Author Archives: Andy Heikkila

Fatigue and Complacency: The Bane of Inspiration and Innovation

Oftentimes, an entrepreneur or an employee’s greatest strength also acts against them as their greatest weakness. While this duality isn’t always easily expressed, nowhere is it more apparent than in the budding, overzealous worker who burns bright, and then burns out. Workplace fatigue is a more persistent problem in the global economy than you might realize, leading to complacency and ...

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How to Prevent the Digital Dark Ages

On January 24, 2018, during the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, business leaders from around the world convened to launch the formation of the Global Centre for Cybersecurity. The primary reason? To “prevent a digital dark age.” According to a press release on the event: Cyberattacks could cripple economies, nation states and society without collaboration and ...

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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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