How a handful of companies is forging the future of robotics engineering

How a handful of companies is forging the future of robotics engineeringRobotics are going to be a critical part of how we solve the big problems of the future. Unfortunately, it’s still an immature industry, hampered by a lack of standards, a focus on proprietary hardware and software, and no institutionalized mechanism for sharing knowledge among […]

 

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.  […]

 

From photography to supercomputers: how we see ourselves in our inventions

From photography to supercomputers: how we see ourselves in our inventions

Back in 2008, the technologist Ray Kurzweil estimated that the processing power of the human brain was in the region of 20 quadrillion calculations per second and that, as soon as we developed a supercomputer fast enough, simulating the brain would just be a problem of getting the software right. It was announced last month that the world’s fastest supercomputer, China’s Tianhe-2, can carry out almost 34 quadrillion calculations per second, meaning that, according to Kurzweil, we have the potential to simulate one and two-thirds of a human brain inside a single machine.

The idea that we could fit “one and two-thirds” of our brain function in a computer may seem a little flippant but it is not an unreasonable conclusion if you think of the brain as primarily a calculating engine. If this seems a little distant from your everyday experience, the idea that the mind is this “computation at work” is an assumption so embedded in modern neuroscience that it’s almost impossible to find anyone arguing for a non-computational science of the brain.  […]

 

Elon Musk’s secret fear: Artificial Intelligence will turn deadly in 5 years

Elon Musk's secret fear: Artificial Intelligence will turn deadly in 5 years

There’s plenty of debate over the singularity — a hypothetical future moment where software becomes self-aware and smart beyond our capacity to understand. Some say it will be a boon for humanity; some foresee an Artificial Intelligence-driven apocalypse. We already knew that Elon Musk was in the latter camp. […]

 

Ray Kurzweil on Human-Level Computer Intelligence

Google Inc (GOOGL)’s Ray Kurzweil on Human-Level Computer Intelligence

Google Inc. has been a company that has worked continuously towards making the software and computing better and closure to human psychology. Ray Kurzweil, director of Engineering at the No.1 brand in the world was confident that the barrier between humans and computers would be reduced sooner. Google […]

 

Is artificial intelligence too big for a single machine?

Is artificial intelligence too big for a single machine?

But three forces have transformed that assumption in the last few years: the surge in data of all kinds, rapid progress in software to find patterns and insights in data, and advances in the technology of data processing, storage and communication. Now, computing intelligence can be dispersed globally, marshaled […]

 

Why Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur (Infographic)

Why Everyone Will Have to Become an Entrepreneur (Infographic)

It used to be that entrepreneurs were the renegade cowboys out in Silicon Valley. Nowadays, you have to be an entrepreneur just to get and hold a job.

Consultants and freelancers are cheaper than full-time staffers with benefits, software developers overseas cost a fraction of what they cost in the U.S. and, by 2030, robots will be able to perform most manual labor, according to an infographic (below) from San Francisco-based startup organization Funders and Founders. Even employees who are employed in large corporations are encouraged to be “intrapreneurs,” meaning that they are in many cases given company time to come up with disruptive ways of thinking about corporate organization and practices. […]

 

The Innovation Advantage Smaller Organizations Enjoy

images (96)When it comes to innovation, smaller organizations often gain an entrepreneurial edge. Among my various sideline endeavors I serve on the Advisory Board of  Wendia North America , a provider of ITIL-compatible service management software. Wendia’s U.S. team is the American counterpart to  Wendia AG International , a Swiss company […]

 

The TV of Tomorrow & the Living Room of the Future

The TV of Tomorrow & the Living Room of the FutureBoth Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict that the traditional movie theater experience is on the way out. People want their entertainment content on demand. That goes for television also. Just this year Nielsen reported that 30 million consumers are now watching TV on their mobile devices. But don’t count the TV in your living room out of the picture just yet. It seems the future of television involves a brand new mix of hardware and software.  […]

 

Empathy Before Innovation

When some of our clients begin looking for innovation management software , they often already have an idea of what it is they want and how they want to use it. Part of our job to ensure our clients’ success is to shake up their presumptions about innovation while […]

 
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