Author Archives: Andy Heikkila

Is Smartphone Innovation Dead?

In the early days of cellular technology, a phone’s make and model would indicate vastly varying appearance and features from one device to another; burnt orange phones that flip horizontally to reveal a keyboard, razor-thin flip phones with brushed aluminum exteriors, rectangular Blackberries with their trackball and keyboard face. Nowadays, that’s not quite the case. A walk through the aisles ...

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Innovation in Cybersecurity: Blockchain and Enterprise Immune Systems

Innovation in Cybersecurity: Blockchain and Enterprise Immune Systems - Innovation Excellence

There are two basic problems that are affecting cybersecurity right now. While the ability to cause damage and reap financially from cybercrime has become that much easier for interested parties to obtain, the ability to safeguard against it has become that much more difficult...fortunately, there is technology on the horizon that may make up for our human shortfalls.

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Innovation Should Not Ignore Privacy or Security Risks

Innovation Should Not Ignore Privacy or Security Risks - Innovation Excellence

Will new laws ignore privacy dangers inherent in self-driving cars? Even as the country still reels from revelations that almost 2.5 million more people were affected by the recent Equifax than previously thought (bringing the current total up to 145.5 million), the senate has introduced legislation regarding advanced testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles without addressing privacy or security measures. ...

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Top 5 Innovations in Solar and Photovoltaic Power

The Department of Energy (DOE) has hit a key goal in solar energy cost reduction three years ahead of schedule, according to The Hill. The SunShot Initiative originally aimed to lower the price of electricity generated by utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems to $0.06 per kilowatt hour by 2020. This goal has already been achieved, and the residential and commercial sectors ...

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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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