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Do you want an Innovative Realtor (or barber or mechanic)? I don’t! But, I’m grateful some people do!

Do you want an Innovative Realtor (or barber or mechanic)? I don’t! But, I’m grateful some people do! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Do you want an innovative realtor (or barber or mechanic)? I don't! But, I'm grateful some people do! As almost every company selling any type of product or service today seems to be using the word innovative, I'd like to quote Inigo Montoya (Princess Bride): Let’s step back for a minute and think about what an innovative service provider (or product) does. By definition, they do things differently. They try new things. They approach the problem differently. They take risks. They experiment. Let’s think now about the application of these traits to a realtor trying to list high-end houses in a generally risk-adverse population (suburban, professional families). I’d suggest that almost none of those prospective customers want to talk to someone who is trying something different or risky. My hypothesis is that they’d actually prefer someone who is sophisticated, not innovative ...

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As almost every company selling any type of product or service today seems to be using the word innovative, I’d like to quote Inigo Montoya (Princess Bride): “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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This Tricky Crosswalk Stops Drivers With an Optical Illusion

This Tricky Crosswalk Stops Drivers With an Optical Illusion | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

THE WORLD’S MOST famous crosswalk is the six white stripes painted onto the asphalt of Abbey Road in London. The notoriety, of course, has nothing to do with its design and everything to do with four blokes who once crossed it. It looks like every other zebra crossing ever painted, which is to say simple, flat, and hardly eye catching. From the side, the markings appear to be flat, but from a certain vantage point, they take on a 3-D appearance like a set of roadblocks ... 

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No one’s really improved the zebra crossing since the first one went down in 1951, despite its questionable effectiveness. But two artists from Gujarat, India, created a design they believe will make crossing the street safer !
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Beware of the ‘Hypenated’ Innovation Trend !

Beware of the ‘Hypenated’ Innovation Trend ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

It’s almost inevitable that innovation will grow to become an amorphous blob of ideas, techniques, processes, “experts”, software and a host of other things. It’s the natural order of economics that when an opportunity is available, everything rushes in to fill the vacuum, and as the market becomes crowded various offerings must differentiate themselves from the others to demonstrate value.

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Can you resist the temptation to hype your innovation solution? Unfortunately, we can expect to see much more of this - the unintentional obfuscation of innovation ... 
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How Automation and Artificial Intelligence Work Together to Spur Innovation !

How Automation and Artificial Intelligence Work Together to Spur Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
AI is already excellent at problem-solving — when it comes to finding patterns, it can usually solve a problem much faster than its human counterpart. For the most part, though, AI still very limited in scope, and the dreams of a general intelligence are still far off. To some, AI being able to execute nearly any task that humans can perform today may sound like a worst-case scenario. But, in actuality, this future will bring about a new era of creativity and innovation. While AI may be able to execute the majority of logic-based tasks, it’s still incapable of creative thinking — and that shows no signs of changing in the near future. 
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According to the experts, 2016 may finally be the year that artificial intelligence comes into its own. Here is how AI stands to aid us in the future ... 
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Risk and Reward of Innovation

Risk and Reward of Innovation | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The concept of risk often carries an inherent bias for an established company and for valid reasons.Risk can disrupt a healthy revenue stream, a stable customer base, and upset shareholders who like predictable results. Risk is something you manage. It’s something that you mitigate, not embrace. It’s this mentality that causes companies to invest millions of dollars each year just to avoid risk.
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There is no such thing as “risk-free” innovation. Without taking some much needed risk, we’d be forever stunted and static rather than curious and dynamic. In today’s market where innovation is driving success in every industry, there really isn’t much tolerance for risk averse cultures...
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Innovation and Introduction to TRIZ Theory for New Product Development Process ... 

Innovation and Introduction to TRIZ Theory for New Product Development Process ...  | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The TRIZ approach and best practices such as the Stage-Gate Process can greatly benefit each other. These approaches are not rivals, but rather can be used to amplify each other’s successes. 


What is TRIZ? All sorts of projects reach a point in the development process where the analysis portion of the project is complete, but it is unclear what the next step should be. To figure out the next best step, the project team must be creative to figure out what to do. Traditionally, common creativity tools and methodology have been constrained to brainstorming and similar methods, which are dependent on team members’ intuition, knowledge, and orders given by somebody in a position of authority. These common creativity tools and methods are often described as psychologically based; and unfortunately, they often have unpredictable and unrepeatable results. And that’s where TRIZ should come in… 

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While modern industry has developed its own best practices for the new product development process, such as the popular Stage-Gate Process, it would be naïve and counter-productive to not try to introduce a new arsenal of tools such as the TRIZ approach to tackle difficult inventive problems. If properly used, the TRIZ approach and best practices such as the Stage-Gate Process can greatly benefit each other. These approaches are not rivals, but rather can be used to amplify each other’s successes.
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Google Self Driving Bicycle - The Inspiration Room

Google Self Driving Bicycle - The Inspiration Room | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Google is introducing the Google Self Driving Bicycle in Amsterdam, the world’s premier cycling city. The Dutch cycle more than any other nation in the world, almost 900 kilometres per year per person, amounting to over 15 billion kilometres annually. The self-driving bicycle enables safe navigation through the city for Amsterdam residents, and furthers Google’s ambition to improve urban mobility with technology. Google Netherlands takes enormous pride in the fact that a Dutch team worked on this innovation that will have great impact in their home country !

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After #Cars ... it's time for #SelfDriving #bicycle ! Too smart ;()  #innovation #breakthrough #safety
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Volvo's Planning to Put 100 Chinese Customers in Self-Driving Cars ... 

Volvo's Planning to Put 100 Chinese Customers in Self-Driving Cars ...  | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Volvo plans to put 100 Chinese customers into its self-driving cars for a longterm beta test. The Swedes synonymous with safety want to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries in their cars by the end of the decade. Because airbags, automatic braking and other active tech can only do so much, Volvo plans to use automated driving to do it. Next year, it plans to see how that tech works in the real world when it puts 100 customers in robocars for an extended beta test in Gothenburg, Sweden. Today, the company announced it will do the same thing in China ... 

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NO ONE’S QUITE sure on just when people will be able to summon a self-driving car and go wherever they need to go. Too many variables—how the technology advances, how regulations are developed, what consumer acceptance looks like—remain for anyone to say, but that’s not keeping Volvo from offering a date: 2020 !
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Great Innovators Create the Future, Manage the Present, and Selectively Forget the Past

Great Innovators Create the Future, Manage the Present, and Selectively Forget the Past | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
What’s missing from the managerial toolkit is a way for managers to allocate their—and their organization’s—time and attention and resources on a day-to-day basis across the competing demands of managing today’s requirements and tomorrow’s possibilities. But as anyone who has ever tried to lead innovation knows, the challenge goes beyond being ambidextrous enough to manage today’s business while creating tomorrow’s. There is a third, and even more intractable, problem: letting go of yesterday’s values and beliefs that keep the company stuck in the past.
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Sort your initiatives into three boxes.!
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Michel CEZON's curator insight, April 3, 2:28 PM
You’re always managing the present, destroying the past, and building the future. At times, you will have to focus on one box more than the others, but if you attend to all three boxes with your teams and others in your organization, you will find that you’re creating the future over time, every single day.
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Sort your initiatives into three boxes.!
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Running an Ideation Program

The Do’s and Don’ts of Running an Ideation Program | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
One of the first misses in an employe ideation system is not tracking ideas in the first place. There are a few reasons that this is important. First, building the organizational skill to effectively manage employee ideas takes time. It’s rare that a program to become an overnight success. For that reason, leveraging a maturity model for idea management is a good way to understand progress. But yo
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Do – Recognize (the right) Ideas Research has shown that financial incentives don’t have an impact on the success of an employee idea program. In fact, it’s recognition that plays a more crucial role in the success of an ideation program
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Advanced driver-assistance systems: Challenges and opportunities ahead !

Advanced driver-assistance systems: Challenges and opportunities ahead ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

mand for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS)—those that help with monitoring, warning, braking, and steering tasks—is expected to increase over the next decade, fueled largely by regulatory and consumer interest in safety applications that protect drivers and reduce accidents. For instance, both the European Union and the United States are mandating that all vehicles be equipped with autonomous emergency-braking systems and forward-collision warning systems by 2020. A recent McKinsey survey also suggests that car buyers are becoming even more interested in ADAS applications that promote comfort and economy, such as those that assist with parking or monitoring blind spots. Semiconductor companies can help take ADAS applications to a new level provided that they are ready to embrace change !

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Vehicles 'increasingly vulnerable' to hacking, FBI warns

Vehicles 'increasingly vulnerable' to hacking, FBI warns | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The FBI and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned on Thursday that the rising use of computers in vehicles poses increasing risks of cyberattacks. The warning comes eight months after a high-profile demonstration published by Wired showed how a Jeep Cherokee could be remotely controlled over the Internet. Fiat Chrysler later recalled 1.4 million vulnerable vehicles. Manufacturers see great promise in designing vehicles with advanced networking capabilities for everything from entertainment to fleet management ...

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Software vulnerabilities in networked vehicle systems could create new risks ! 
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Creative Exercises Designed for Left/Right Brain Types !

Creative Exercises Designed for Left/Right Brain Types ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Welcome back to this series of articles on how you can consistently create 12 X more ideas than brainstorming. This process works for any need where ideas are required to satisfy that need. In previous articles I’ve addressed two of the four elements of Quantum Idea Generation – a process proven in two Oklahoma State University studies to deliver 12 X more ideas than brainstorming. Those first two elements are introducing powerful stimulus into the creative process and making sure that you have the right highly diverse group of people to create ideas. - See more at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2016/03/07/creative-exercises-designed-for-leftright-brain-types/#sthash.nm3n2G7c.dpuf

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To leverage this insight, start by determining the makeup of left and right brain thinkers in your session. Ask them to take a simple online and free test. You can find available tests simply by Googling “left brain, right brain test” or “brain dominance.” 
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Things are looking app

Things are looking app | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
SAVILE ROW in London is best known for producing some of the world’s finest bespoke suits. But tucked away in a quiet corner of the same street is a firm that gives tailored health advice through a smartphone app. Your.MD uses artificial intelligence to understand natural-language statements such as “I have a headache” and ask pertinent follow-up questions. The app typifies a new approach to mobile health (also known as m-health): it is intelligent, personalised and gets cleverer as it gleans data from its users. There are now around 165,000 health-related apps which run on one or other of the two main smartphone operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. PwC, a consulting firm, forecasts that by 2017 such apps will have been downloaded 1.7 billion times. However, the app economy is highly fragmented. Many providers are still small, and most apps are rarely, if ever, used.
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Mobile health apps are becoming more capable and potentially rather useful 
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David Hain's curator insight, March 15, 10:55 AM

Many of these health apps are very useful, I find - fun but informative.

Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 16, 2:32 AM

Many of these health apps are very useful, I find - fun but informative.

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25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business

25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
SOFTWARE WILL know how you feel—and will use that data to sell you things. The gig economy will go global (but it’s not Uber-take-all). The tech industry will finally be inclusive. AI will achieve something like common sense, and it will be open source too. But that future won’t build itself. Actual people (at least for now) have to make these things happen, and they aren’t the C-suite hotshots you always hear about. The 25 people in these pages are the unsung creative, technical, and social visionaries working to bring the incredible world of tomorrow to you today. Get to know them now. Welcome to our second annual Next List.
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The future won't build itself; actual people will make it happen. Meet the under-the-radar geniuses who are bringing tomorrow to you today.
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Scientists can now make lithium-ion batteries last a lifetime

Scientists can now make lithium-ion batteries last a lifetime | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of California have discovered a way to use nanowires to allow lithium-ion batteries in smartphones, electric vehicles and other commercial devices to be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.
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"All nanowire capacitors can be extended from 2000 to 8000 cycles to more than 100,000 cycles, simply by replacing a liquid electrolyte with a... gel electrolyte," the researchers wrote in their paper. The result: commercial batteries that could last a lifetime in computers, smartphones, appliances, cars and spacecraft.
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How does misinformation spread online?

How does misinformation spread online? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Recent studies that focus on misinformation online pointed out that the selective exposure to specific contents lead to ‘echo-chambers’ in which users tend to shape and reinforce their beliefs.
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What can be done to fight misinformation? Misinformation online is very difficult to correct. Confirmation bias is extremely powerful. Once people have found "evidence" of their views, external and contradicting versions are simply ignored. One proposal to counteract this trend is algorithmic-driven solutions !
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Web performance tools: Synthetic vs. RUM

Web performance tools: Synthetic vs. RUM | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Learn the difference between synthetic and real-user monitoring tools. Web performance tools tend to be divided based on which big question they answer: "How fast is it?" or "How can it be made faster?" The two classifications of tools are commonly referred to as synthetic and real-user monitoring (RUM). WebPageTest falls under the synthetic category. There's a saying that when you have a hammer, all of your problems start to look like nails. Similarly, no one type of web performance tool can answer all of your questions. It's important to distinguish what each type does and how it can be used so that you know when to use the right tool for the job ... 

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Tools like WebPageTest are considered to be synthetic because of their artificial testing environments. Akin to a clean room in a laboratory, WebPageTest gives its testers granular control over many of the variables that contribute to performance changes, such as geographic location and type of network connection. By making these variables constant, the root causes of poor frontend performance can be more easily identified and measured !
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Memory: Are challenges ahead?

Memory: Are challenges ahead? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The memory segment has been profitable since 2012. Can this continue as new technologies emerge and the competitive landscape evolves?  Although a weak economy may contribute to poor results, fundamental structural factors have an even greater influence on the memory sector. In fact, they may largely explain why memory suffers more than other semiconductor segments during downturns and why memory players were not able to create economic value between 1996 and 2012, even though their technological innovations significantly contributed to the semiconductor industry’s growth.1 First, competition was intense. Second, both DRAM and NAND flash were commoditized and primarily differentiated based on price per gigabyte ... 


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The semiconductor sector is highly cyclical, with profitability typically rising and falling in tandem with overall economic trends. A review of the past two decades shows that earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for major semiconductor players were highest in 2000, at the height of the dot-com craze !
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Why Platform Disruption Is So Much Bigger than Product Disruption

Why Platform Disruption Is So Much Bigger than Product Disruption | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

How does disruptive innovation differ when it’s applied to a product versus a platform? For the sake of clarity, let’s call a product “a platform that is used for one or very few products” and a platform “a structure upon which many variations of products are built.” These definitions recognize that product vs. platform isn’t black-and-white, but let’s use them for practical purposes. For example, using this definition, a Tesla car battery is a product, because it powers only a few cars. But as more electric cars enter the market (including more Tesla models) and there are more uses for rechargeable electric batteries, perhaps the battery will one day move up the scale to become more like a platform.


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New products change what we buy, but new platforms have much broader effects. While product-based disruptions change what people buy, platform-based disruptions result in more far-reaching societal shifts. Today, they enable people to complement their salary with part-time work or rent out their underused assets; tomorrow, as more of these companies become bigger and more sophisticated, these trends may accelerate so that, paradoxically, people who make a living out of a few platform-based jobs have more job security than today, when their income comes from a single source.

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Welcome to the Human-to-Human Purpose and Experience Driven Era !

Welcome to the Human-to-Human Purpose and Experience Driven Era ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Welcome to the human-to-human purpose and experience driven era. This is what the 21st century is all about. You may have been led to believe that it is about “things,” “big data” or even, “robots” and those are getting a lot of widespread development and coverage in the world. But we are in the human-to-human era.
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The times they are a changing. We have moved from the Industrial age, where we had laborers, to the Knowledge era, where we had experts, to the human-to-human era, where we create experiences based on shared purpose. In the 20th century, we were told we were two people: professional self and personal self and somehow we needed to balance our work and our life in this illusionary separation of who we were. In today’s 21st century world, most of us are reminded that we are one whole person who wants to show up in life. 
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Disrupt, Destruct, Digital – The Way of Future Life?

Disrupt, Destruct, Digital – The Way of Future Life? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Are we always being extorted to disrupt our enterprises before someone else does? The constant threat of both those ‘known to us’ and those ‘unknown competitors’ who can simply raise money based on a disruptive concept, provide a different business model and, then attack tomorrow, leaves us with not a comfortable feeling does it?
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Can we learn to adapt as fast as all that is seemingly coming towards us? There is so much disruptive power being harnessed that we are all facing an exponentially more complex and challenging environment. Why is there seemingly this determination to tear down many parts of the fabric of our society by challenging institutions, businesses and government structures? 
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How to Build a Strategic Narrative !

How to Build a Strategic Narrative ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Most companies get it wrong ... 

It’s a common refrain in executive suites these days: “We need a new narrative.” It’s not enough any more to say “we make widgets.” With changes happening so quickly from so many directions – competition, regulation, technology, talent, customer behavior – it’s easy for one’s story to become generic or outdated. You want a story that inspires employees, excites partners, attracts customers, and engages influencers. A story that is concise but comprehensive. Specific but with room to grow. One that defines the company’s vision, communicates the strategy, and embodies the culture !

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People don’t fundamentally change, and neither do companies. When they are founded, a kind of DNA is created that persists for the life of the company. A strategic narrative must align with this brand DNA or it will be perceived as inauthentic ... 
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The Human Face of Big Data

The Human Face of Big Data | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The hottest tech trend of the year is Big Data ! 
Excerpted Quotes from the Book: 
● "From the dawn of civilization until 2003, humankind generated five exabytes of data. Now we produce five exabytes every two days ... and the pace is accelerating." – Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google 
● "We now have the chance to become the center of our own knowledge universe, one that constantly reconfigures itself to match our needs." – Michael S. Malone, op-ed contributor to the Wall Street Journal 
● "Today a street stall in Mumbai can access more information, maps, statistics, academic papers, price trends, futures markets, and data than a U.S. president could only a few decades ago." – Juan Enriquez, Managing Director Excel Venture Management 
● "Soon we will salt the oceans, the land, and the sky with uncounted numbers of sensors invisible to the eyes but visible to one another." – Esther Dyson, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Commentator
 ● "Criminals, terrorists, and hackers understand the power of our interconnectivity: if you control the code you control the world." – Marc Goodman, Global Security Advisor and Futurist

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A Planetary Nervous System ! 
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America, Regulate Drones Now or Get Left Behind

America, Regulate Drones Now or Get Left Behind | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

 DRONES ARE A big business and getting bigger, a reality that comes with both economic opportunities and risks. The UAV market is set to jump from $5.2 billion in 2013 to $11.6 billion in 2023. Opportunities for delivery services, cinematography, and even flying cell towers could introduce thousands of jobs and reinvigorate an ailing aerospace market.

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To reap the benefits of the #drone boom boom, and ward off its downsides, American #regulators must produce clear and directed policies ! 
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Things are looking app

Things are looking app | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
SAVILE ROW in London is best known for producing some of the world’s finest bespoke suits. But tucked away in a quiet corner of the same street is a firm that gives tailored health advice through a smartphone app. Your.MD uses artificial intelligence to understand natural-language statements such as “I have a headache” and ask pertinent follow-up questions. The app typifies a new approach to mobile health (also known as m-health): it is intelligent, personalised and gets cleverer as it gleans data from its users. There are now around 165,000 health-related apps which run on one or other of the two main smartphone operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. 
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Mobile health apps are becoming more capable and potentially rather useful 
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