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The Dark Side of Technology !

The Dark Side of Technology ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The Forces at Work - Digital technologies are coming together into global technology infrastructures that straddle the globe and reach an ever expanding portion of the population. In economic terms, these infrastructures systematically and substantially reduce barriers to entry and barriers to movement on a global scale. They make it far easier for any of us to reach anyone else around the world and to offer our goods and services wherever they might be needed. So, whatever position you have achieved today, watch out. There’s that person or company that you never heard of who is putting together a plan to take your customer away from you !

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And the power and scope of impact of these technologies is amplified by their interaction with each other and their ability to accelerate the performance improvement of an expanding array of other technologies, ranging from genomics to nanotechnology. Singularity University has led the way in exploring these technology advances and interactions and a recent working paper that I co-authored suggests that the biggest risk is to continue to view these technologies in isolated siloes ...

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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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NASA’s New X-57 Electric Plane Looks Goofy But Packs Some Sweet Tech

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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The Federal Communications Commission is already considering whether zero rating and data caps are anti-competitive. The agency’s net neutrality rules don’t ban either practice but do grant the FCC the right to make case-by-case decisions !
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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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Deep Learning Isn’t a Dangerous Magic Genie. It’s Just Math

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New instructions, transactions, virtualization features and more

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

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

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