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The Debate Between the US Government and the Tech Industry About Encryption, Explained

The Debate Between the US Government and the Tech Industry About Encryption, Explained

In an unusually contentious political season, there seems to be one thing that unites leaders from both parties: the need to thwart terrorists using encrypted messages. Everybody from President Obama and Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump and Jeb Bush are calling on the private sector to facilitate backdoors for security officials. The tech industry, for its part, has balked. A letter to ...

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It Takes More than a Big Idea to Change the World

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In 1882, just three years after he had almost literally shocked the world with his revolutionary lighting system, Thomas Edison opened his Pearl Street Station, the first commercial electrical distribution plant in the United States. By 1884 it was already servicing over 500 homes. Up till that point, electric light was mostly a curiosity. While a few of the mighty elite could ...

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How the Innovation in the IoT Will Boost Our Economy

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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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Overcoming Hurdles to Scaling Innovation

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Crossing the Chasm To put it simply, everyone has good ideas — and some have great ideas. But the imperative of any innovation program is in its ability to scale and realize its financial promise. We call this “crossing the chasm.” It is critical in any development process that innovation ‘show stoppers’ are recognized and nurtured quickly. For some innovations, ...

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Learning Innovation from Leonardo Da Vinci

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This article focuses on a series of observations about Leonardo’s work and applies those to the challenges of the present-day innovator. When one thinks of Leonardo da Vinci and innovation, the typical picture that emerges would be some of Leonardo’s amazing designs for flying machines, military equipment, or even the Vitruvian Man, perhaps the most famous drawing in history.  I ...

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The State of Crowdsourcing in 2016

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Based on an updated 2015 dataset, the eYeka report provides an analysis of the latest evolutions of how the world’s largest companies are leveraging creative crowdsourcing. The report looks into which sectors, companies, and brands are the most active users of crowdsourcing for marketing and innovation, with a specific focus on FMCG. It also analyses the latest trends in the ...

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Crowdsolving in Action: From Wikipedia to Firefox

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From restaurant reviews in Yelp to traffic information in Google Maps, crowd-sourced information has become more and more integrated into the websites, apps and other technologies that we use every day. In all of these cases, the information collected from users requires low thought on the part of the users submitting the information. However, in the aggregate, this information provides ...

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