Author Archives: Andy Heikkila

In Innovation We Trust, But Not in Automation

You don’t need Bloomberg to tell you that people fear automation; automation is commonly linked to unemployment and chalked up as “robots stealing our jobs.” Donald Trump tapped into that fear plenty during the 2016 elections. It was palpable. Interestingly, while Trump played on this fear, he didn’t capture the reality of the situation at all.

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Innovation vs. Ethics: The road to hell is paved with good intentions

  Mary Shelley’s 1818 depiction of Victor Frankenstein and his abomination has become synonymous with the creation of monsters since, both literally and figuratively. Innovations often take on lives of their own, independent of their innovators’ wishes and intentions, and though perhaps created with the best of intentions, the old adage is that “the road to hell is paved with ...

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When the Blockchain Meets the Road

An Exciting Future vs. Government Regulation -- The future of human travel is exciting. We conquered the skies when the Wright brothers took flight in 1903, only after turning our attention from the invention of the underground railway in London in the late 1800s. Since then, we’ve come to traverse the skies and subterranean tunnels packed in giant metal tubes, crammed ...

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Transhumanist Innovation and the Future of Work, Health, and Personhood

“Transhumanism” isn’t a word that many people are familiar with. At least not yet. Just as “The Internet of Things” and “Automation” have begun to creep into the popular english lexicon, “Transhumanism” will also see its day at the forefront of our zeitgeist–perhaps sooner rather than later. The more popular and perhaps crude term for a “transhuman” might actually be ...

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How the Innovation in the IoT Will Boost Our Economy

When people think about the Internet of Things (IoT) in relation to the economy, they generally fall into one of two camps. One side of things looks the IoT and sees money, to the tune of $11.1 trillion annually, if you look at McKinsey’s evaluation. Others focus on more dire aspects. Ars Technica reports that advances like the IoT could ...

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