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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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Measuring the Return on Character

Measuring the Return on Character | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The right principles: Integrity, Responsibility, Forgiveness, and Compassion? There are potentially two more.

1) One is the pursuit of excellence. That’s partly included in the definition of responsibility and the desire to leave the world a better place. It’s especially important in health care.

2) The other is the courage to do the right thing even when it’s difficult or painful ... 

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The Business Paradox ...

CEO's who are rated high on four moral principles deliver better financial results than those who aren't  ! 

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Michel CEZON's curator insight, March 30, 11:25 AM

Those principles are not always the ones expected in business!  Interesting :-)

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When a Phone is Not Just a Phone: a framework for innovation ...

When a Phone is Not Just a Phone: a framework for innovation ... | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

 

 

Could a smartphone be described as a payment transaction processing device, Voila, Square is born. Can it be described differently for different points of time – say night vs. day ? Voila, we get the flashlight feature for the phone. If it is not a phone and is on my body can it measure my heartbeat or perhaps detect my mood or maybe detect how I react when I am served my coffee at a temperature I am not used to by a store which I frequent? What is it? What is it not? If yes, why? If not, why not? Is it a guitar, No. Why not?

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Is it a phone? A camera? A GPS device? A movie player? A book reader? A gaming device? When thinking of smartphones the answer could be one of these, a combination thereof or all of them. It depends on the perspective of the user ... 

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To Change your Organization, Change the Way you Bring Change !

To Change your Organization, Change the Way you Bring Change ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The most effective approach to change does not start or end in the C-suite. It happens at the heart of the organization, where mid-level managers and their teams build the momentum to implement and lead change. Executives initiate and support change, the rest of the organization lead change.
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Change happens. It doesn’t care whether you like it or not. Change doesn’t need your permission. Change is the one constant in business. What you decide to do with change is up to you ... 

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Michel CEZON's curator insight, March 21, 7:02 AM

Change happens. It doesn’t care whether you like it or not. Change doesn’t need your permission. Change is the one constant in business. What you decide to do with change is up to you.

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If you can't talk to your colleagues, this is the design language for you !

If you can't talk to your colleagues, this is the design language for you ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

A new design language aimed at helping companies build services - and get IT and non-IT staff communicating better in the process - is being developed in Norway. Like many other diagramming systems, it uses symbols and connectors to help people plan and illustrate how services should work and how customers will interact with them - and it's named, aptly, Visual. Visual is designed to let businesses document their "customer journey," or how their users progress through using a service. It logs each contact users have with a service, such as receiving an email or SMS confirmation, and records the points at which the customer is handed over to a different part of the service or new unit in the company !

 

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A picture's worth a thousand words, according to popular wisdom - and one project is hoping to help use visual elements to get IT departments and their colleagues communicating better ... 

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The Cloud, the Fence, and the Stretch Factor !

The Cloud, the Fence, and the Stretch Factor ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
The cloud was on Time Warner Cable’s radar. Sitting outside their core business of television, phone, and internet services, cloud computing held the potential for significant new-to-company demand. But cloud computing is not a new-to-the-world business, and with a field of established incumbents, entering into the market was a risky proposition.
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The key to the opportunity was leveraging existing assets like the trusted TWC brand name, infrastructure, and customer relationships to make cloud-based computing a more comprehensible and accessible offering for small businesses ... 

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MIT wishes it could deliver acceptance letters via drone !

MIT wishes it could deliver acceptance letters via drone ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
MIT wants prospective students to know that it’s fully aboard the drone bandwagon, parlaying an army of delivery drones (and computer-generated imagery) for a tongue-in-cheek admissions video, complete with Wagnerian orchestration. 
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MIT sends acceptance letters to its next class of freshmen on Pi Day, aka March 14, or 3/14 ... 

The fanciful video shows the letters being delivered ! 

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The Axis of Vulnerability !

The Axis of Vulnerability ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Last week I was in Tampa with a group of colleagues. We meet every five months or so to help each other with our business strategies, all solopreneurs like myself with advanced practices. Almost as soon as we gathered we created a visual that we called the Axis of Vulnerability to describe our work at its best. It resides at the intersection of four attributes:
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Where is your axis of vulnerability? The Axis of Vulnerability is a model you can apply to artistry, relationships and personal mastery of any type.

“... Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person ... ” - Albert Einstein 

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Does the world need another IoT data platform? HP thinks so !

Does the world need another IoT data platform? HP thinks so ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Hewlett-Packard Co. has become the latest technology giant to stake a claim on the connected universe with the introduction of a cloud-based service for capturing data from emerging categories of networked devices. The launch represents the newest of its increasingly bold efforts to offset declining growth across traditional business lines ... 

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HP plans to add many more applications in the future.

Every advantage counts in the fight for the connected universe !

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What’s So Great About Oscar?

What’s So Great About Oscar? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
As I was looking for a new health insurance policy recently, I started searching for Obamacare, and the result in the first position came up with something called Oscar. I have vaguely remembered seeing the name somewhere… ah! An ad on NYC subway! I clicked through to fill out a form of about 10 questions that, to my great surprise..
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As Oscar continues rolling out to more states, Health Insurance industry beware: you are being disrupted! 

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Germany's vision for Industrie 4.0: The revolution will be digitised !

Germany's vision for Industrie 4.0: The revolution will be digitised ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Industrie 4.0 is the German vision for the future of manufacturing, one where smart factories use information and communications technologies to digitise their processes and reap huge benefits in the form of improved quality, lower costs, and increased efficiency.

Industrie 4.0 is a favourite theme for chancellor Angela Merkel who brings it up in almost every speech about business or the economy. Most recently, she urged all of Europe to embrace Industrie 4.0 when addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.

The German government is investing €200m to spur Industrie 4.0 research across government, academia, and business. It's a similar effort to the US-based Industrial Internet project which involves companies such as AT&T, General Electric, and Intel !

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Industrie 4.0 has become a favorite theme for the country, with Siemens among automation's chief cheerleaders ... 

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This Is What a Computer Sees When It Watches The Matrix !

This Is What a Computer Sees When It Watches The Matrix ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

When we think about machine vision, we usually think about it in a human context. We build systems that can recognize faces in our photographs or count the number of cars in a traffic jam. Rare is the computer that’s watching on its own terms. That got artist Ben Grosser wondering: Why not let a computer watch something for its own sake? What would that even look like? To find out, he programmed an artificially intelligent viewer and sent it to the movies ! 

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The computer's eyes, perhaps even better than our own, register the broad shifts in cinema ... 

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Are You Looking in the Right Place for Innovators?

Are You Looking in the Right Place for Innovators? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Many people confuse innovation with technological innovation. If you conflate the two you run two big risks – you won’t be looking for the right people and you won’t be looking in the right place. Why? You’re more likely to assume innovators will be young as the new generation will be more technologically savvy. Second you’ll probably miss numerous opportunities to innovate because you won’t recognize breakthroughs as innovations and you won’t see how they might apply to what you’re doing !

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Innovators are people who can imagine and bring into existence what has not previously existed. So where are you going to find them and should you be looking for a particular age demographic?

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Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is NOT a Strategy !

Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is NOT a Strategy ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Disruptive innovation has become business' biggest paradigm. Harvard's Clayton Christensen coined the term and the New Yorker's Jill Lapore recently tore it down. While many companies scramble to create disruptive innovation strategies, the problem is that it isn't a linear process or methodology. No single strategy or theory (even the theory of disruptive innovation itself) has captured how it really works or how to do it.
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Whether you agree or disagree with all this, what matters is that the disruptive innovation movement has created a big problem for business.

Here’s the issue:  Disruptive innovation isn’t how innovation works in the real world when you’re in the process of doing it – only in retrospect by storytellers ...

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Relearning the Art of Asking Questions !

Relearning the Art of Asking Questions ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Proper questioning has become a lost art. The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions — incessant streams of “Why?” and “Why not?” might sound familiar — but as we grow older, our questioning decreases. In a recent poll of more than 200 of our clients, we found that those with children estimated that 70-80% of their kids’ dialogues with others were comprised of questions. But those same clients said that only 15-25% of their own interactions consisted of questions. Why the drop off?

 
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In today’s “always on” world, there’s a rush to answer. Ubiquitous access to data and volatile business demands are accelerating this sense of urgency ... Focus on the problem you’re trying to solve !

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How Big Ideas Are Built !

How Big Ideas Are Built ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
Companies often ask themselves why their innovation efforts seem to produce so few truly game-changing ideas. Why are they mostly getting only lukewarm suggestions for incremental improvements rather than radical new concepts for revolutionizing their industries? How can an organization get dramatically better at generating big, breakthrough ideas?
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When Albert Einstein came up with his revolutionary theory of special relativity, and shortly afterward with E = mc2, it didn’t just come to him out of the blue while he was sitting at his desk staring idly out of the window. At the turn of the twentieth century, when Einstein graduated, the great conundrum of physics was the apparent incompatibility between Newtonian laws of mechanics on the one hand and the new science of electromagnetism on the other, because it turned out that light did not behave as those classical laws predicted. This was the seemingly unsolvable puzzle that the young graduate Albert Einstein ambitiously determined he would try to solve ! 

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Michel CEZON's curator insight, March 24, 10:04 AM

Improving your capacity for radical innovation is made of awareness + desire + motivations + mindset !

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Moore's Law and Moving Beyond Silicon: The Rise of Diamond Technology !

Moore's Law and Moving Beyond Silicon: The Rise of Diamond Technology ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
John Bardeen, William Shockley and Walter Brattain, the inventors of the transistor, 1948 — the birth of Silicon Valley. AT&T via Wikimedia Commons My “aha” moment occurred in 2004 when, as a junior at the University of Illinois at Chicago, double majoring in physics and engineering, a research paper seized my interest. It was about…
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In just a decade, as silicon reaches its threshold, diamond material is taking its place. It is time to pass the torch to diamond – a superior material that will enable the next generation of innovators to create faster, more powerful and greener electronics ...

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Leica Survives the Digital Shift !

Leica Survives the Digital Shift ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

A bigger challenge to Leica than the billion smartphones sold world-wide annually is the development of less expensive but high-quality cameras with interchangeable components within the brand from makers including Sony,Panasonic and Olympus ! 

Camera manufacturers must crank up their technological developments ... For Leica, that means products like two high-quality cameras that are larger than the M series—and priced between $16,900 and $25,400 without a lens—that will soon hit the market !

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Camera maker Leica has struggled with the death of film, but now it has a lucrative niche: digital, retro cameras ... 

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You Can Soon Bid on These 10 Badass Antique Motorcycles !

You Can Soon Bid on These 10 Badass Antique Motorcycles ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

WHEN IT CAME to collecting antique motorcycles, E.J. Cole had a pretty simple strategy. “As long as it was a motorcycle and American-made and I didn’t have one, I went after it,” he says. “I just mainly tried to buy one of everything there was, and that’s about it. I just went for everything.” Cole was a Texas fireworks man. That’s not a euphemism for some shady business venture—as far as we can tell, anyway—the man sold fireworks ... 

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After five decades of collecting bikes, 90-year-old EJ Cole is selling off his massive collection, worth up to $20 million ;() 

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All Innovation !

One Size Doesn’t Fit All Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Steve Blank, the father of Lean Startup, comments on the Lean Startup vs. Design Thinking discussion !

Often I hear spirited defenses for Customer Development versus Design Thinking or vice versa, and my reaction is to slowly back out of these faith-based conversations. For large companies, it isn’t about which process is right – the reality is that we probably haven’t invented the right process yet. It’s about whether your company is satisfied with the speed, quality and size of the innovations being produced. And whether you’re applying the right customer discovery process to the right situation. No one size fits all ... 

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As for Lean Startup vs. Design Thinking we can make the following differentiation:

• Both approaches target at matching problems and suitable solutions, i.e. validating a problem-solution fit.
• Lean Startup mostly starts with an existing vision, technology or product. It primarily aims at speed and “good enough” decision making with limited time and resources.
• Design Thinking is based on properly understanding customer needs and iteratively prototyping to meet those needs with a satisfying solution. It primarily aims at doing the right things (i.e. serving a well-understood need properly) before investing time and resources ... 

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Steve Perlman Thinks He Can Completely Change How Cellphone Service Is Delivered

Steve Perlman Thinks He Can Completely Change How Cellphone Service Is Delivered | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

It has been taken for granted that cell service faces inevitable slowdowns as more users look to grab more data from ever-more-crowded cell towers using a limited amount of wireless spectrum.

It’s why even ultra-fast LTE service starts to bog down in dense urban areas as more and more people adopt data-hungry smartphones and tablets. To avoid interference, each device essentially takes turns grabbing the information it needs, meaning that as more users try to connect, the speeds get further away from the theoretical maximum !

 
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“[The] pCell is the most significant advance in radio wave optimization since Tesla’s 1930s experiments and the birth of analog cellular in the early 1980s,” Doherty said in an email interview. “I do not use the word ‘breakthrough’ often. This one deserves it.”

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Scientists Are Wrong All the Time, and That's Fantastic !

Scientists Are Wrong All the Time, and That's Fantastic ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
On February 28, 1998, the eminent medical journal The Lancet published an observational study of 12 children: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive development disorder in children. It might not sound sexy, but once the media read beyond the title, into the study’s descriptions of how those nasty-sounding symptoms appeared just after the kids got vaccinated, the impact was clear: The measles-mumps-rubella…
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But scientists are wrong all the time, in far more innocuous ways. And that’s OK. In fact, it’s great ... 

The problem with science isn’t that scientists can be wrong: It’s that when they’re proven wrong, it’s way too hard for people to find out !

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Bridging Psychological Distance

Bridging Psychological Distance | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Managers face challenges related to social, temporal, spatial, and experiential distance every day. They can overcome those challenges by understanding the common thread that links them and learning to either adjust the distance or substitute one type for another.

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Four types of gaps—social, temporal, spatial, and experiential—separate us from our goals !

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Handwriting Isn’t Dead—Smart Pens and Styluses Are Saving It

Handwriting Isn’t Dead—Smart Pens and Styluses Are Saving It | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Keyboards and touch screens may have turned our once-fine penmanship into a sloppy mess, but reports of the death of handwriting are premature. I can prove it: I wrote this entire column by hand. Not once did I place my hands on my laptop, tablet or phone’s keyboard. Yet every word I scribbled was almost instantly transmitted to those devices. Yes, the very technology that has put pen and paper on life support is now trying to save it. Styluses, which used to be no match for our pudgy fingers, now work and feel more like real pens. And smart pens—ones that write on real paper—sync with our devices and the cloud better than ever !

There’s even a hybrid product that combines both of those modern writing methods into one crazy package: Hewlett-Packard ’s brand new Pro Slate tablet with its magical Duet Pen ;() 

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New connected pens and improved styluses make your handwritten notes available on all your devices. Joanna Stern tries out the leading implements ... 

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The Crowdsourced Company Building Elon's Hyperloop Is Going Public !

The Crowdsourced Company Building Elon's Hyperloop Is Going Public ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The Hyperloop, a revolutionary transit system that would shoot pods full of people around the country in above-ground tubes at 800 mph, was proposed by Musk in 2013. That timing lined up with the beta launch of JumpStartFund, a startup that combines elements of crowdfunding and crowd-sourcing to take ambitious ideas and move them toward reality. So JumpStartFund created Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.

 

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The direct public offering is planned for the third quarter of 2015, and the $100 million will be put toward developing a usable prototype !

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Data Analytics: Are We There Yet?

Data Analytics: Are We There Yet? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

 Remember what travel was like before GPS? You could usually manage if you were traveling along familiar roads, but go on a long trip and it could get exciting. Which exit were we looking for? Had we passed the red barn? Did the gas station attendant say to turn after three lights or four? And let’s not forget the kids in the back seat asking, “When will we get there?” Okay, that part hasn’t changed, although the good news is that they can usually see the GPS screen too and answer their own questions ... 

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Organizational data analytics is a journey, not a destination !

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