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The Turbine-Powered, Chevy Volt of Airliners Looks Fantastic !

The Turbine-Powered, Chevy Volt of Airliners Looks Fantastic ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The European airline industry has seen the future of aviation. It's sleek and organic, carries a sextet of turbines, and its powertrain works a lot like the Chevrolet Volt. The European aerospace consortium EADS has recently shown everything from its largest airliner, the Airbus A380, to its latest electric airplane idea, the E-Fan. But tucked inside the company’s huge chalet at the Paris Air Show was a small model where the two concepts meet — in 2050.

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In many ways the E-Thrust concept is an electric deconstruction of current jet engine technology. Unlike the early days of jet aircraft, today’s airliners only get a fraction of their push from jet thrust. Most of the propulsion is provided by the giant fan at the front of the engine, which accelerates air just like a propeller ...

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Agile Change is Coming !

Agile Change is Coming ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
How fast is your organization capable of changing to continue to remain relevant and successful in the marketplace? The world is changing at an accelerating pace as new technologies are discovered, developed, released and adopted by consumers faster than ever before. At the same time companies are rising to global scale faster and large, successful companies are disappearing faster too.
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Manifesto for Agile Software Development

Through this work we have come to value:

Individuals and interactions over processes and toolsWorking software over comprehensive documentationCustomer collaboration over contract negotiationResponding to change over following a plan

 

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Triumph of the Innovation Economy !

Triumph of the Innovation Economy ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
We’ve heard so much about innovation in recent years that some misguided folks already view it as nothing more than a management fad. This series of articles aims to put that notion to rest. Join me on an epic journey through history, from the dawn of civilization until today, to prove conclusively that innovation is – and always has been – the fundamental driver of human progress.
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If the ancient peoples of Mesopotamia – the “Cradle of Civilization” – laid the original foundation for human progress through innovation, how was this foundation used and improved upon by the societies that followed them? Find out in the next article in this series ... 

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How the U.S. Mint Made Its First-Ever Domed Coin !

How the U.S. Mint Made Its First-Ever Domed Coin ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Later this month, the U.S. Mint will release a coin unlike any it’s ever made. Instead of being flat, it is shaped something like a bowl, with a convex surface that calls to mind a ball. A baseball, to be precise.

The design, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, bears the image of a baseball on one side. The obverse side, as it’s officially known, shows a baseball glove, gently curving inward. It’s a clever marriage of form and content, with the convex and concave sides lending the ball and the mitt a measure of three-dimensional realism !

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This was like a moonshot for us, It stretched the bounds of everything we knew about coin development; "says Stephen C. Antonucci, manager of digital development for the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. " ... 

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Electric Airplanes Are the Future of Pilot Training !

Electric Airplanes Are the Future of Pilot Training ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Walk into a flight school today and you’ll probably take your first training flight in an aging airplane that’s noisy, expensive, and burns leaded fuel. But the race is on to change that, with electric trainers that are clean, vibration-free, and cheap to operate.

Electric aviation has been in experimental development for years, but now a US startup, European aerospace giant Airbus, and a Chinese aviation manufacturer are among those who believe electric airplanes are ready for the mainstream. If they make it happen, it could get a lot cheaper—and more pleasant—to learn to fly !

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Bye hopes to be the first to market in the US with an electric-powered training aircraft fully certified by the FAA, in 2017 or sooner. He’s not the only one in the race ... 

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Un matheux vous souhaite une bonne année 11111011111 ? C'est normal

Un matheux vous souhaite une bonne année 11111011111 ? C'est normal | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

BEAU. En ce début d'année, les gens de bonne composition se présentent leurs vœux. Les adeptes de calculs y ajoutent une interrogation mathématique : comment décortiquer la nouvelle année en élégantes formules mathématiques ? Par élégante, comprenez par exemple le nombre palindrome 11111011111 (5 "un" à la droite et à la gauche du "zéro") qui vaut 2015 en écriture binaire, où chaque "1" correspond à une puissance de 2. Le "zéro" du milieu justifiant d'ailleurs que pour la perfection mathématique il faudra attendre 2047, "The Real Year", comme l'explique Alexandre Moatti !

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Ce nombre palindrome vaut en effet 2015 en numérotation binaire : une "belle écriture" citée par Alexandre Moatti dans sa nouvelle note de blog "de quoi 2015 est-il le nombre

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Travelers Will Soon Walk Under a Lake to Catch Flights in Toronto !

Travelers Will Soon Walk Under a Lake to Catch Flights in Toronto ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Sure, a 90-second ferry ride is a fun way to access an airport, but Toronto has a better suggestion: walking. This spring, Billy Bishop Airport, on an island in Lake Ontario, will inaugurate an $82.5 million, 800-foot pedestrian tunnel—the world's first walkable underwater airport link.
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Eighty years later, the tunnel is finally operational. It opens amid a dramatic 25-year transformation of Toronto's 2,000-acre Inner Harbor, from postindustrial badlands into a transit-centric community served by light rail and one totally walkable airport !

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This Year Santa Really Knows !

This Year Santa Really Knows ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
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Even Santa uses Big Data to drive Elastic Gifts Delivery Requests ;() 

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The project that wants to bring an open source, print-at-home connected car to a road near you | ZDNet

The project that wants to bring an open source, print-at-home connected car to a road near you | ZDNet | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

If cars are indeed set to become "smartphones on wheels", able to connect to the internet and each other, there are a few things we need to settle first. What kind of operating system will they run on, for example, and will they use proprietary or open source applications? Will upgrades to the car's underlying system happen as seamlessly as mobile OS updates do today, or will you have to call out a mechanic?

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A Chinese-Italian startup is bringing a new vision of tech-savvy vehicles to the road with openness at its heart ... 

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Too Much Insider Access To Critical Data Is A Growing Risk

Too Much Insider Access To Critical Data Is A Growing Risk | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Corporate boardrooms are all talking about cyber security and risk - but they may be overlooking the obvious. A report just out reveals that 71% of employees in a new survey say that they have access to data they should not see, and more than half say this access is [...]
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2015 will be a difficult year for business as the lines between what have always been considered ‘safe’ and ‘risky’ opportunities blur.  Opportunities will continue to abound for ambitious international companies ... 

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If Incremental Innovation Dominates then We Lose the Future !

If Incremental Innovation Dominates then We Lose the Future ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

If one type of innovation prevails and begins to dominate, the incremental one, the risks of not providing for a healthy future increases, we are in the throes of ossifying our innovation. We begin to lose our abilities to be responsive and flexible. We lose our agility to respond to changes in our markets. What is always needed is to strike a good balance in our innovation portfolio, between the immediate and the future. For me, it does seem far too many of our organizations today might be far too focused on protecting and defending their existing positions, they are failing to extend beyond a core. Are our organizations working incremental innovation to the detriment of more radical and riskier innovation? Is that unhealthy or simply prudent ?

 

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The incremental commitments to innovation still rule the day to move growth along. Until a new sustaining confidence returns to our economies, risk mitigation dominates as markets continue to be more volatile and unreliable in predictive data and executive sentiment remains cautious ... 

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EBay's Plan to Reinvent Retail Shopping With Magic Mirrors !

EBay's Plan to Reinvent Retail Shopping With Magic Mirrors ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

At the new Rebecca Minkoff store in San Francisco, the mirrors come alive. Walk into the fitting room with, say, a blouse and a jacket, and the dark glass lights up with a suggested handbag to match. You can browse the racks at the upscale fashion boutique or swipe through “looks” on massive touchscreens. If you see something you like, you tap in your phone number, and you’ll get a text when it’s ready to try on !

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Though most consumers still think of eBay strictly as online shopping, the company's official corporate mission is to become a venue for all commerce and that means integrating with the physical world ... 

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Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave !

Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Although most managers like to think they are in control, customers wield extraordinary power in directing a company’s investments. Before managers decide to launch a technology, develop a product, build a plant, or establish new channels of distribution, they must look to their customers first: Do their customers want it? How big will the market be? Will the investment be profitable? The more astutely managers ask and answer these questions, the more completely their investments will be aligned with the needs of their customers !

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One of the most consistent patterns in business is the failure of leading companies to stay at the top of their industries when technologies or markets change ... 

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Digital Ubiquity: How Connections, Sensors, and Data Are Revolutionizing Business

Digital Ubiquity: How Connections, Sensors, and Data Are Revolutionizing Business | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
For more than a century General Electric made most of its revenue by selling industrial hardware and repair services. But in recent years GE was at increasing risk of losing many of its top customers to nontraditional competitors—IBM and SAP on the one hand, and big-data start-ups on the other. Those competitors aimed to shift […]
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The new ubiquity of digital technology and connectivity will have profound implications for the economy at large. The fortunes of Fairfield, Connecticut, where GE is based, will increasingly be tied to the weather at a wind farm in Germany, or to the operating efficiency of an airline headquartered in Abu Dhabi ... 

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Free wi-fi? Mesh networking? Bins that talk? Porto project shows it's a load of garbage !

Free wi-fi? Mesh networking? Bins that talk? Porto project shows it's a load of garbage ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Every now and then, a company comes out with an idea that looks very simple at first, but that could turn out to have huge implications.

That could well be the case with an experiment running in the Portugese city of Porto, where a startup called Veniam has been working together with the local government to turn buses, taxis, garbage trucks, and other vehicles into moving wi-fi hotspots.

Almost all of the buses belonging to the public fleet of the SCTP (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto), the mass transportation authority of the city, have already been equipped in the past months with Veniam's technology, which consists of a small device, a box called the Net Rider, and software which optimizes the flow of data from one node to the other and from there to internet infrastucture ...

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But the idea of an 'Internet of Moving Things', which provides free connectivity to citizens, could also prove appealing in many areas of the developing world, where there's an enormous desire for internet access, and people don't have the resources to pay for very expensive cellular data plans !

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Canonical ushers Ubuntu into the Internet of Things!

Canonical ushers Ubuntu into the Internet of Things! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The biggest change in the new iteration called “Snappy Ubuntu Core for Smart Devices” is a container-based updating mechanism called Snappy that draws on the lessons the company learned from its work on Ubuntu Phone. The framework handles changes to applications and the kernel similarly to how relational databases execute transactions, guaranteeing that an operation either completes as intended or aborts with no impact on the system ... 

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 Canonical boasts that several early adopters are already finding success with the software, including the Open Source Robotis Foundation and Ninja Blocks, the buzzed-about smart home startup ...

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Is Your Smart Meter Compromising Your Home Security?

Is Your Smart Meter Compromising Your Home Security? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The following infographic, created by Jones Oil, reveals the energy consumption problem; breaking down how smart meters really work and how hackers can break into them. Find out about the four main vulnerabilities they possess, as well as how security investigators are working to make them more secure all across the globe !

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The best way to prevent security hacks is to think like a security hacker, so let’s crawl inside the minds of these ingenious thieves. Find out what we can do to make smart meters more secure, so they can do just what they were meant to do in the first place – to save energy ... 

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The Syndrome Syndrome !

The Syndrome Syndrome ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Here's a fun test for you: If you can read the rest of this paragraph without logging onto Facebook, tweeting, or thinking about crop circles, there's a good chance you do not have ADD, ADHD, or any other recently-identified medical condition. That's the good news.
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BYHFSWAYTWSMLBBIAITHYSYACTHTLFSKOTOEWARLNEBATBOHND: (Blaming Your Husband For Snoring When Actually You, the Wife, Snore Much Louder, But Because It’s Almost Impossible to Hear Yourself Snoring, You Are Constantly Telling Him to Look for Some Kind of Treatment Or Else Wear a Ridiculous Looking, Nostril-Expanding Bandaid Across the Bridge of His Nose Dysfunction.) 

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Disruptive Innovation Theory Revisited: Christensen, Hatkoff & Kula !

Disruptive Innovation Theory Revisited: Christensen, Hatkoff & Kula ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Dr. Joseph Lister was greatly inspired by the work of Louis Pasteur. Carbolic acid was the main ingredient in Lister’s new antiseptic techniques and the statistical results were nothing short of astounding.

Perhaps it was on the limb-strewn battlefields during the Franco-Prussian War in the 1870's that one disruptive innovation gained great favor with a whole generation of adherents. Young doctors on the front lines readily embraced Dr. Joseph Lister's new and rather simple technique for combat triage using anti-septic surgery for life-saving amputations and skin piercing compound bone fractures. Previously almost any large incision resulted in death from infection caused by unsanitary conditions ... 

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Disruptive innovations are simpler, cheaper, more, accessible products or services, often created by “two guys in a garage. ”  Yet these inferior products and services seemingly decimate an industry leader who keeps on making very profitable, perfectly good products better and better, outstripping the needs and pocketbooks of already well-served consumers ! 

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Not So Fast Innovation !

Not So Fast Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

In a previous posting I relayed the story of a ship captain who counter-intuitively sped up when approaching an obstacle to increase his chances of successfully avoiding that obstacle.  In that example, a newly-built mega-cruise ship was utilizing the squat effect to lower its profile in the water so it could pass under a bridge with very little room for clearance.  A recent article about traffic flow suggests that the opposite may be true for drivers of cars….going faster in heavier traffic results in everyone going slower in the overall flow ... 

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The best way for a group of drivers to drive through a freeway that is increasingly congested, is to “keep a steady slower speed, avoid unnecessary lane changes, which induce braking, and lengthen gaps between vehicles to allow for adjustments !

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Need a break for Xmas?

Need a break for Xmas? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
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The Cloud is always the Good Answer ;() 

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DNA: The Ultimate Hard Drive !

DNA: The Ultimate Hard Drive ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

When it comes to storing information, hard drives don’t hold a candle to DNA. Our genetic code packs billions of gigabytes into a single gram. A mere milligram of the molecule could encode the complete text of every book in the Library of Congress and have plenty of room to spare. All of this has been mostly theoretical — until now. In a new study, researchers stored an entire genetics textbook in less than a picogram of DNA — one trillionth of a gram — an advance that could revolutionize our ability to save data ... 

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Researchers have stored an entire genetics textbook in less than a picogram of DNA, or one trillionth of a gram . It's an advance that could revolutionize our ability to save data ;()

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What Chess’ World Champion Can Teach Us About Innovation ...

What Chess’ World Champion Can Teach Us About Innovation ... | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

After eleven grueling rounds Magnus Carlsen was visibly relieved.

It had been two exhausting weeks of chess and finally Magnus had clinched the victory against the former World Chess Champion Vishy Anand. At 23, the 2014 world champion had narrowly missed out on the title of the youngest undisputed world chess champion, which is held by the world’s arguably greatest chess player Garry Kasparov.

Magnus Carlsen’s abilities are truly amazing and in May 2014, he had reached an “Elo” rating of 2,882, the highest any human being has ever achieved ... 

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When Magnus Carlsen arrived with his new disruptive strategy based on a patient positional style that eschews openings, one could say he had disrupted other player’s strategies !

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How A Genius Thinks

How A Genius Thinks | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Nobody really knows where genius comes from.  While surely there is a genetic component, most child prodigies do not attain outstanding professional success.  Some creativity experts consider genius to be a method as much as it is an ability. However, while many people define genius differently, most agree that Richard Feynman was one and there is probably no better example of his brilliance than his famous talk, There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom.   It not only launched a revolution in physics and engineering that is still being played out today, it shows us how a true genius really thinks !

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The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said that, “talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”  Lots of people are smart, but true genius has always had an element of mystery to it. Nobody really knows where genius comes from.  While surely there is a genetic component, most child prodigies...

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Pilgrims and the Roots of the American Thanksgiving ...

Pilgrims and the Roots of the American Thanksgiving ... | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

In the fall of 1621, 50 English men and women and 90 Native Americans gathered at New Plymouth in Massachusetts. The colonists had arrived a year earlier on a leaky wine ship, the Mayflower, and built a hillside settlement overlooking the ocean, little more than a few wooden huts in a stockade. The first winter had been terrible: Half their number had perished from malnutrition and disease. They had struggled to farm the land, were poorly supplied from England and relied on their Indian hosts for expertise and food !

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English settlers of the 17th century were a diverse lot, and they became Americans despite themselves. The Pilgrims were not typical settlers in the new land, but they still exemplify the extraordinary imagination and belief, fortitude and courage, shown by colonists across early America—qualities shared today by all manner of Americans, regardless of their ancestry ... 

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How To Manage The Skills Gap !

How To Manage The Skills Gap ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
In the late 90’s McKinsey declared the war for talent and argued that, in a knowledge economy, having the right people is even more important than having the right strategy or technology.  Recruiting and retaining the 'best and the brightest' became a corporate mantra. 

Yet today, the firm is more concerned with the skills gap. In data science, for example it estimates a shortfall of 140,000 to 190,000 data scientists and 1.5 million managers who have the skills needed to use the insights to drive decisions. But even that understates the problem !

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Consequently, a new era of talent has arisen in which the fundamental decision managers have to make is not who to hire, but which skills to develop in-house and which can be accessed through an external ecosystem ... 

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