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The Science of Traffic: Can IoT Help End Congestion?

The Science of Traffic: Can IoT Help End Congestion?Like most great ideas, they appear simple and logical once they’re created.  INRIX  is no different. When the company was founded nearly a decade ago, drivers and departments of transportation relied on expensive sensors installed in a few roads to understand real-time traffic conditions. Now INRIX is at the […]

 

A helping (robotic) hand for the elderly

A helping (robotic) hand for the elderlyWith ageing populations in much of the developed world, care for the elderly is a looming crisis. Many believe that the answer to a chronic shortage of human care-workers lies in breakthroughs in robotics—from robots that clean floors and help around the home, or dexterous artificial arms that can […]

 

Daimler’s Driverless 18-Wheelers Approved to Cruise Nevada’s Highways

Daimler’s Driverless 18-Wheelers Approved to Cruise Nevada’s Highways

This summer, while road tripping through Nevada, you may pull up to the sleek silver cab of an 18-wheeler, and get a shock—the driver isn’t looking at the road, and his hands aren’t on the wheel. Is he…reading?

Daimler driverless Freightliner Inspiration truck.

Nevada, one of the first states to write legislation regulating the testing and operation of driverless vehicles, just okayed Daimler’s futuristic Freightliner Inspiration driverless trucks for the highway. But truck drivers need not fear for their jobs—these trucks won’t replace any humans just yet. They’re here to help.  […]

 

The Digital Imperative

The Digital Imperative

When consumer needs and competitive landscapes are rapidly evolving, it’s no longer possible to craft a long-term strategy, assign responsibility and performance targets, and execute a three- to five-year plan. “Agile” methods successfully pioneered in software development at companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter have shown real advantages through learning by doing, rapidly and frequently delivering working products inspired by real consumer needs, developing innovative delivery methods and value propositions, and adapting to changing requirements.  […]

 

There’s No Such Thing as Corporate DNA

UnknownThe phrase “corporate DNA” trips off the tongue of many CEOs these days. In unsettled times, staying true to a company’s defining essence is seen as important. But this view, although widely held, is mistaken. Over the last six decades—pretty much since Watson and Crick discovered the structure of […]

 

The Butterfly Effect: Harnessing the Power of Information for Sustainable Luxury

The Butterfly Effect: Harnessing the Power of Information for Sustainable Luxury

Diana Verde Nieto, CEO of Positive Luxury, is on a mission to encourage an open dialogue between brands and consumers about sustainability. Katie Wadsworth (MBA2016) finds out why organisations like Burberry and Louis Vuitton have already joined the mission.

To many consumers, the words “sustainable” and “luxury” mentioned in the same breath seem incongruous, almost an oxymoron. After all, how can a high-end brand selling beautifully crafted products to the wealthy possibly make a positive social and environmental impact in the world?  […]

 

The coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than us

The coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than usRay Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true: that by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain.  He also predicted that Moore’s Law , which postulates that the processing capability of a computer doubles […]

 

Futurist Ray Kurzweil: Nanotech is the key to better EV batteries

Futurist Ray Kurzweil: Nanotech is the key to better EV batteriesLiving up to his billing as an inventor/visionary, Ray Kurzweil kicked off an engineering conference in Detroit this week by imagining what might power cars of the future. Sure, he mentioned the self-driving cars his employer Google is working on, but a more interesting response was to a question […]

 

3D Printed Electronic Devices Are Coming

3D Printed Electronic Devices Are Coming

The handheld computers we carry in our pockets represent almost unimaginable complexity. Batteries, sensors, chips, circuits, and touch displays in a space age shell, all painstakingly assembled by thousands of workers and shipped globally. Smartphones have disrupted numerous industries. Up next? Disrupting how such modern marvels are made. What if you could […]

 

Researchers have grown the first contracting human skeletal muscle

Researchers have grown the first contracting human skeletal muscle

Growing contracting human muscles that responds to stimuli like real tissue sounds more like science fiction than modern science. But it has officially been done, and this could mean a whole new world for testing pharmaceuticals and studying diseases. A new study out of Duke University led by Nenad […]

 
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