Innovation

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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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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