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 chronic...

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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 share...

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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 analysis, we...

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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 success...

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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 get...

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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 frequently invoked...

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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 goes...

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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 next 20 years...

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The Best Sources to Study Machine Learning and AI: Quora Session Highlight

Ben Hamner, Kaggle co-founder and CTO, held a Quora Session last month answering questions on the future of Kaggle, machine learning and AI, and data science workflows. Here we highlight his advice for studying machine learning in eight steps. Now is better than ever before to...

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The human side of the data revolution

For over a decade, data has been at or near the top of the enterprise agenda. A robust ecosystem has emerged around all aspects of data (collection, management, storage, exploitation and disposition). And yet in my discussions with Global 2000 executives, I find many are...

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