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The Strange, Secret History of Isaac Newton’s Papers !

The Strange, Secret History of Isaac Newton’s Papers ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

When Sir Isaac Newton died in 1727, he left behind no will and an enormous stack of papers. His surviving correspondences, notes, and manuscripts contain an estimated 10 million words, enough to fill up roughly 150 novel-length books. There are pages upon pages of scientific and mathematical brilliance. But there are also pages that reveal another side of Newton, a side his descendants tried to keep hidden from the public !

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One of the biggest gaps, is that there’s no original draft of the Principia [Newton’s treatise on classical mechanics]. If scholars could have one document, it would be a working draft of the Principia. How did Newton come to his discoveries? That’s what we want to know about any great thinker. That’s why we want to hear about this process of genius and creativity that we can see on this page. But he didn’t leave any working pages of the first edition of the Principia, just a clean copy that he sent to the printer when he was finished ...

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Y’all Need to Chill About Proxima Centauri b

Y’all Need to Chill About Proxima Centauri b | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
IN CASE YOU weren’t on Earth on Wednesday, here’s what you missed: Astronomers found a planet as close by as a planet could possibly be—in the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri. The planet, called Proxima Centauri b, orbits its star every 11.2 days. That puts it in the “habitable zone,” where liquid water could (could) exist on the surface. And its mass—around 1.3 times Earth’s—means it could (could) be rocky. Cue press-release proclamations like “New Earth-like Planet Found.”
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Proxima Centauri b’s nearby neighborhood heightens humans’ perception of its value, which is still questionable !
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Researchers used 3D printing to reconstruct the face of an Egyptian mummy

Researchers used 3D printing to reconstruct the face of an Egyptian mummy | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
“The idea of the project is to take this relic and, in a sense, bring her back to life by using all the new technology,” says Varsha Pilbrow, a biological anthropologist who teaches anatomy in the University of Melbourne’s department of anatomy and neuroscience. “This way she can become much more than a fascinating object to be put on display. Through her, students will be able to learn how to diagnose pathology marked on our anatomy, and learn how whole population groups can be affected by the environments in which they live.”
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Researchers have produced a reconstruction of the head of an 18- to 25-year-old woman who lived at least 2,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. They have named her Meritamun, which means beloved of the god Amun. Her face is only the start of the team’s work to answer questions about how she may have died, what diseases she had, when she lived, where she was from, and even what she ate ... 
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The Beautiful Yet Twisted History of Psychological Testing

The Beautiful Yet Twisted History of Psychological Testing | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Psychobook, a new book out this September, is a collection of the old, beautiful, and often bizarre psychological tests used throughout history.

The most significant changes to psychological tests have been in how doctors interpret what’s gleaned from patients. Mihura spent seven years conducting meta-analyses to better understand how the behavioral norms used to evaluate Rorschach test results should be updated for modern use !

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Remarkably, the Rorschach Test, perhaps the most famous diagnostic tool, also remains in use. Hermann Rorschach created 10 abstract inkblots in 1921, published them in a book, and died the following year. In a study published this summer, 53.6 percent of psychologists reported using them !
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Think Like Nature to Innovate ! 

Think Like Nature to Innovate !  | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
When it comes to pragmatically producing innovations, businesses and people tasked with a new product or service pipeline would do well to take notes from the chrysalis process. First, note the fragile eggs. If they are not on the right host, in the right environment, they die. These eggs include new incremental ideas, adjacent products or services, and breakthrough business ideas that change the landscape and create a new category and leadership position. At this stage, they all look the same, have a high mortality rate, and need care and support. They are nurtured by white boarding, customer co-creation workshops, and further discovery !
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Nature stores many business success lessons for those smart enough to see them. Companies that prove able to interpret and transfer creation’s learnings to its own culture prosper on an on-going basis.
Can you access your imaginal cells and defy your original nature? Can your business fly?
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Don’t Be a Hypocrite About Failure

Don’t Be a Hypocrite About Failure | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Own up to your shortcomings.

Given how necessary and valuable failure can be, you’d think I would have embraced it as a chance to learn. But, of course, I didn’t. Praising failure in the abstract is one thing. It’s very different when you are the failure. So I did what any coward would do. I erased all references to the event on the web. When people said, “Sorry I couldn’t make it, how’d it go?” I just told them Matt was awesome (which was true) to hide my anger and frustration ... 

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If you’re at least a little interested in human creativity and the invention process, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Fail fast to learn faster, failure is necessary to innovate, we must fail to succeed, blah blah blah. The truth is the large majority of us are failure hypocrites !
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Is it REALLY disruptive? It matters. – Innovation Excellence

Is it REALLY disruptive? It matters. – Innovation Excellence | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The next level of innovation is when new products open up new markets or new customers. Some authors describe this as radical and/or breakthrough, although there is still the occasional example where even this is not appropriate. Consider the expansion of existing products into new geography, is it really radical or breakthrough? Why does this matter? It’s because the actions a company takes depend very much on the nature of the opportunity or the threat. Imagine you’re on the receiving end of truly disruptive innovation, where the whole price/value structure of your business is likely to change. The response will be totally different to a situation where there’s a new entrant with a better performing product at a similar price ... 
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Disruptive innovation, as first coined by Clayton Christensen, describes a process that usually starts off when a smaller company with fewer resources challenges a larger incumbent with innovation, usually at a lower price, that is attractive to customers in overlooked segments. They then move up the value curve, capturing the bulk of the customers !
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Cet avion-train pourrait révolutionner le monde du transport.

L'école polytechnique de Lausanne a créé un concept hybride entre l'avion et le train qui pourrait révolutionner les transports.

Clip-Air est un appareil modulaire et composé de 4 éléments. Trois silos pouvant contenir du fret, du fuel, ou des passagers. La quatrième partie c’est ce qui compose l’avion avec un cockpit, les moteurs, et ce qui lui permet d’accrocher les cabines (ou silos). Cette conception permettrait à l’avion de se défaire des cabines rapidement et d’en intégrer d’autres rapidement. Cette rotation rapide pourrait libérer très rapidement les aéroports qui accueilleraient ainsi plus de vols. Dans l’idée, les silos peuvent chacun contenir jusqu’à 30 tonnes de matériel, ou 450 passagers.

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Imaginez, vous atterrissez à l’aéroport de Lyon ou de Paris, et sans avoir à sortir de l’appareil vous arrivez jusqu’à la gare. C’est le concept imaginé par l’école polytechnique de Lausanne qui propose un engin hybride entre le train et l’avion : Clip-Air.
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Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That’s Also the Future of Robotics !

Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That’s Also the Future of Robotics ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
With a new software development kit that even the greenest coder can use, this smart toy could help seed a new generation of intelligent robots.
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Toys Are Smart Nate Koenig, chief technology officer of the Open Source Robotics Foundation and a longtime robotics researcher, says Cozmo deserves some skepticism. “How expressive is it? Does it really respond to humans?” he says. “Any robot that you can program to have even some basic level of emotional contact with a person is a great research tool,” he says.
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The 3 Big Technologies for the Next Decade: Genomics, Nanotech, Robotics

The 3 Big Technologies for the Next Decade: Genomics, Nanotech, Robotics | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Technology does not produce progress by itself, we need to find important problems for it to solve and then must change how we work in order to take advantage of it. So while smartphone apps are cool and add convenience to our lives, the real impact of digital technology lies in front of us, when second order technologies are applied to completely new problems ... 

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In The Singularity Is Near, computer scientist and inventor Ray Kurzweil explained that the endpoint of digital technology isn’t better devices and apps, but new technologies such as genomics, nanotechnology and robotics. Today, these are just beginning to have an impact, but over the next decade they will determine whether Gordon is right or not !
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Away With the Innovation Funnel Process !

Away With the Innovation Funnel Process ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
There is a wide range of definitions for the terms “Creativity” and “Innovation”. The one I use the most has two elements to it. From a domain perspective, Innovation is an organizational function, while Creativity is an individual function. From a process perspective, Innovation is a Creative idea that got implemented. The implementation of a creative idea generated by an employe
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However, care must be taken when considering this a perfect Darwinian process in which only the truly viable ideas are launched, and the bad ones are caught before major investments are made. Rosenfeld and Servo wrote the chapter “Facilitating innovation in large organizations” in the 1990 book “Innovation and Creativity at work”, in which they claimed that in large organizations good ideas can be dropped in the organization in many places, and they emphasized the role of champions and sponsors (with high status and track record) in driving creative ideas through the innovation funnel and not letting them drop for illegitimate reasons.
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5 secrets for writing the perfect data scientist resume

5 secrets for writing the perfect data scientist resume | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Data scientists are in demand like never before, but nonetheless, getting a job as a data scientist requires a resume that shows off your skills. At The Data Incubator, we’ve received tens of thousands of resumes from applicants for our free Data Science Fellowship. While we work hard to read between the lines to find great candidates who happen to have lackluster CVs, many recruiters may not be as diligent. Based on our experience, here’s the advice we give to our Fellows about how to craft the perfect resume to get hired as a data scientist.

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No hype. No fluff. Just skills !
- Be brief 
- Avoid weasel words 
- Use metrics 
- Cite specific technologies in context 
- Talk about the data size



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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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Learning to forget the past – Innovation Excellence

Learning to forget the past – Innovation Excellence | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The importance of forgetting This challenge has been discussed many times before, but Tuck’s Vijaj Govindarajan has taken a unique approach to tackling it. In his three-box solution he has given pride of place to the importance of forgetting our past alongside efficiently earning money in the present and innovating the future.
This is important, because many attempts to innovate are shackled by the ‘way we do things’, with these chains bigger and stronger the more established that business is. Without overcoming this dominant logic however, it’s going to be difficult to craft a new way of thinking and behaving.
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Three distinct traps that undermine our ability to mold a new future for us and our organizations: 

1) The complacency trap, whereby we are lulled into thinking that the good profits of our cash cow will continue indefinitely 
2) The competency trap, whereby we are lulled into putting all of our eggs into the profit generating side of the business, ignorant of the fact it will inevitably not last forever 
3) The cannibalization trap, whereby we are prevented from investing in innovation for fear that doing so might cannibalize our cash cow 

Whilst these are to a large extent natural thoughts to have, it’s equally fair to say that the challenge is larger in some organizations than others.
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The Dysfunctional Innovation Ecosystem !

The Dysfunctional Innovation Ecosystem ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
We naturally think an ecosystem should be positive or encouraging toward their end goal and naturally evolve to support their stated purpose. However, innovation tends to be different. If left unchecked or allowed to evolve on its own, innovation within an organization tends to become an innovation prevention program instead of a positive ecosystem to encourage or nurture innovation. Without proper guidance organizations naturally tend to evolve an innovation immune system with its own (often unstated) goals, logic, and objectives.
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The #innovation immune system is often populated with innovation sponges throughout the organization. These innovation sponges slowly soak up innovative activities. This often sends a message to your inventors – “the deck is stacked against you”.
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Innovate like a startup or like big business? 

Innovate like a startup or like big business?  | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Startups are king when it comes to innovation. Indeed, established companies often strive to behave more like startups. But in reality, it is quite challenging. Startups, on the other hand, wish they had access to resources, particularly capital. So, there’s something to be said for the large corporation: It has experience, distribution channels, and access to cash. Each wants what the other has.
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The 4 stages of Collective Disruption - 
earn what Collective Disruption is and the 4-stage framework for applying it: Discover, Define, Incubate, and Integrate ! 
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Flight Mode: The Quest to Make Flying Safer, Faster, and Comfier

Flight Mode: The Quest to Make Flying Safer, Faster, and Comfier | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
YOU PROBABLY THINK aviation is getting worse. 
Planes are more crowded, extra fees more nefarious, the glamor of the jet age left behind like a contrail. But flying is in fact safer, faster, cheaper, and fancier (for those with cash) than ever. To get a look at how the industry’s pushing forward, we ventured beyond the locked doors of the airport. We saw how pilots train for disaster and avoid the turbulence that spills your coffee. We stood next to a jet engine enduring tests in a concrete bunker and landed a plane on one engine (sorta!). We put a GoPro on a bag, threw it onto the conveyer belt, and watched what happened after it disappeared into the darkness.
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To get a look at how the industry's pushing forward, we ventured beyond the locked doors of the airport.
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Why Your Innovation Team Needs a Lawyer

Why Your Innovation Team Needs a Lawyer | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

They can make sure new ideas pass muster from the start.

t’s probably happened to you. A team initiates a new big idea. Perhaps it’s to make communication easier for everyone in your global organization. Or maybe it’s to take your corporate profile into the stratosphere. Whatever the goal, by the time the idea is ready to launch, the team is exhausted but thrilled to finally reap the rewards of all their hard work. Then the lawyers step in, ask questions, and kill the project — or reduce it to a shadow of its potential.

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Involve legal from the beginning. Ironically, not including lawyers in the collaborative process perpetuates the idea that they smother innovation. It’s not unusual for legal to be asked for counsel only after a plan is solidified — and at that point any objection is automatically deemed an idea killer, with disappointed team members throwing their hands in the air in defeat.
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Why engineers make great IT leaders

Why engineers make great IT leaders | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

If you're looking to cultivate new IT leadership, consider promoting from the ranks of your engineers and developers.

Having an engineer or developer in a leadership role can also help attract talent to your organization. If rockstar talent sees that your business values their unique talents and skillsets and actively promotes those team members, it's a great sign that they'd thrive in that environment !

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Hiring acumen A stellar engineer or developer is also going to know how to attract and hire other elite talent, because they know from personal experience what to look for and what skills and knowledge are needed to succeed in an available role, Gadea says. IT leaders with an engineering and development background know, too, how to motivate other engineers.
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This is what coachmen from the 1920s can tell us about robots and jobs

This is what coachmen from the 1920s can tell us about robots and jobs | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Workers' anxiety today about robots taking their jobs is not that different from the fear of coachmen as cars took over the roads.
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o many workers, the words “digital technologies” may evoke one simple, dismaying image: a human-like robot sitting at their desk, doing the work that they used to do! This anxiety is not different from the fear of coachmen witnessing the diffusion of cars in the 1920s
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Lessons from Lego: Low risk innovation tools for everyone!

Lessons from Lego: Low risk innovation tools for everyone! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Evan Shellshear's new book focuses on successful techniques to innovate cheaply and effectively — and answers questions regarding how strategies used by leaders like LEGO are able to turn companies around from looming bankruptcy to industry leading success.
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The point of low risk innovation tools is that one can use them to test ideas in any setting and with any budget. Whether you are a cash strapped startup or a Forbes 500 firm, sustainable innovation can be your ticket to success.
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R vs Python for Data Science: The Winner is …

R vs Python for Data Science: The Winner is … | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
At DataCamp, our students often ask us whether they should use R and/or Python for their day-to-day data analysis tasks. Although we mainly offer interactive R tutorials, we always answer that this choice depends on the type of data analytical challenge that they are facing. Both Python and R are popular programming languages for statistics. While R’s functionality is developed with statisticians in mind (think of R's strong data visualization capabilities!), Python is often praised for its easy-to-understand syntax. In this post, we will highlight some of the differences between R and Python, and how they both have a place in the data science and statistics world ... 
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In the battle of "best" data science tools, python and R both have their pros and cons. Selecting one over the other will depend on the use-cases, the cost of learning, and other common tools required !
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How the internet of things is revolutionizing retail

How the internet of things is revolutionizing retail | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The world of retail may never be the same, thanks to the internet of things (IoT) and its network of connections linking the physical and digital worlds in an ecosystem of computers, smartphones, stores, vehicles, wearables and more.
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IoT challenges for retailers — and the future journey In business overall, the biggest challenge with the Internet of Things is the rapid evolution of the scope and variety of the technologies that can be used in connected ecosystems ! 
"The true transformation will come when you look outside the four walls of a retail store,”
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Good Manners and Innovation !

Good Manners and Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Brainstorming sessions can easily devolve into a contest of strong egos or a parade of old, tired ideas and their accompanying resentments. Worse, meetings around ideation or innovation sour when there is lack of good manners.
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Discipline is the handmaiden to creativity. You have to give the creative process a framework, basic parameters, to harness its value. Setting the house rules gives you the power to make something outside of pre-programmed egos in the room, something that may make you a market leader. 

So, how do you manage this oh-so-human-tendency to dominate with the timeless cornerstone of civilization, good manners?
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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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