Innovation

How technology is driving a fourth wave of environmentalism

In any era, the hard work of environmental progress requires the best available tools. Today those tools include technological innovations that are giving corporations and NGOs alike new capabilities and supercharging the partnerships between them. Sensors, data analytics, machine learning and blockchain are just some…

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Researchers are using virtual-reality to train drones

Training drones to fly fast, around even the simplest obstacles, is a crash-prone exercise that can have engineers repairing or replacing vehicles with frustrating regularity. Now MIT engineers have developed a new virtual-reality training system for drones that enables a vehicle to “see” a rich,…

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The science behind going with your instincts

Imagine the director of a big company announcing an important decision and justifying it with it being based on a gut feeling. This would be met with disbelief – surely important decisions have to be thought over carefully, deliberately and rationally? Indeed, relying on your…

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These restaurants are serving virtual food

Restaurants wanting to cash in on people increasingly sharing food photos are spicing up their menus with virtual cuisine that patrons can post across social media. To lift sales, fast food chains are turning to augmented reality to attract a new generation of customers. It’s…

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Trust in tech governance: the one success factor common to all 4IR technologies

If there is one factor critical to the success of all Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies, from AI to gene editing, from robotics to nanotech, it is trust in technology governance. It is the one necessary condition for all these technologies to deliver on their…

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This new treatment could put an end to the common cold

The common cold is so engrained into everyday life that it’s easy to forget just how, well, “common” it really is. American adults suffer an average of two to three colds per year and children catch even more, according to the Centers for Disease Control…

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Blockchain needs innovators and risk managers working together

When it comes to blockchain, companies still have a lot to figure out. Many CIOs and technologists I speak with admit they’re still on the hunt for the right use case. Is there a killer application for blockchain beyond cryptocurrency? Analysts sure think so: Gartner…

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Retail innovation: Words to the wise

The last few years have hit the retail industry hard, from social and economic upsets to the huge impact of ecommerce and the proliferation of consumer technology. The playing field is no longer level, the playbook has been rewritten and the rules redefined. Nowhere is…

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We need a new Operating System for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Society’s operating system needs an upgrade. The model we have been using is simply not up to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A new era is unfolding at breakneck speed. It has huge potential to address some of the world’s most critical challenges,…

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This is why leaders should focus on long-term growth

Pressure from Wall Street often compels CEOs to focus on the next quarter so that they can meet short-term expectations. But while it is important to meet short-term goals, it is equally – if not more – important to emphasize longer-term objectives. CEOs who adopt…

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