Decades after the medical crew aboard the USS Enterprise first used a "tricorder" device to scan patients for ailments and anomalies, real world science is working to catch up. Today, 10 teams were named finalists in a $10 million-prize competition to create a lightweight, portable, wireless device that can diagnose and monitor a variety of medical conditions — from anemia to HIV to stroke. The announcement came during the opening ceremony of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society International Conference in Chicago.
There has also been a growing attempt to map and plot the way misinformation spreads through our various social networks. For instance, a project launched this summer, and backed by the National Science Foundation and the US Army, aims to create a detailed understanding of the ways in which misinformation propagates.
A new tool that is taking a crowdsourced approach towards a similar goal is Grasswire. Grasswire is a site that allows users to verify the validity of things they are reading online. The site, which focuses specifically on breaking news, allows users to vote on topics in a style similar to that found on sites such as Reddit.
Scott Berinato, senior editor at Harvard Business Review, on how companies benefit from transparency about customer data. For more, read “Pushing the Limits of Personalization” in the September 2014 issue of HBR.
Whether you’re starting up a new business or seeking to create a competitive edge for your existing company, using competitive intelligence frameworks can certainly help you in your endeavor. But unlike the traditional SWOT analysis, Porter’s model is centered on the business environment. By analyzing five key forces that act in your market, this framework clarifies how the power is distributed between stakeholders, and therefore is able to give you invaluable insights on your strategy. For example, if the bargaining power of buyers in your industry is high, offering differentiated products might be a good solution.
Who has the power in your industry? Check the Porter’s five forces explained below.
The forces of the Big Shift are driving both fragmentation and consolidation, fundamentally changing the nature of the relationships among businesses. Rapid advances in technology and the liberalization of public policy have shaped a world in which large companies face increasing performance pressure amidst sinking return on assets, intense competition, and changing workforce dynamics. Individuals are taking advantage of lowered barriers to market entry and commercialization to become creators in their own right. As a result, a new economic landscape is beginning to emerge in which a relatively few large, concentrated players will provide infrastructure, platforms, and services that support many fragmented, niche players.
Tensions with the West have scared away investors, weakened the ruble, and forced the central bank to raise rates. A large natural gas deal with China is nudging Russia closer to lucrative markets in Asia, which might hold the key to Russia’s long-term economic progress.
You won't learn about these common corporate phrases in business school, but they're required reading if you want to navigate the corporate world. "weasel words"--phrases that allow a boss or employee to say one thing and yet mean something entirely different. The ability to identify and understand weasel words is a crucial business skill because, without it, you're in constant danger of having the proverbial wool pulled over your eyes. With that in mind, here is the real meaning of the 20 most common weasel terms and phrases.
The makers of GoPro, a tiny and light portable camera, have released a new product just for dogs: A harness that holds two cameras to record things from your canine's perspective.The GoPro Fetch is a kit that comes with a dog harness, a camera tether, and software needed to set it up on any model of GoPro. It's your job to provide the pooch and the GoPro camera.
Bonnie Hohhof's insight:
Now even dogs can post their lives on Facebook....
Organizations that pursue the inquiry-led form of collaborative innovation often have an outcome in mind. Clients ask me if there is a “right” question to pose to the crowd. My response: no. In fact, I would argue that there are an infinite number of “right” ways to ask a challenge question. The trick—the handshake—is to align your question with your intent and to seek the right level of transformation. The following is an example of the latter:
When Goliath hands David the slingshot and rock, it would be silly not to use it. you can turn competitors into an asset. And nothing helps the process as well as a major disaster. Big corporations have too many balls in the air, too many cooks in the kitchen, and too many metaphors in the marketing department. Whether in pricing, social and political ineptitude, lack of training, or apparent disinterest in customers, the giants are setting themselves up to fail every day. You can take advantage of it by underscoring and demonstrating how different your organization is in a variety of ways.
n the field of patent analytics there is, obviously, an emphasis on the analysis of patent information, but looking at the area holistically, there is just as much, if not more emphasis on the subsequent visualization of the output from the analysis process. There are a variety of individual methods for visualizing analysis results, but over the past few years there has been an increased interest in merging diverse analysis results, and providing them together in a single representation. The practice of doing this provides context and depth to an area, which can’t be achieve when looking at individual results in a one at a time fashion. One of the companies providing visual insight into patent activities is Deltasight...
People are awful at making decisions due to the influence of countless cognitive biases.Although Kahneman does not explicitly discuss using this process outside of applicant evaluations, there's no reason it could not be applied widely. It could even be used in binary decisions, especially if decision-makers also adopt the wise strategy of converting those binary decisions into non-binary decisions. Broadly speaking, the insight is to use coolly logical (and often quantifiable) rules to guide any decisions that may be subject to significant bias: In other words, force yourself to think like a computer
The digital Map of the World will be the bedrock of the intelligence community’s information sharing. By 2018, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency envisions a seamless, dynamic Map of the World (MoW) that enables users across the Intelligence Community to visualize and access integrated intelligence content fixed to accurate and authoritative geographic features on Earth. Through the integration of GEOINT, navigation datasets, imagery and intelligence, this unified, online, geospatial, temporal and relational view of the world will provide a common frame of reference throughout the IC, bringing together multiple sources of information on any object of interest, delivered across multiple security domains and on multiple devices. NGA’s MoW is to serve as the foundation for multi-intelligence integration—the “geospatial bedrock” for all intelligence, information and knowledge—that can be customized by users as needed. It’s a big piece of the IC’s Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise plan for cloud-based information sharing across its 17 agencies.
Bonnie Hohhof's insight:
New term for my vocabulary: Multi-intelligence integration
attempts being made to both understand and detect the way misinformation spreads through social networks. Many of these attempts have focused upon identifying influential nodes in a network, and indeed understanding whether those nodes are real or not, as these nodes are key to the spread of information. It was interesting therefore to see a slightly different approach taken by Facebook recently with the announcement of their satire tag.
About 20 percent of the population seems to be bitten by mosquitoes more often than others. Why? ? Mosquitoes, it turns out, are a discriminating bunch, and several experiments have offered explanations for why some people are more enticing than others. The video runs through the most common theories.
There is nothing wrong with the analytic tools we have at our disposal, but their application requires careful thought. It requires contextual intelligence: the ability to understand the limits of our knowledge and to adapt that knowledge to an environment different from the one in which it was developed. .
Like solving a Rubik’s cube, there are many different approaches to striking gold in international tourism marketing. The challenge is to take the path that shows a destination off in a fresh, better light and that encourages more people to visit. The Canadian tourism industry continually seeks innovative ways to increase engagement and visitation and we at the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) are happy to help push the envelope. CTC News staff parse the best ideas from our global competitors to help our country stay ahead of the chasing pack. Big thanks as always to our international colleagues and industry partners for lending their shoulders to the investigative wheel.
Sensationally characterized as “the largest store of knowledge in human history,” Knowledge Vault is being assembled from content across the internet without human editorial involvement. “Knowledge Vault autonomously gathers and merges information from across the web into a single base of facts about the world, and the people and objects in it,” says New Scientist. Google has reportedly assembled 1.6 billion “facts” and scored them according to confidence in their accuracy. Roughly 16 percent of the information in the database qualifies as “confident facts.”
Indeed, the article speaks of Knowledge Vault as the basis for future artificial intelligence applications, machine-to-machine communication, augmented reality, predictive models and virtual assistant use cases
The percentage of Defense Department contract dollars the Pentagon awards via competitive bids has been falling every year since 2008.
Kendall announced the changes and several others in a memo DoD distributed to defense leaders on Friday. On the same day, Kendall's office published a new 24-page book of guidelines for building competitive acquisition strategies within DoD. "Given the declining trend in competition in the department and in light of today's limited resources, we must maximize our use of direct and indirect competition. Every dollar saved through competition benefits the warfighter and the taxpayers," Kendall wrote. "The aforementioned guidance and requirements will be incorporated in the Defense Acquisition Guidebook and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement."
There seems little doubt that the external risk and compliance environment faced by multinational companies is becoming more complex by the day. Some multinationals have already placed risk management at the center of their strategic agenda, appointed a Chief Risk Officer, and focused on creating a coordinated approach to risk that encompasses quantitative and qualitative dimensions and applies a thorough, top down lens to the risk landscape and the corporate response. However, coordinating and understanding risk management from an organizational perspective remains highly challenging.
You shouldn't end a presentation with a slide that asks "Questions?" Ideally, you should take questions throughout the presentation so that the question asked and the answer given is relevant to the content presented. To be truly impactful, it is best to take questions and then finish with a closing that is as powerful as the beginning of your presentation. Use one of these approaches to make sure your presentation achieves the end result you desire.