Author Archives: Greg Satell

All Great Innovators Have One Thing In Common

Take any great idea and you can find no shortage of people who think they had it first. And it’s quite possible they did. History is full of examples of nearly simultaneous discovery. David Hilbert discovered general relativity at about the same time Einstein did. Alexander Graham Bell only narrowly beat Elisha Gray to the patent office. Yet the debate ...

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Innovation Needs Communication

In 2014, Thomas Royen, a retired German statistician, solved a puzzle that had stumped mathematicians for decades. Called the Gaussian correlation inequality, it involves the probability of a random point lying in overlapping shapes and is one of those seemingly simple mathematical ideas that is devilishly hard to figure out. Yet the mathematics community was skeptical. Royen published his proof, ...

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Inside the Battery Race to Power The 21st Century

The garage startup has become as much of an American icon in the twenty first century as the automobile and the drive-in were to earlier generations. The idea that anyone with an idea can change the world is as romantic as democracy itself, but it’s not altogether true. A garage startup only works if there is existing technology to build ...

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Can Small Business Access World Class Scientific Research? Yes!

Take a look at any breakthrough technology and invariably it started out in a lab somewhere, usually decades before any commercial product hits the market. The problem is that, with tens of thousands of scientific papers published every year, it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. That’s why major corporations spend billions on research and development, invest in ...

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We Need To Stop Trying To Predict The Future And Start Exploring It

In a celebrated 1995 article in Newsweek, astronomer Clifford Stoll blasted Internet visionaries. “Do our computer pundits lack all common sense?” he asked. “The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.” Clearly, he was mistaken, but Stoll ...

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The Future Of Robots Is All Too Human

Innovative IoT's Ups and Downs (Still) Hinge Largely On Security - Innovation Excellence

Since 2000, the US has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs. Some say that the loss is due to foreign competition, primarily from China. Others say that it is due to higher productivity from automation and factories simply don’t need as many workers. Historically, those two trends, globalization and automation, have reinforced each other. Yet a study by Boston Consulting Group suggests ...

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Data and Technology Don’t Change Your Culture, They Reveal it

Data And Technology Don't Change Your Culture, They Reveal it - Innovation Excellence

In Weapons of Math Destruction, mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil paints a disturbing picture of how data can go awry. “Black box” algorithms that make decisions with little to no transparency or accountability can lead to bizarre situations in which judgments are handed down with no possibility of appeal. For example, she tells the story of Sarah Wysocki, a teacher ...

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