WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation
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A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click Recommend. Register to get the monthly newsletter here: http://fmcs.digital/newsletter-signup/
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eCommerce penetration varies widely by retail categories

eCommerce penetration varies widely by retail categories | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

The Global Retail E-Commerce Index™ ranks the top 30 countries for their e-commerce potential, based on several variables that rate both a country's current market and its potential for growth. The findings provide a wealth of information for retailers to use in developing successful global e-commerce strategies and identifying emerging market investment opportunities.

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eCommerce market and trends study by AT Kearney in 2015. The report highlights eCommerce penetration worldwide but also indicates the high variability of eCommerce penetration by industry categories. Electronics, books and apparels top the list while grocery is a the bottom. No surprise here.

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, December 19, 2015 9:21 AM

eCommerce market and trends study by AT Kearney in 2015. The report highlights eCommerce penetration worldwide but also indicates the high variability of eCommerce penetration by industry sectors. Electronics, books and apparels top the list while grocery is a the bottom. No surprise here.

Martin Smith's curator insight, May 17, 2016 12:41 AM
Cool stats for ecom
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OpenBR : Open Source Biometric Recognition paves the way for wide adoption

OpenBR : Open Source Biometric Recognition paves the way for wide adoption | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Open Source Biometric Recognition

A communal biometrics framework supporting the development of open algorithms and reproducible evaluations.

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Face recognition, gender detection, and age estimation are all now possible with this open source suite of software code. This should pave the way for wide adoption in all kind of applications, from retail store security cameras to hand held camera devices such as the narrative camera or others. I can think of so many use cases - both good and bad - where this technology can be deployed. Just a question of time...

 

http://getnarrative.com/

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/parashoot-smart-wearable-video-mini-hd-camera 

http://www.getperfectmemory.com/ 

 

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After analyzing 200 founders' postmortems, researchers say these are the reasons startups fail

After analyzing 200 founders' postmortems, researchers say these are the reasons startups fail | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
It's a common adage in Silicon Valley that 90% of startups ultimately fail. To understand why that's the case, a pair of researchers meticulously pored over 193 blog posts—startup postmortems, if you will—written by founders examining what went wrong. It was a heartwrenching experience for Kerry Jones, an employees at data-marketing firm Fractl, to be involved i
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This post has little to do with digital transformation but given my past experience and the large number of startups that focus on digital, transformation, disruption (or all of them) I though this post worthwhile to share.

 

Moreover, the reasons posted focus on few things: business model and funding. My company failed because of the business model. Yours?

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Ian Harris's curator insight, May 14, 2016 4:11 AM

This is the relevance of getting your business model right!

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Viv, from Siri's creators, is the virtual assistant of your dreams

Viv, from Siri's creators, is the virtual assistant of your dreams | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Siri made the world aware of the potential of virtual assistants, but several years after its release, it's still a bit basic. Siri can only do certain very specific tasks, and she doesn't play well with third-party services. So for their next product, Viv, the people behind Siri aimed to build a much more capable virtual assistant. And at this point, it looks like they've succeeded, judging from a brief demonstration today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City.

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Presenation of viv, a personal assistant technology from the makers of iPhone siri. But much better. Listen to the 15min video to see what is possible and a glympse into how it can be developed. You'll feel like you've peeked into the future...

 

One of the most interesting demo is what they call voice commerce, where you can order very easily flowers or hotel room. I can only imagine what I will be able to do with this technology to create grocery shopping lists!

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Amazon Replaced my local Grocery Store- why millenials will grocery shop online

Amazon Replaced my local Grocery Store- why millenials will grocery shop online | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Grocery stores are unique in that even in 2015 as you travel around the United States you will rarely find a standardized chain. Walmart Supercenters is probably the closest by definition, however
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Millenials are shopping differently than older generations. They see the value that comes from eCommerce solutions. Retailers thus should rethink their business models along the lines that innovating companies such as amazon fresh do.

 

Here are the reasons this millenial calls "perks" for using amazon fresh vs. walmart or other grocers. Take note:

- High quality produce
- Similar, and sometimes better product offering (for me anyway)
- Rotating inventory of local restaurants and vendors
- Custom home delivery time (with $4 suggested driver tip)
- Tracks purchases and gives recommendations
- Amazon Dash uses voice and barcodes to track groceries
- Compatible with the rest of Amazon inventory
- Comes with Prime free two day shipping and Prime Video.
- Dedicated mobile app (no need for grocery lists anymore)

 

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Arnaud Dubois's curator insight, May 12, 2016 10:51 AM
I wonder if, in the future, online stores and supermarkets will be combined/fusionned... Some people are already doing it today. But, isn't it a bit frightening? Doing litteraly almost everything from your couch? Going back to the traditional way is maybe an "escape" ?
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How spotify structures its teams to deliver products in agile fashion

How spotify structures its teams to deliver products in agile fashion | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Enjoy our extensive collection of member-contributed articles to learn how other Scrum practitioners use Scrum in the workplace
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The paper behind yesterday's spotify videos on their agile structure.

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Videos that describe Spotify engineering culture #mustWatch

Videos that describe Spotify engineering culture #mustWatch | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Here's part 1 of short animated video describing our engineering culture (here's part 2). This is a journey in progress, not a journey completed, and there's a lot of variation from squad to squad. So the stuff in the video isn't all true for all squads all the time, but it appears to be mostly true…
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Amazing two 15 min videos describing the engineering culture and organization of teams at spotify. In a nutshell they give team full autonomy to deliver products all the way to production, thus eliminating the possible excuses that one can have for not being able to reach their targets. AMAZING structure and video. Must watch.

 

And this does not apply only to startups. Established companies should consider re-organizing their teams based on the agile principles that spotify puts forwards. The projects that I see failing or suffering from delays and bloat in large companies I see around would be in much better shape if they implemented similar structures....

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Phil Walter's curator insight, May 11, 2016 4:25 AM

If you wan to know where our Digital Team aspires to be and is heading then watch this video from Spotify

Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, May 11, 2016 12:47 PM
Very smart way to organize work at Spotify
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Google Transparency Report gives insights into hacking & government requests for content

Google Transparency Report gives insights into hacking & government requests for content | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Data that sheds light on how laws and policies affect Internet users
and the flow of information online.

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Some data from Google that sheds light onto steps they use to protect our privacy and make us secure.

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I quick intro to Snapchat... so you can understand what your kids are raving about

I quick intro to Snapchat... so you can understand what your kids are raving about | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
I basically treated my Snapchat story like a personal photo and video journal, except it'd disappear after 24 hours so it wasn't a big deal if only a few people saw it. Even though my Snapchat is public, then, it's really only public to the people who happen to see it. It's a weird little conceit, but that makes me more willing to be my authentic self. I can be more experimental in how I portray myself. I can be a little more off the cuff. I can try out dumb jokes without fearing that people will laugh at me instead of with me. It's like performance theater.
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Take time on this mother's day to read this and install snapchat. You'll be able to discuss it with your teenager over lunch or dinner to understand why they are all using this tool over Facebook, and twitter, and other social networks. In a nutshell: because what you post is there for 24 hours, you are allowed to make mistakes. Exactly what teenagers experimenting with life is all about.

 

Should we have a snapchat for business? Would that make your colleagues use your internal company social network?

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Richer Fortin's curator insight, May 12, 2016 9:10 AM
ok thanks Farid, now I get it ^^
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World Password Day 2016

World Password Day 2016 | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Lock it down. Add another layer to your password. PasswordDay.org #PasswordDay
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Give yourself a gift and celebrate world password day: change your password this weekend. You won't regret it!

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MakeUseOf's curator insight, May 8, 2016 9:16 AM

Do it now! #PasswordDay

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Fêtons la Journée du mot de passe avec une histoire de vol de données

Fêtons la Journée du mot de passe avec une histoire de vol de données | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Un jeune hacker russe est prêt à vendre des centaines de millions d'identifiants et de mots de passe pour moins d'un dollar. Mais aucune raison d
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Même si vous êtes en retard, profitez-en ce weekend pour fêter et changer votre mot de passe: il n'est jamais trop tard pour être en sécurité!

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Mobile Retail Apps and Sites: 25 principles for a Better Experience for Shoppers

Mobile Retail Apps and Sites: 25 principles for a Better Experience for Shoppers | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
In a booming e-commerce market, you can rise above the pack by providing a mobile site or app with frictionless, simple experiences for omni-channel shoppers. From Google's UX Research Lead Jenny Gove and UX Design Lead Iram Mirza, here are 25 principles for designing a retail mobile site or app.
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This guide by Google presents 25 design principles to use when creating a mobile app or website.

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Will Online Groceries the the last frontier for eCommerce?

Will Online Groceries the the last frontier for eCommerce? | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Online groceries seem set for significant growth this year, according to a Morgan Stanley survey. Could it become the next big driver of global eCommerce?
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It will be 20 years since I launched the IGA eCommerce solution. I was too early for sure. Now it looks things may be moving in the right direction. Will online grocery be the last frontier for eCommerce? It sure looks like it!

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A catalog of 15 of the many ways Google knows more about you than you think

A catalog of 15 of the many ways Google knows more about you than you think | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it

Just how extensive are Google's tracking activities? When I started cataloging them, I was amazed. Here is a partial list of tracking methods Google is known to use. I'd wager that the list of tracking methods we don't know about is much longer.

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I love Google and their products. I love how they've pushed the enveloppe to draw digital into our lives. And I also know enough about what they do with the data to be careful. This article is great because it lists some of the most common ways in which Google tracks info about you.

 

Today, I don't mind about this invasion of my privacy, because what they do with the data seems pretty harmless to me - even maybe can be considered a service - which is to target better ads to me.

 

What is really scary is not what Google does with my data: after all, they are being scrutinized by so many and their business model depends on not abusing the information they gather about us. However this is not be true for the other companies that track information about me and do not share the same prying eyes as Google does: Apple? Facebook? Mastercard and Visa? Walmart? Governments?

 

THAT is something to worry about...

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Arnaud Dubois's curator insight, May 2, 2016 6:03 AM
Google, or probably the biggest assembly of big data in the world
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Google’s Snoops: Mining Our Data for Profit and Pleasure | Dissent Magazine

Google’s Snoops: Mining Our Data for Profit and Pleasure | Dissent Magazine | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Twenty-four hours a day, across more than sixty free product “platforms," Google is storing, indexing, and cross-referencing information about the activities of a billion people. What are the 30,000 prodigies at Google, Inc. doing with all that data?Continue Reading…
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A long read from a well respected psychologist on the power that Google employees have because of the amount of data the company accumulates. Must read for anyone interested in real-world examples of things that can go wrong with Big Data and data science.

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In the future, Big Data will make actual voting obsolete

In the future, Big Data will make actual voting obsolete | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Because I conduct research on how the Internet affects elections, journalists have lately been asking me about the primaries. Here are the two most common questions I’ve been getting: Do Google’s search rankings affect how people vote? How well does Google Trends predict the winner of each primary? My answer to the first questio
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Absolutely great essay on the power that Google - and other companies with access to our personal data, including Apple - the power that Big Data gives companies and potentially even to candidates. In a US election year, and with recent Netflix House of Card season, one can only be cautious that so much creativity not reflect a certain reality...

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Magento, hybris, IBM, Oracle Comparison April 2016

Magento, SAP hybris, IBM WebSphere Commerce, Oracle Commerce (ATG) e-commerce platform comparison including typical project, license, support, infrastructure m…
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This guy is obviously biased towards Magento but it is nice to see different solutions compared as is the case here. In particular, look at slide #9. Thank you Francois Medioni for the reference.

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What’s in a Content Marketing Stack? [WCM, DAM, CMP, etc] via @Gartner

What’s in a Content Marketing Stack? [WCM, DAM, CMP, etc] via @Gartner | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Marketers who have started to do content marketing typically find themselves doing topic research via myriad analytics tools, managing editorial calendars in excel, handling workflow with writers and creative via email, publishing content via separate blogs and websites and promoting it with existing, but usually disconnected marketing automation and social media tools (that’s if they aren’t doing any paid promotion). At scale, this breaks down.

Enter the Content Marketing Platform (CMP) where players like Newscred, Skyword, Kapost, Curata, Percolate (whose ambitions seem to reach beyond content marketing) and more have built tools to help marketers get a handle on the creation process. But most have stayed away from competing with either the Web Content Management (WCM) or the DAM players which are made up of a group of established names.  The most common content marketing tech stacks observed in enterprise clients (clients see Content Marketing Point Solutions Bring Agility to Web Content Management Workflows) is a combination of either:

CMP + WCM + Marketing Hub/Marketing Automation + Content Marketing Point Tools
CMP + WordPress (in addition to branded website) + Marketing Hub/Marketing Automation + Content Marketing Point Tools

Via marketingIO
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A great blog post that sheds light into the murky waters of marketing tools and solutions to manage content. Specifically, it speaks of web content management (WCM), digital asset management (DAM) and contentn marketing point (CMP) tools, amongst others.

 

Ties in great with the recent posts on marketing tools universe here http://sco.lt/6ir5EH and here http://sco.lt/8dD2WH 

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marketingIO's curator insight, April 22, 2016 1:37 PM

Which is a subset of the marketing stack.

 

marketingIO: One Source for All Marketing Technology Challenges. See our solutions.  

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Canadian Tire enhances 2016 paper catalogue via #augmentedReality

Canadian Tire enhances 2016 paper catalogue via #augmentedReality | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
La décision de Canadian Tire d’effectuer un retour au papier est saluée par Jean Rickli, conseiller principal associé au J.C. Williams Group. « Ils vont aller chercher différents types de clients. Les personnes plus âgées, moins habiles avec les applications, et les plus jeunes, qui voient t&hel
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(in french, english here)

Canadian Tire follows the likes of IKEA catalogue, real estatetechnical publication, tourist guides and other applications to extends its paper catalogue with additional information using mobile phone technologies. Not sure the IKEA project received huge success but again this was 2013 and a lot has changed in the past 3 years.

 

With virtual reality (VR) being trumpeted as the next big thing, Augmented Reality (AR) may actually provide something more useful and less intrusive - thus leading to faster and larger adoption? Microsoft hololens project sure thinks that way.

 

http://bit.ly/1SEJeS8 

http://sco.lt/6g6TZp 

http://conference.corp.at/archive/CORP2013_128.pdf 

http://www.inglobetechnologies.com/docs/whitepapers/AR_printing_whitepaper_en.pdf 

http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-transformation-of-businesses/?tag=Augmented+Reality 

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Minecraft Architecture: What Architects Can Learn From a Video Game

Minecraft Architecture: What Architects Can Learn From a Video Game | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
“Whilst the architects of today grew up playing with LEGO, I have no doubt the next generation will have played Minecraft,” Delaney says. “People have to stop thinking of it as a game. It’s a CAD tool, and as such it is the most widely used one in the world. We’re looking forward to bridging the gaps between design and reality.”
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Games can provide a platform for more serious work than just play. Here, the minecraft game is being reviewed but so is the case for the unity 3D game engine, the market leader, has a whole category of non-games applications developed using their engine, from medical to food cooking applications

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2016 Marketing Technology Landscape references over 4000 companies

2016 Marketing Technology Landscape references over 4000 companies | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
What marketers need to know about the evolving marketing technology landscape. Review the infographic now to learn more about martech.
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Been tracking this technology landscape since its beginning in 2011 when it only referenced 150 companies. This remains one of the best tool to make CMOs and other executives understand that marketing is technology enabled and a leader in digital transformation in the organization.

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Da Silva's curator insight, April 27, 2016 3:39 AM
What about Database Publishing Systems and Catalog automation in the 2016 Marketing Technology Landscape?
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Marketing Landscape in a new and dynamic chart

Marketing Landscape in a new and dynamic chart | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
An interactive visualization of the marketing universe. With input from over 100 CMOs Growthverse represents a taxonomy of the marketing technology ecosystem.
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Amazing reference of over 800 companies that deliver solutions for marketing automation and other marketing activities.

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Tesco unpacks automated shopping via new mobile integration via @alaincc

Tesco unpacks automated shopping via new mobile integration via @alaincc | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
Supermarket chain Tesco has teamed up with mobile application IFTTT to automatically update shoppers’ virtual carts by prompting them to sign up for various triggers – such as product price changes – to add the appropriate item when the specified parameters are met.
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The future of eCommerce where your fridge automatically adds salmon to your weekly grocery basket because it has just gone on special and you are low. Sounds futuristic but really it isn't.  And much better than having to go through a catalog of product.

 

Retailers should thus emulate Tesco to make their product catalog more open and easier to connect to.

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Forrester Report provides insight on digital transformation of the logistic technologies

In the age of the customer, merchandise availability and lead time are critical di erentiating elements
of the customer experience. Existing and new technologies provide both the threat and opportunity for retailers and brands of unprecedented availability and lead-time transparency. Application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals have to help their line-of-business leaders to understand which logistics capabilities they can outsource and which are core to their brand value. For such distinctive capabilities, they must decide which types of supporting applications and which enabling technologies they should deploy to deliver the channel, local availability, and service-level lead time to support their brand promise. is report provides an overview of key logistics technologies, their level of maturity, and the opportunity they present for both users and vendors.

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Amazing review of OMS, PIM, inventory management and 20 other applications that are key to transform the digital logistics in any organization.

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A programming language for living cells

A programming language for living cells | WHY IT MATTERS: Digital Transformation | Scoop.it
MIT biological engineers have created a programming language that allows them to rapidly design complex, DNA-encoded circuits that give new functions to living cells.
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Looks like software really is everywhere. Scientists have successfully used techniques from the microelectronics industry (verilog, silicon compilers) to codify and genetically modify bacteria to detect certain conditions such as e.coli viruses. Will the future of genetic engineering become energized as much as the microelectronics industry was when silicon compilers were introduced? I assume it will.

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Filipa Alves Fonseca's curator insight, April 21, 2016 10:30 PM
huge future possibilities
Numalis's curator insight, April 22, 2016 2:28 AM
Biology merging with computer science would bring a brand new domain to explore. And so many questions to answer: What are the limits of such systems? How to ensure they will do what they are supposed to do properly? Could we replace all the analogic sensors by biological sensors? But more importantly how to validate these systems and turn them off if something goes wrong?
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