs: Guy Kawasaki at TEDxUCSD | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
Guy Kawasaki is the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. He is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an "online magazine rack" of p...
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Microsoft beams Internet into Africa -- using TV 'white spaces'

Microsoft beams Internet into Africa -- using TV 'white spaces' | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
Microsoft is trialing the use of 'white spaces' -- empty TV channels -- to bring broadband to rural Africa.
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10 trends to watch in pediatric medicine: Part 1 - Boston Children's Hospital

10 trends to watch in pediatric medicine: Part 1 - Boston Children's Hospital | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
10 trends to watch in pediatric medicine @BostonChildrens #personalizedmedicine http://t.co/nZZxynzzyw
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One Very Good Argument For Implanted Medical Data Devices

One Very Good Argument For Implanted Medical Data Devices | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
You wear a Nike Fit so why not embed a datacollection device under your skin to detect tumors
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Nokia's 'Thanks Apple' Taunt Goes Down As One Of The Most Retweeted Brand Tweets Ever

Nokia's 'Thanks Apple' Taunt Goes Down As One Of The Most Retweeted Brand Tweets Ever | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
Nokia's Apple taunt was retweeted almost 40,000 times.
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Rethinking Design Thinking - Fahrenheit 212

Rethinking Design Thinking - Fahrenheit 212 | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
Recent years have shown Design Thinking to be 100% effective at delivering 50% of the answer. It isn't wrong, it just isn't enough.
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Scott McGregor's 4 Ingredients For American Innovation - Forbes

Scott McGregor's 4 Ingredients For American Innovation - Forbes | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
Scott McGregor's 4 Ingredients For American Innovation Forbes Broadcom's Broadcom's President and CEO Scott McGregor has been present at various moments of creation during the digital era.
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Technologies that guide driverless vehicles could one day help the blind navigate - The Boston Globe

Technologies that guide driverless vehicles could one day help the blind navigate - The Boston Globe | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
For years, engineer Rich Madison has been developing a system that could help soldiers or driverless vehicles navigate in environments where GPS signals falter.
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Post-PRISM, Google Confirms Quietly Moving To Make All Searches Secure, Except For Ad Clicks

Post-PRISM, Google Confirms Quietly Moving To Make All Searches Secure, Except For Ad Clicks | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
In the past month, Google quietly made a change aimed at encrypting all search activity — except for clicks on ads.
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Molten-air battery's storage capacity among the highest of any battery type

Molten-air battery's storage capacity among the highest of any battery type | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Researchers have demonstrated a new class of high-energy battery, called a 'molten-air battery,' that has one of the highest storage capacities of any battery type to date.
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Half of U.S. jobs may be lost to automation in 2 decades, report says

Half of U.S. jobs may be lost to automation in 2 decades, report says | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
A study from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology suggests that nearly half of U.S. jobs could be at risk of computerization over the next two decades.
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Luddites vs. Technology Round II. I wonder if we are in the middle of what historians will call second Industrial Revolution. If we are, it is likely to get pretty contentious very soon. 

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Facebook is working on 'deep learning' neural networks to learn even more ... - ExtremeTech

Facebook is working on 'deep learning' neural networks to learn even more ... - ExtremeTech | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it

This week, Facebook's chief technology officer said the company's newly formed AI team has its sights set on building neural networks to learn about your personality in a new and remarkably human way.


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When solar panels hit brick walls: what innovation theory tells us about the future of community energy

When solar panels hit brick walls: what innovation theory tells us about the future of community energy | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
This post is by Rebecca Willis, an independent researcher, adviser on environment and sustainability and Green Alliance associate. I don’t envy politicians trying to talk to constituents about clim...
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First Responders, You Can Buy That JetPack You’ve Always Wanted Next Year | TIME.com

First Responders, You Can Buy That JetPack You’ve Always Wanted Next Year | TIME.com | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
The world's "first practical jetpack" is expected to launch in 2014. (Le Jetpack annoncé pour 2014... http://t.co/mkaQjFF6jd Bon moyen pour alléger le trafic ?
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Africa's Catalytic Agricultural Innovations

Africa's Catalytic Agricultural Innovations | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series by the Financial Times’ This Is Africa publication on realizing Africa’s agricultural potential, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. The Skoll World Forum is a proud media partner for the...
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How I Hire: There Is No Lone Genius; Hire a Team With these Four Types

How I Hire: There Is No Lone Genius; Hire a Team With these Four Types | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
There’s something romantic about the idea of the lone genius. The early success of GE is often attributed solely to the inspiration and perspiration of Thomas Edison. But experience and
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Harvard University Announcement: No tuition and no student loans (updated)

Harvard University Announcement:  No tuition and no student loans (updated) | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
For another year, Harvard University announced on Friday, September 20th, 2013 that undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard's presid...
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Using The Power Of Brain Waves To Prevent Car And Plane Hijackings

Using The Power Of Brain Waves To Prevent Car And Plane Hijackings | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
One of the many promising developments with practical applications emerging from neuroscience is something called “brain wave biometrics.” Everyone’s brain produces a distinctive pattern of alpha-beta brain waves – something like a neural fingerprint. If we could record those brain wave patterns for a given person, we’d have a reliable way of identifying that person later on. That’s the idea behind a new technology from researchers in Japan that could eventually replace conventional security measures for preventing car and airplane hijackings. Right now, identity authentication relies on getting it right one time – a fingerprint or eye scan, for example, is a one-time-only way of authenticating someone’s identity. If that one-time-only measure fails or is fooled, the authentication system is worthless; the person doing the fooling is “in” and there’s nothing stopping them. But, if the authentication system continuously monitors the person’s identity instead of only checking it one time—then the game changes. That’s the edge brain wave biometrics offers. Lead research engineer Isao Nakanishi, of the Graduate School of Engineering at Tottori University, explained to me by email, “The purpose of my research is to achieve continuous or on-demand authentication for users – whether an automobile driver or a pilot. Conventional one-time-only authentication based on a fingerprint or an iris scan cannot detect spoofing (i.e., fooling the system). Continuous authentication can prevent such spoofing.” How this would work in real-time would go something like this: the owner of car would be scanned with an electroencephalogram (EEG), which would record his or her alpha-beta brain wave patterns. Those patterns would then be stored in the car’s biometric security system, and whenever someone attempts to drive the car, their brain waves would be compared to the stored patterns. If they don’t match, the car doesn’t start. But even if the person was somehow able to fool the initial test, they’d still ultimately fail because the security system would continuously check their brain waves for a correct match. The same idea can be applied to commercial airplanes. Pilots would have on file their distinctive brain wave patterns, and the plane’s security system would be calibrated for each flight to only match brain wave patterns for the assigned pilots. Throughout the flight, the system would continuously check the patterns to ensure they haven’t changed. If someone tried hijacking the flight, the security system would immediately identify the brain wave pattern change and block the hijacker from controlling the plane. Nakanishi said that sensors in the car or plane would be required to monitor brain waves and compare them against the stored patterns—a relatively basic technology by today’s standards. The technology could also eventually be used to prevent drunk driving incidents because alpha-beta waves are altered by alcohol. Nakanishi told me that his team will be focusing on that possibility in the next round of research. The study was published in the International Journal of Biometrics.
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Sustainia Announces Its Top 10 Sustainability Innovations for 2013 | Sustainable Brands

Sustainia Announces Its Top 10 Sustainability Innovations for 2013 | Sustainable Brands | Disruptive Innovation | Scoop.it
Intelligent streetlights that turn off when streets are empty; an electric city bus with a 250 km range; and a piece of paper that reduces food waste.
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