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Why Big Data Matters !

Why Big Data Matters ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Big data means much more than a change in technology, it represents a structural transformation is how we will manage our enterprises. Terabytes, Petabytes, Exabytes.  Who can keep track? These strange terms have just begun to enter the business lexicon, but the hype surrounding them has reached a fever pitch.  We have undoubtedly entered the age of big data. Yet it’s hard for many to take it seriously.  While the blogosphere buzzes and millennials preach, most serious business people are focused on their jobs.  They have partners, customers and employees to keep happy and all the techy mumbo jumbo just doesn’t seem relevant !

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Remember, what you really need to know about big data is this:  It represents a fundamental shift in how we do things. In effect, big data opens the door to a Bayesian approach to strategy where we no longer try to be “right” based on controlled research and small samples, but rather become less wrong over time as real world information floods in ...

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Want to Learn to Code? Google Says You Should Play With Blocks

Want to Learn to Code? Google Says You Should Play With Blocks | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

With a new initiative called Project Bloks, a team of Google researchers is trying to make coding a hands-on experience---literally.

Toys, Evolved Project Bloks builds on decades of tangible computing research, from MIT researcher Seymour Papert‘s work to help kids program robotic turtles in the 1960s and 70s, to the programmable AlgoBlocks in the 1990s to Tuft University’s Tern project. More recently, a plethora of new tangible computing platforms have arrived, such as LittleBits, Kibo and Osmo.




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PROGRAMMING CAN BE a lonely, abstract, and ultimately frustrating activity. Even when building the simplest of applications, you can spend hours—indeed days—in front of a computer, coding in some arcane programming language and then running the code and then debugging it and then running it again. Ad infinitum.
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People Want Self-Driving Cars That Save Lives. Especially Theirs

People Want Self-Driving Cars That Save Lives. Especially Theirs | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

A new study in Science finds people want self-driving cars that serve the greater good—until they're the passenger. 

The coming age of autonomous vehicles threatens to move that problem from the textbook to the street. Say you’re driving up narrow mountain pass when you spot a group of kids standing right in front of you

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WOULD YOU BUY a driverless car that is programmed to kill you? Of course not. Ok, how about a car programmed to kill you if it’s the only way to avoid plowing into a crowd of dozens?
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Deep Learning Isn’t a Dangerous Magic Genie. It’s Just Math

Deep Learning Isn’t a Dangerous Magic Genie. It’s Just Math | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Pundits often describe deep learning as an imitation of the human brain. But it's really just simple math executed on an enormous scale.

The Space of Possibilities Evolution is often cited as an example of the unbridled power of learning to produce remarkable results, but it is essential to understand the distinction between the evolutionary process of natural selection and its simulation in a computer program. Programs that attempt to simulate evolutionary processes in a computer are called genetic algorithms, and have not been particularly successful !

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Helping Humans ! 
We can see that that a learning program’s abilities are strictly curtailed by this architecture. Specifically: The program cannot modify any of the components of the architecture. The program cannot modify itself. The program cannot “learn” a function outside of its hypothesis space ... 
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Three Lessons in Leading Innovation from the LSI !

Three Lessons in Leading Innovation from the LSI ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Three lessons from the LSI for those leading innovation and change within organisations. 

For those that are not aware of LSI, the life styles inventory is a tool designed to promote constructive change – with the feedback helping individuals more clearly understand what is currently supporting and hindering their personal effectiveness, with guidance to developing more constructive styles of thinking and behaving !

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The three key takeaways and recommendations for those leading innovation and change within your organisation are: 
 1. Develop constructive leaders and teams, then innovation (or any objective really) can thrive – create a safe environment for trying new things. 
 2. The power of the group outperforms individuals (most of the time) – innovation is a team sport. 
 3. Find where your organisation spends its energy and help to redirect it towards the blue behaviours – clear the path for your innovator’s.
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This is the future of your personal digital assistant

This is the future of your personal digital assistant | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Robots need to be good company if we are to have them in our lives, so tech companies are creating AI systems that will "get to know you".
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Of course, robots need to be good company if we are to have them in our lives, sharing our homes and workplaces, having them do things for us. And this requirement applies to all robots, not just the walking, talking ones, but also the artificial intelligence (AI) embedded in larger systems or on the web !
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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

New instructions, transactions, virtualization features and more

ntel today officially pulls the wraps off its mildly delayed Xeon E5 v4 server processors. These chips follow up 2014’s Xeon E5 v3 parts, which used a 22nm process size and the Haswell micro-architecture. Intel shrunk Haswell to 14nm, and after some tinkering, codenamed the resulting design Broadwell. Server and workstation processors using the Broadwell blueprints have been kicking around since early 2015. Now it’s time for the Broadwell-EP Xeon E5 v4s – aimed at scale-out servers – to see the light of day !

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Better use of power when running a mix of math Intel’s vector math crunching instructions AVX tend to make a processor draw more power, so the chip reduces its clock frequency to prevent itself from frying in its socket. Previously, when an Intel processor core started running AVX code, all the cores in the package would be pulled down in frequency. On Broadwell, cores not running AVX code are not slowed down, allowing them to independently run as normal. This means a chip can run a mixed workload of AVX and non-AVX software without paying a penalty.

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24 Simple Approaches to Generate New Ideas in the Workplace !

24 Simple Approaches to Generate New Ideas in the Workplace ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
This article emphasizes that all of us have the creative potential and looks at different practical ways we can use for generating new ideas in our workplaces and during team meetings and being creative for problem-solving.
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What is creativity? 
Then… Creativity is a random act of awareness, which pops out of nowhere and usually and always turns a raw or an unrefined thing into something beautiful, real and of great value. 
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Bruges Built an Underground Beer Pipeline to Improve Traffic

Bruges Built an Underground Beer Pipeline to Improve Traffic | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

A challenging task in a city that's designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. HISTORICALLY, THE IDEA of a beer pipeline has been confined to college dorm rooms in the early hours of the morning, a nonsense solution for a lack of booze that’s not actually a problem. 

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To satisfy food safety authorities, avoid accidentally poisoning customers, and keep its beer delicious, De Halve Maan used high-density polyethlyene, a hardy and food-grade plastic. A series of bundled pipes, about a foot in total diameter, can transport up to 1,060 gallons of beer an hour between the center city brewery and its bottling plant.
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Microsoft and Facebook join forces to lay giant internet cable across the Atlantic

Microsoft and Facebook join forces to lay giant internet cable across the Atlantic | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Facebook may be hard at work creating the future of internet connectivity with its high-altitude drones and lasers, but sometimes nothing beats laying a gigant
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The plan is to lay a massive cable across the Atlantic Ocean, stretching a distance of over 4,100 miles between Virginia Beach, Virginia and Bilbao, Spain. The new cable, dubbed “Marea,” will be the highest-capacity submarine cable in the Atlantic, boasting speeds of 160 Tbps.
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Google’s Got Better Ways to Protect Pedestrians Than Glue-Covered Cars

Google’s Got Better Ways to Protect Pedestrians Than Glue-Covered Cars | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Google engineers believe coating the front of a car with adhesive could improve road safety, but it's not the best way to tackle the problem. Google engineers believe coating the front of a car with adhesive could prevent someone from bouncing onto the windshield, sliding under the wheels, or flying into the air and landing in the road.

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It is hard to see anyone covering cars in glue, and Google advises against seeing “prospective product announcements” in a patent. But it’s worth noting this idea is not entirely ridiculous. The only thing worse than being hit by a car is bouncing off the car into something else, like the ground. Google wants to minimize the odds of that !
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The 9 Rules of Innovation !

The 9 Rules of Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
So who deserves credit? Engelbart for coming up with the idea? Taylor and Kay for engineering solutions around it? Jobs for creating a marketable product that made an impact on the world? Strong arguments can be made for each, as well as for many others not mentioned here. The truth is that there are many paths to innovation. Here are nine of them.
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On December 9th, 1968, a research project funded by the US Department of Defense launched a revolution. The focus was not a Cold War adversary or even a resource rich banana republic, but rather to “augment human intellect” and the man driving it was not a general, but a mild-mannered engineer named Douglas Engelbart. His presentation that day would be so consequential that it is now called The Mother of All Demos. Two of those in attendance, Bob Taylor and Alan Kay would go on to develop Engelbart’s ideas into the Alto, the first truly personal computer. Later, Steve Jobs would take many elements of the Alto to create the Macintosh ... 
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Should you hire for bimodal IT?

Should you hire for bimodal IT? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Since Gartner coined the term of bimodal IT, plenty of CIOs have jumped on the bandwagon and separated their IT departments into two camps. But a recent report from Forrester suggests that bimodal IT only complicates things, and the real success lies in business technology units.
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Modern IT departments are struggling to balance needing to innovate while also maintaining legacy systems to keep the business running smoothly. As a result, one popular answer, as proposed by Gartner, has been to shift to bimodal IT. The idea is that bimodal IT separates the department into two camps, one that focuses on a more traditional side of IT and another that invests in fast paced innovation ! 
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A retired Navy SEAL commander’s 12 rules for being an effective leader

A retired Navy SEAL commander’s 12 rules for being an effective leader | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

#Leadership requires finding the equilibrium in the #dichotomy of many seemingly contradictory qualities between one extreme and another.

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By being aware of these seeming contradictions, a leader can "more easily balance the opposing forces and lead with maximum effectiveness."
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Brexit Is a Red Alert for the Environment

Brexit Is a Red Alert for the Environment | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

One major EU policy—its vast subsidy regime for farmers – has not been good for wildlife by encouraging damaging intensive agriculture: there are 421 million fewer birds in Europe than 30 years ago. But the Common Agricultural Policy was improving its approach to the environment and supports the farmers who put food on our tables every day. They are now in an agonising limbo. Fisherman may hope to get larger quotas now the UK is leaving the EU but for how long? There will not, without strong protections, be plenty more fish in the sea for long.

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From the ‘red-tape’ slashing desires of the Brexiters to the judgment of green professionals, all indications are for weaker environmental protections!
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NASA’s New X-57 Electric Plane Looks Goofy But Packs Some Sweet Tech

NASA’s New X-57 Electric Plane Looks Goofy But Packs Some Sweet Tech | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The X-57's version of shifting into high gear is shutting off its 12 small engines and letting their propellers fold back to become flush with the wing.

Efficiency is also why the X-57’s main engines are on the wing tips. When flying, vortices form at the tips of a plane’s wings. These create drag. “Our wingtip motors are designed to recover and take advantage of those vortices,” says Clarke.

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AIRCRAFT ARE KNOWN for two things: noise and pollution. (You know, besides flying.) Planes get to where they’re going by burning copious amounts of fuel—so much that aviation emissions are one of the biggest contributors to climate change. So for that, and many other reasons, NASA is building an all-electric test plane.
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Real Time Credit Card Fraud Detection with Apache Spark and Event Streaming 

Real Time Credit Card Fraud Detection with Apache Spark and Event Streaming  | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Building the Model Classification Classification is a family of supervised machine learning algorithms that identify which category an item belongs to (for example whether a transaction is fraud or not fraud), based on labeled examples of known items (for example transactions known to be fraud or not). Classification takes a set of data with known labels and pre-determined features and learns how to label new records based on that information. Features are the “if questions” that you ask. 


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There are 2 phases to Real Time Fraud detection. The first phase involves analysis and forensics on historical data to build the machine learning model which can be used in production to make predictions on live events !
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Where to Look for the Next Big Thing

Where to Look for the Next Big Thing | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Usually tales of great discovery begin with a flash of inspiration, like when Watson and Crick first imagined a double helix and then quickly realized that they had discovered the structure of DNA; or an accident, like when Alexander Fleming contaminated his bacteria culture and stumbled onto penicillin.
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Anatomy of a Breakthrough - Voltaire is said to have insisted, “If you wish to converse with me, define your terms” and I think that’s especially important when it comes to innovation. 
The term has become so loaded that it’s hard to discuss it without first designating exactly what you mean.
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How to Adopt the Innovative Mindset

How to Adopt the Innovative Mindset | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Innovation is an iterative process. You can create a detailed plan for how to innovate, but these strategies rarely survive their first contact with the market. “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face,” said boxer Mike Tyson. Success comes when you learn to adapt. It is more important to have the right people and mindsets in place than to have a perfectly crafted plan.
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The right people are more important than the right skills. Innovation is a human-driven activity. The skill sets to successfully innovate can be taught, developed, acquired and hired, but the right people will make all the difference. Companies looking to innovate should bring people into the process who are open-minded, passionate, adaptable and not afraid to take risks.
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Sorry, It’s Time to Start Counting Gigabytes at Home, Too !

Sorry, It’s Time to Start Counting Gigabytes at Home, Too ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

YOUR HOME INTERNET will soon work a lot more like your phone’s data plan, if it doesn’t already. AT&T, the second-largest broadband Internet provider in the US, is imposing “data allowances” on its customers. U-Verse customers now face limits between 300GB to 1TB depending on the their existing plans, AT&T said. This should be enough for 100 to 400 hours of high-definition video streaming per month, the company estimates ... 

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The Federal Communications Commission is already considering whether zero rating and data caps are anti-competitive. The agency’s net neutrality rules don’t ban either practice but do grant the FCC the right to make case-by-case decisions !
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3 ways to build trust in your business

3 ways to build trust in your business | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
I don’t think any CEO (or, for that matter, any layperson) would disagree with me if I said that being trusted is a powerful asset for a business. It makes sense that if you are in business, you would want your customers, employees, shareholders, the regulators, the man on the street and media to trust you, rather than the other way around.
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Can you measure trust? Over the past few years, PwC has conducted research, run focus groups and talked to both leading experts as well as the everyday person on the topic of trust. Our question was: what makes up trust in a business – and can it be quantified? We found that trust could indeed be measured. For many people, trust could be boiled down to three key elements !
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Trust is a powerful asset for a business and it relies on people relationships quality !
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Security at the Speed of Digital Business - Smarter With Gartner

Security at the Speed of Digital Business - Smarter With Gartner | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

IT risk and information security leaders must assess and transform their programs to become digital business enablers rather than obstacles to innovation. To enable a comprehensive, adaptive security protection architecture, we believe that these 12 specific capabilities are necessary to augment the ability to block and prevent attacks, as well as detect and respond to attacks !

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Protecting information alone isn’t enough, and ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of that information isn’t enough ... 
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Calling an Uber Is Cooler Than Owning a Car—And Automakers Want In

Calling an Uber Is Cooler Than Owning a Car—And Automakers Want In | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Today both Toyota and VW said they were pouring money into ride-hailing startups as Silicon Valley redefines the future of getting around. Clearly automakers have Silicon Valley envy. Startups are transforming the way people move around cities. In order to stay relevant, car companies are trying to show they understand that on-demand services have changed consumer behavior.

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PEOPLE DON’T WANT cars, they want rides. That’s the existential fear plaguing automakers today. And they’re scrambling to do something about it. 
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Reimagining the Workday

Reimagining the Workday | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
As workplaces continue to innovate, technology should knock down the obstacles between us and our work, increasing our willingness and ability to work and accomplish great things. Follow these four strategies to make better use of technology and bring your office into the future.
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We often talk about remote workers and home offices like they are the exception rather than the rule. While working from home is not for everyone, working from everywhere soon will be. As technology and processes continue to innovate, the differences between working in the office, a coffeehouse, or your own backyard will fade away. People won’t have to work remotely if they don’t want to, but the office is already becoming just one of many locations where work occurs.
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JavaScript Conquered the Web. Now It’s Taking Over the Desktop !

JavaScript Conquered the Web. Now It’s Taking Over the Desktop ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

JAVASCRIPT WAS ORIGINALLY created in 1995 to give web pages a little more pep than the tag could provide. Today it has far more powerful uses. Companies like Google and Facebook build complex, desktop-like web applications with JavaScript; since the launch of Node.js in 2009, it’s also become one of the most popular languages for building server-side software. Today, even the web isn’t big enough to contain JavaScript’s versatility: it’s now making its way into applications for the desktop.

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JavaScript, the lingua franca of the online world, is moving beyond your browser - Electron is a software development platform created by Github that lets developers use JavaScript along with other web technologies like HTML and CSS to create desktop applications that can run on Windows, Macintosh OS X, and Linux. The company released the first full version of Electron yesterday. But some of tech’s biggest names have already put the tool to work to push JavaScript beyond the browser ... 
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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Lateral Career Moves for Professional Growth

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Lateral Career Moves for Professional Growth | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

When asked why they would be willing to make a lateral career move, the most common answers were to find greater personal satisfaction (57%), to pursue an entirely new career path (41%), and to take up a professional challenge (40%). Instead of racing up the corporate ladder to get the title of “Vice President” in a job they don’t find fulfilling, today’s workers are willing to sacrifice the time they’ve spent in their current position and completely start over to find something new that they hope will make them happy ... 


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One of the survey’s most surprising findings is how willing people are to make lateral career moves into positions with similar titles and pay grades in different departments. We found that 89% of respondents said they would consider making a lateral career move with no financial incentive, for multiple reasons. There wasn’t that much difference between generations, either — 81% of Baby Boomers and 91% of Gen Xers felt this way !
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