Innovation

Ubiquity6 lets your friends visit your augmented reality

  If you look in a corner on the 20th floor of an office tower in the middle of downtown San Francisco, you might find a digital cat and mouse waiting for you. I put them just inside the offices of an augmented-reality startup, Ubiquity6,…

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You can now donate to Unicef by mining cryptocurrency 

Want a new way to improve the lives of children across the globe? Just do what you’re probably doing right now: browsing the internet. The Australian branch of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) just launched The HopePage. Open the site in your browser, and…

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We’re stuck in a loop of ‘unimaginative progress’

There is a lot of talk about the future of work with developments such as AI, telecommuting, and the gig economy making headlines. Techno-utopianists fantasize about a future where manual labour is obsolete; economic innovators dream of the transformative nature of a basic minimum wage;…

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You’ve got your approach to innovation all wrong. This is why

  Here’s the big issue – most organisations/teams/individuals only embark on innovation if they can travel in ways that reinforce existing routines. We seek new results through habitual methods. I call this conundrum the difference between ‘action’ – busily launching lots of innovation initiatives yet…

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3D-printing is helping to restore the world’s destroyed heritage sites

Monuments that stand as physical reminders of the ancient world and give insights into how our ancestors lived are being destroyed. In 2015, militant group ISIS reduced some of the oldest and most treasured world heritage sites to rubble. The al-Lat Lion, which stood in…

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How does a city become ‘smart’? Lessons from Tel Aviv

  Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords? Perhaps. But these types of cities are supported by the infrastructure that is more than bricks and mortar. These cities are smart (thoughtful, people-centric), digital (driven by data acquisition, measured, analyzed…

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Global R&D spending is now dominated by two countries

China’s rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property and the struggle to be the No.1 global technology power, according to patent experts. While U.S. President Donald…

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How the data you give away today could hurt your job prospects tomorrow

  It was the data breach that launched a thousand think pieces. A sea of ink has flowed, and billions of bytes have streamed in response to the recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal. The practices of both companies reveal a pervasive problem about how our data…

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Let’s destroy Bitcoin

  In 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto served the world an entirely new kind of currency. It was one that people could move over the internet instantaneously and nearly free of charge. Issued and distributed not by a central bank but by its own users, it drew the…

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Robot inventors are on the rise. But are they welcomed by the patent system?

Artificial Intelligence is now capable of performing tasks that have historically required human ingenuity, such as composing musicals, conducting orchestras, generating innovative ideas and drafting patent applications. This progress has the potential to improve efficiency and make savings across all industries. But as detailed in…

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