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Innovation: Harnessing 3.8 Billion Years of R&D

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Point: If you’re stuck on how to solve a problem, see if nature has already solved that problem.


Story: Nature has already solved many challenges; the best solutions have survived and improved through evolution.

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Virtual reality in the workplace: Fact or fiction

Virtual reality in the workplace: Fact or fiction | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
In recent years, virtual reality (VR) has captivated our imagination, filling the minds of the masses with potential use cases that seemed straight out of the pages of science fiction films.    

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Harnessing the Secret Structure of Innovation

Harnessing the Secret Structure of Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Sustained innovation success is not the result of artful intuition or heroic vision but of a deliberate search using key information signals.
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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Engineering Profession

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Engineering Profession | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Over the years, movies have often featured intelligent machines ruling our lives — think Optimus Prime in Transformers, The Terminator and Sonny in I, Robot. They all had one thing in common — the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
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Unlocking innovation budgets: How to tap into R&D tax incentives before it's too late

Unlocking innovation budgets: How to tap into R&D tax incentives before it's too late | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Research and development (R&D) is just as prominent in the world of agencies as it is in any scientist’s lab or engineer’s workshop. Take up of government support to maintain this fast R&D pace is on the up, but there’s still a long way to go. And while agencies with a 31 March year-end need to hurry to meet their R&D tax credit deadline, they could see a quick benefit if they do.

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Here's All the Proof You Need That Technology Is Utterly Transforming Our Society

Here's All the Proof You Need That Technology Is Utterly Transforming Our Society | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
A team of Australian scientists recently announced plans to use 3D printing and virtual reality (VR) to bring a dinosaur back to life. No, it won’t actually be alive, but it will feel like it is. The team will 3D print a tactile version of the creature, and a VR experience will make the model feel real.
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How to Find Job Candidates That Are Really Innovative (and Not Faking It)

How to Find Job Candidates That Are Really Innovative (and Not Faking It) | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
To stock your company with innovators, you have to know what roles they play.
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Harnessing the Secret Structure of Innovation

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Sustained innovation success is not the result of artful intuition or heroic vision but of a deliberate search using key information signals.
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Why Armrest Innovation Is the New Passenger Experience Battleground

Why Armrest Innovation Is the New Passenger Experience Battleground | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Until recently, the armrest seems to have been a forgotten element of the airline seat, its role in providing comfort to passengers overlooked and taken for granted. However, with ten and 11 abreast layouts in economy on the horizon for larger aircraft types, any extra surface area passengers can rightfully claim as their own is becoming a priority – even if it is meagre compensation for a shrinking seat pitch.

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Pasta sauce from cashews? 'Desperate' food industry looking to innovate says nuts to tradition

Pasta sauce from cashews? 'Desperate' food industry looking to innovate says nuts to tradition | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Can you actually drink a cloud?  Irwin Adam Eydelnant is happy to show you how.

With a PhD in biomedical engineering, he knows the right technique can turn fruit juice into a fine mist. "By putting voltage through a crystal we make it vibrate at ultrasonic frequencies," he says, "which rips apart the surface of the liquid."

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Why The Pentagon Should Worry About Lack Of Innovation In Electric Utility Sector

Why The Pentagon Should Worry About Lack Of Innovation In Electric Utility Sector | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Electric utilities spend scandalously few dollars on research and development.

The electricity sector in the United States spends at most a few tenths of one percent of net sales revenue on R&D. To put this in perspective, the electronics and pharmaceutical sectors typically invest between 8% and 12% of net sales in R&D.

“In fact, investment rates for the electricity sector are the lowest of any major industrial sector, with the exception of the pulp and paper industry,” wrote Massoud Amin, a professor of engineering at the University of Minnesota, in 2008.

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Why the startup accelerator is failing robotics

Why the startup accelerator is failing robotics | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Just like humans, companies have life cycles and undergo distinct developmental phases.

While every company is unique, almost all go through certain stages with specific challenges and needs. As a result, organizations such as incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces have been established to help entrepreneurs nurture and scale their companies.

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The Future Of Robots Is All Too Human

The Future Of Robots Is All Too Human | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Since 2000, the US has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs. Some say that the loss is due to foreign competition, primarily from China. Others say that it is due to higher productivity from automation and factories simply don’t need as many workers. Historically, those two trends, globalization and automation, have reinforced each other.

Yet a study by Boston Consulting Group suggests that they are starting to diverge. As automation lowers production costs, the logic of offshoring isn’t as compelling as it once was because transportation and other factors cancel out many of the benefits of moving to a low-cost country.

So we’re going to need to rethink automation. We can no longer see it merely as a way to replace workers with machines that can work all day without a coffee break, but as a way to increase productivity and create value by extending the work of humans. That means that if we are going to reap the full benefits of automation, we need to think more about people.


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The Promise of Smart Cities and What It Means for Startups

The Promise of Smart Cities and What It Means for Startups | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
The terms innovation and city government don't often find their way into the same sentence. City hall has traditionally been perceived as a place for political log jams, procedures, policies and paperwork. But with the advent of smart cities, all of that is beginning to change.
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Why open borders are crucial for innovation

Why open borders are crucial for innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
American innovation has been the envy of the world for the last century. Our ability to discover scientific breakthroughs, invent disruptive technologies and build successful companies that make those advances broadly available has been unparalleled. This creativity is the product of a culture that is uniquely open to new ideas, that encourages and rewards risk taking, that values people for what they achieve, not where they come from. It is also the result of a constant supply of talented people from outside the United States, many of whom came to this country seeking world-class education and an open society where they could thrive.

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Your data, your health: How we’re sensoring the human body

Your data, your health: How we’re sensoring the human body | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
While most eras are defined by tools, and revolutions defined by industrial advancement, it’s perhaps even more true that various ages of humanity could be defined by the lengthening lifespan of our species.

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Inside Building 8, Facebook's Secret Innovation Weapon

Inside Building 8, Facebook's Secret Innovation Weapon | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
In April 2016, Facebook announced the launch of Building 8, a research lab to develop hardware projects in the style of DARPA. The internet behemoth even enlisted former DARPA executive Regina Dugan to head up the division. Dugan, who was part of Google’s advanced projects division before taking on Building 8, has been leading an “all-star roster of tech veterans” since the project started.

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As school budgets continue to be stretched, technical innovation in the classroom is more important than ever

As school budgets continue to be stretched, technical innovation in the classroom is more important than ever | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Schools are looking at a £3billion funding squeeze, and a new Parliamentary inquiry launching this week is set to investigate why, despite ongoing initiatives, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills gap continues to grow.
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Technology is being re-invented in Europe. These entrepreneurs are leading the charge

Technology is being re-invented in Europe. These entrepreneurs are leading the charge | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
The final phase of the Re-Inventors series highlights the exciting individuals launching the next wave of startups
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4 Ways Startups Can Harness Innovation and Disruption

4 Ways Startups Can Harness Innovation and Disruption | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Let 2017 be the year you take new risks, make bold decisions and find new ways to transform, innovate and disrupt.
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Warning! Are You Hindering Your Employees' Creativity?

Warning! Are You Hindering Your Employees' Creativity? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Startups tend to build multitasking champions. Daily, entrepreneurs and their team members deal with a fast-paced, ever-changing set of responsibilities demanding feedback, ideas and execution. And the inherent challenges can develop employees' knowledge, skills and persistence.

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Do People Really Want Amazon’s Latest Innovation?

Do People Really Want Amazon’s Latest Innovation? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Amazon Go markets boast cool technology and quick checkouts, but a new survey indicates that checkout time is not the most important factor for consumers.
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Ensuring Artificial Intelligence Helps Humanity

Ensuring Artificial Intelligence Helps Humanity | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence shapes everything from the music we hear, to the web pages and news stories suggested to us, to whether taxis are nearby, to the way our cars drive, to the way we work. So how AI develops is more than a computer science issue. It’s an issue for humans to grapple with.

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Why the Success of Marketing 3.0 Will Be Driven by Design

Why the Success of Marketing 3.0 Will Be Driven by Design | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
The digital revolution has exploded over the last 20 years, and it’s created an incredibly interesting irony: The impact technology has on how products are planned, produced and promoted seems to be growing smaller, not bigger.

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Why we’re leaving the traditional office behind

Why we’re leaving the traditional office behind | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Nearly half of the Swiss workforce should no longer be bound by location due to digital technology and the sharing economy. These trends have fueled a rise in co-working. I joined the bandwagon and here is why I ‘co-work’.
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The OCC's Unimaginative Approach to Innovation

The OCC's Unimaginative Approach to Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is refashioning itself to be innovation friendly. It started appropriately by admitting that it had a problem: “a low risk tolerance for innovative products and services.” It then set out to remedy the problem by, among other things, setting up an innovation office and proposing a special purpose national bank charter for fintech firms. That’s all well and good, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Based on the terms that the OCC laid out in its recent draft document on “evaluating charter applications from financial technology companies,” there is not going to be much pudding eating.

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