Innovation

Is there a new Nordic trend in urban planning?

Foodies around the world have over the past years enjoyed cabbage, herbs and even ants as part of a growing Nordic food trend. Others have been entertained by the Nordic Noir televisions series “The Bridge”, “The Killing” and “Borgen”. The next wave in Nordic innovation…

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China is about to get its first vertical forest

They could be the breath of fresh air that pollution-choked cities desperately need. Vertical forests – high-rise buildings covered with trees and plants – absorb carbon dioxide, filter dust from pollution and produce oxygen. They’re also an ingenious way of planting more trees and creating…

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Your smartphone could soon translate your thoughts into text

  Breakthrough A new system developed by a team of researchers from Japan’s Toyohashi University of Technology can read people’s minds using brainwaves. To test the technology, participants in a study of the system were asked to say numbers out loud and used a robot…

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How the disruptive power of Blockchain could impact the digital economy

Throughout time, the single greatest creator of wealth in human history has been global trade, and market friction has been the greatest inhibitor to create wealth. Over the years, as businesses and processes have evolved and become more automated, the industry has overcome many different…

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Self-driving cars or predictive policing: what scares you most about AI?

  People in Britain are more scared of the artificial intelligence embedded in household devices and self-driving cars than in systems used for predictive policing or diagnosing diseases. That’s according to a survey commissioned by the Royal Society, which is billed as the first in-depth…

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Digital disruption is coming but most businesses don’t have a plan

  Most business leaders agree that digital transformation — a wave of business innovation fueled by technology — is disrupting their business or soon will be, but fewer than half have enacted a digital strategy, according to a new report by Harvard Business Review Analytic…

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Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright

Elon Musk just detailed his ambitious plans for a new brain-computer interface platform. Superathlete Tom Brady revealed his “brain resiliency programme” to increase his athletic edge. Elite US military units are testing brain stimulation headsets to stimulate neuroplasticity and boost mental and physical performance. And…

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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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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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