Designing for the Internet of things

Designing for the Internet of things

The IoT calls for nothing less than a new era of design And the designers that define it will be the architects of the modern world By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the web, from lamp posts, cars and doorbells to your pet dog and […]

 

The Power Of Data To Create Powerful Change

The Power Of Data To Create Powerful ChangeData is our savior! Data is a scourge! Data leads straight to social impact! Data crowds out the all-important human dimension! Data squashes innovation! Data is plural! Data is singular!

This is the third installment in a series—7 Reasons for Social Innovation Optimism—on exciting new developments that have the potential to drive greater impact on our biggest social challenges.

I’m hyperbolizing, but it feels fair to say that data is among the most powerful, under-utilized, and incompletely understood forces in social problem solving. The time has come to wrap our arms around it, redefine it, and find its full potential for driving better human outcomes. Used well, data will help us along the pathway to large-scale change that can address the huge social needs of individuals and communities, […]

 

Don’t Grow For Growth’s Sake: Smart Growth For Social Enterprises

Don't Grow For Growth's Sake: Smart Growth For Social Enterprises

“How small can I stay, while still driving big, transformative impact?” It’s an exciting question some social entrepreneurs are now asking themselves as they consider how to turn a good idea into a scalable solution.

This is the second installment in a series—7 Reasons for Social Innovation Optimism—on exciting new developments that have the potential to drive greater impact on our biggest social challenges. […]

 

7 Reasons For Social Innovation Optimism

7 Reasons For Social Innovation Optimism

Comb through the statistics on poverty, education, and other social indicators in America and you won’t find yourself wanting for sobering information. Nearly 50 million Americans are living in poverty. Low-income kids are stuck in low-performing schools. Unemployment rates among minorities, particularly young people, remain stubbornly high. Approximately 70% of incarcerated people are re-arrested within a few years of their release.  […]

 

Chris Anderson on Why Community-Driven Companies Will Always Win

bcgChris Anderson has a unique perspective on technology-driven innovation. He was the editor in chief of Wired for more than ten years, and he’s written two New York Times best-selling books on the digital economy—The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More and Free: How Today’s Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing. In 2009, he made the move from keen observer to hands-on player and maker when he cofounded 3D Robotics, a company that makes unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology—that is, drones. His career change followed the release of his book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, which describes how technology is transforming manufacturing.  […]

 

Electronic noses sniff out cancer

Electronic noses sniff out cancer

Specially trained dogs have been reported to sniff out cancers in humans; scientists around the world are now trying to replicate that ability with “electronic noses.” The Na-Nose is a nanomaterial-based system developed by the Laboratory for Nano-material Based Devices, at Technion, in Israeli. The device is being researched […]

 

Predicting the world in 2025

Predicting the world in 2025

What will life be like in the future? Science fiction giants like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells have tried to answer this question with mixed success. Some of their predictions, like automatic doors, teleconferencing and even the Internet are conveniences we now take for granted. Others, like subterranean continents and time machines are still just fiction. Is there an accurate and reliable way to anticipate the future?

Today we released a new report, The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of Innovation, that uses global patent data from Derwent World Patents Index and Thomson Innovation and citation rankings and analytics from Web of Science and InCites to pinpoint the hot spots of innovation that will lead to tomorrow’s biggest breakthroughs.  […]

 

Apple’s Big Innovation At WWDC: Becoming The Fabric That Binds Apps

Apple's Big Innovation At WWDC: Becoming The Fabric That Binds Apps

If the technology community was hoping for glitzy new innovations from Apple at its annual WWDC  keynote on Monday , they’ll find as much of it in the dull, backend infrastructure to iOS 8 apps as they will in the stuff that consumers see everyday. Apple seemed to  borrow heavily from other […]

 

The Next Decade in Disruptive Tech

The Next Decade in Disruptive Tech

As a technology futurist and innovation expert, I’m often asked, “Which technologies do you think will have the biggest impact on humankind over the next decade?” When answering this question, it’s important to note that many things will not change in the future, including basic human behavior and a […]

 

5 of the coolest projects in the works at AT&T’s innovation center

5 of the coolest projects in the works at AT&T’s innovation center

While AT&T is far from the heady, innovative days of Bell Labs in its prime, the telecom giant is still trying to keep that spirit alive. Last week at a small press gathering hosted at AT&T’s massive and windowless skyscraper in the Tribeca neighborhood (the company’s […]

 
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