There’s a surplus of ideas that will never reach you, the consumer. Why?

There’s a surplus of ideas that will never reach you, the consumer. Why?

When business leaders get together to talk about innovating their industries, they typically focus on initiatives like improving government funding for basic research, or building technology hubs and incubators. But a crucial element of “innovation” is often absent from these discussions: the final products. That’s…

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Aggregating with Apache Spark

An aggregate in mathematics is defined as a « collective amount, sum, or mass arrived at by adding or putting together all components, elements, or parts of an assemblage or group without implying that the resulting total is whole. » While there are many uses for aggregation…

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Building the cities of the future means embracing complexity

The way we design our cities needs a serious rethink. After thousands of years of progress in urban development, we plateaued some 60 years ago. Cities are not safer, healthier, more efficient, or more equitable. They are getting worse on these measures. The statistics on…

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Why CarMax’s “shock the system” digital strategy is working

In this Q&A, Mohammad offers a view into what digital transformation means for the $15 billion automotive retailer CarMax. Martha Heller: What does digital transformation mean at CarMax? Shamim Mohammad: CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, and we have always gained market…

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5 infographics that explain one year of blockchain news

If you work in finance or own any bitcoin, you likely already know about blockchain technology. But for those in neither category, here’s a quick overview of a year’s worth of news about blockchains, databases that essentially make records more verifiable and permanent. For this…

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CEOs’ lack of success metrics dampens digital prospects

  CEOs view digital technologies as a vital engine to drive revenue growth and boost the bottom line, creating runways for CIOs to innovate and create their way to new customer-facing capabilities. But with most CEOs lacking a coherent definition of digital, much less a…

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Frugal innovation: the quiet revolution that is fighting off inequality

  Inequality is the defining social, political and economic phenomenon of our time. Just 1% of the world’s population now holds over 35% of all private wealth, more than the bottom 95% combined. Bad as this may seem, trends suggest that the situation will only…

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The uncanny valley: why robots make us feel uneasy

  Robots raise all kinds of concerns. They could steal our jobs, as some experts think. And if artificial intelligence grows, they might even be tempted to enslave us, or to annihilate the whole of humanity. Robots are strange creatures, and not only for these…

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How do you teach a driverless car to drive?

Learning how to drive is an ongoing process for we humans as we adapt to new situations, new road rules and new technology, and learn the lessons from when things go wrong. But how does a driverless car learn how to drive, especially when something…

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9 top names in tech give their view on the rise of robots

  In fulfilment centers around the US, thousands of tiny orange robots sort packages for Amazon. In a California factory, red, multi-armed machines assemble Tesla’s electric vehicles of the future. This is the world the tech industry is creating. According to most available data, the…

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