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Fantastically Wrong: The Strange History of Using Organ-Shaped Plants to Treat Disease !

Fantastically Wrong: The Strange History of Using Organ-Shaped Plants to Treat Disease ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

According to the doctrine of signatures, plants and nuts and vegetables that resemble a human body part or organ must be divined by God to treat said limb or organ. Thus should a walnut fix your brain if it gets too wrinkled … or something !

This theological grounding is quite problematic, in the sense that it assumes the universe was created for humankind, then stocked with convenient medicines for the taking, the kind of anthropocentric worldview also manifested in the geocentrism that Copernicus overthrew in the 16th century. There’s also the rather glaring issue of subjectivity: That root may look like a kidney to you, but it sure looks a lot like a liver to me.

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The doctrine of signatures was of course totally undone by a dash of common sense and more rigorous experimental standards as science evolved. So we certainly, certainly, don’t have any business propagating the theory in 2014. Yet it’s happening. Leading people to believe that they can treat depression by eating walnuts because they look like brains is dangerous and irresponsible, just like saying homeopathy can treat, oh I don’t know, anything at all ...

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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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New Initiative Aims to Teach People to Code—Then Find Them Jobs !

New Initiative Aims to Teach People to Code—Then Find Them Jobs ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Codecademy already makes it easy for anyone, anywhere to learn how to program a computer. Now, the New York City-based startup wants to make it just as simple for this new generation of coders to find jobs, as well. On Friday, the company announced the launch of a new workforce development initiative called ReskillUSA, which will help connect people in cities from Los Angeles to Detroit to Miami with employers in need of tech talent. Codecademy is partnering with some of its fellow skills education startups, including Flatiron School, DevBootcamp, Sabio.la, Grand Circus, Wyncode, and Thinkful. Together, they’ve created an online platform where people can find coding classes and bootcamps across the country ... 

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As part of the new initiative, Codecademy, which has traditionally offered online coding education only, is launching its own offline classes called Codecademy Labs. These courses, which Sims says will cost $150-$200 — far less than the traditional bootcamp — will be hosted by other ReskillUSA partners across the country, but will be taught by former Codecademy students !

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Rejoice: Tomorrow's Tech Will Probably Stop Nagging Us !

Rejoice: Tomorrow's Tech Will Probably Stop Nagging Us ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

In 1991, the visionary computer scientist Marc Weiser declared that “the most profound technologies are those that disappear.”

Weiser is considered by many to be the father of ubiquitous computing, what we now call (for better or worse) the Internet of Things. What Weiser imagined in the early ’90s has mostly come to pass: connected devices that can wirelessly speak to one other, transferring data between themselves to provide new services and experiences !

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The most successful technology anticipates our needs, does what it sets out to do without nagging us, and doesn't assert itself for the sake of flash. The best technology is invisible ... 

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Infographie : quels OS dans quelles voitures ?

Infographie : quels OS dans quelles voitures ? | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Depuis le début de l'année, les géants du numérique se bousculent au portillon du véhicule connecté. Avec la multiplication des annonces, difficile de s'y retrouver pour savoir quels systèmes d'exploitation (OS, pour "operating system) feront tourner les différents systèmes embarqués des voitures de demain. Dans cette infographie, retrouvez vers quelles solutions se sont tournées les principales marques automobiles ... 

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Notez toutefois que les constructeurs peuvent aussi développer leur propre OS comme le R-Link de Renault, construit sur une architecture Android mais développé en interne en partenariat avec Atos !

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Welcome to the Era of Product Intelligence !

Welcome to the Era of Product Intelligence ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
While the PR on Big Data suggests that it is the newest and holiest grail for strategists, marketers, product developers, and business decision-makers of all stripes, a new hybrid intelligence is emerging from the smoke and mirrors -- one that may be prove to be a little more practical and actionable: Product Intelligence.
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THE SECRET SAUCE: STRUCTURED MEETS UNSTRUCTURED DATA

All of this is possible because of Big Data, big unstructured data. It has forever changed the way Decision Support works. We can now combine structured and unstructured data to drive new insights. Think of the difference between structured and unstructured data this way:

- Structured: everything in a spreadsheet – market data, IP databases, etc.
- Unstructured: “the internet of things” – social media sites, emails, video, etc

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A Tale of Two Tools !

A Tale of Two Tools ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
I had the privilege of receiving evaluation copies of a couple of different tools/games that you might find interesting to use in your innovation pursuits. They are the Disruptus game from Funnybone Toys and The Innovation Deck from Andrey Schukin.
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It is a much more structured tool, requiring a more formal approach to its use. The Innovation Deck is billed as problem-solving cards for product developers, engineers and inventors. I think it could be a good tool to help guide discussions focused on examination, exploration or evaluation in isolation ... 

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Innovation in the Top 5 Chinese Tech Companies !

Innovation in the Top 5 Chinese Tech Companies ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

China’s high tech industry is increasingly recognized as a very dynamic industry. More and more Chinese high tech companies are gaining ground on the international stage. “China has changed its strategy and is now ready to offer high value technological products. Today, Chinese do not only copy foreign high tech brands’ features. They innovate and assert their innovation.” explains Fil Control, a French industrial group, leader in the textile machinery industry and owner of a subsidiary in China. What are the most innovative Chinese high tech companies in 2014? Here are 5 leading Chinese companies which show considerable dynamism in terms of innovation this year ... 

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Many Chinese brands tend to develop their own innovation strategies and launch their. own high value products. The challenge for them is, therefore, to assert and highlight their capacity for innovation in their communications and own their space ... 

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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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The First Mile of Innovathon !

The First Mile of Innovathon ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The managing partner of Innosight defines “The First Mile” as THE CRITICAL TIME when an idea moves from concept to paper to market, where it will fly or fail, and maybe take a company with it. It is the most fragile time for a new idea, because every great new idea is partly right and partly wrong. The innovator’s most critical skill in The First Mile is REDUCING UNCERTAINTY ... 

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DEFT PROCESS ... 

The main idea that Scott D Anthony provides to readers is how work on an idea, using the acronym DEFT the author describes a new early stage innovation process, a very disciplined and scientific way that have the innovator to test all his or her assumptions and manage the effort with eyes wide open. DEFT, a rigorous four step process that can greatly reduce strategic uncertainty and help guide innovators toward success !

 

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Aerospace Gurus Show Off a Fancy Space Suit Made for Mars !

Aerospace Gurus Show Off a Fancy Space Suit Made for Mars ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

The space suits astronauts wear today are marvels of engineering, but they’re far from perfect. For one thing, they’re unwieldy. At a weight of nearly 300 pounds, astronauts have to expend a huge amount of energy just to move them around. “It was great for 45 years ago, but we can do better,” says Dava Newman. Newman, an MIT aerospace engineer who was recently nominated for the role of NASA deputy administrator, is working on next-generation suits that would give astronauts far greater mobility—the type of equipment that would be instrumental to a manned mission to Mars. At WIRED by Design, Newman and her partner Gui Trotti showed off one such concept. Dubbed the BioSuit, it would replace today’s bulky gas-pressurized get-ups with a form-fitting “soft exoskeleton.”!

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Aerospace engineer Dava Newman and designer Gui Trotti show off the BioSuit, a next-gen space suit, at WIRED by Design ... 

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35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better !

35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment !

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This article discusses 35 proven psychological phenomena that affect you and your students' learning every day... 

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Procrastination vs. Innovation !

Procrastination vs. Innovation ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Procrastination has been an enemy to innovation for many years and getting over it can take some doing on your part. Although you try very hard not to procrastinate, yet you find yourself giving in to it and as a result, you lack the momentum to do the work of innovation. However, there are ways to cure the problem and make the innovativeness in you come to the forefront. In no time, you will start brimming with ideas once again and your life will see a drastic change from one of being stagnated to a person who is revolutionized both in your thinking and in actions ... 

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Procrastination can be beaten and if you continuously cultivate the attitude of an innovator, you will see yourself becoming the true innovation expert you have always dream of becoming. Your life will take on new meaning and you will stand a better chance of accomplishing anything you set out to accomplish !

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The Robots are Coming to Steal Your Job !

The Robots are Coming to Steal Your Job ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it

Automation technology isn't invading the IT industry alone -- robots are taking over a terrifying range of  jobs ! For many of us trying to navigate the 21st century, it's become sensible -- healthy, even -- to maintain a simmering, low-grade paranoia about the impending robot revolution. Advances in automation and robotics are impacting virtually every area of technology and industry ... 

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Future android historians will surely look back on this era and marvel at how we participated in our own obsolescence. Ah, well -- such is the price of progress. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords ;() 

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Marriage of 21 st Century !

Marriage of 21 st Century ! | Management - Innovation -Technology and beyond | Scoop.it
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Technology & Sentiment - Big Data Analytics will drive the Marriage 2.0 ;()

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, October 21, 8:45 PM

Ha Ha good one! :)