Technology

How Google Innovates

How Google Innovates

Steve Jobs built—and then revived—Apple by fusing technology with design. IBM has remained a top player in its industry for roughly a century by investing in research that is often a decade ahead of its time. Facebook “moves fast and maintains a stable infrastructure” (but apparently doesn’t break things anymore). Each of these companies, in its own way, is a superior innovator. ...

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

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“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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IBM Has Created A Revolutionary New Model For Computing – The Human Brain

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Technology isn’t what it used to be. 40 years ago, computers were strange machines locked away in the bowels of large organizations, tended to by an exclusive priesthood who could speak their strange languages. They were mostly used for mundane work, like scientific computation and back office functions in major corporations. Yet by the 1980’s, technology had advanced enough to develop ...

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Energy Storage Key to an Electric Future

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Why Energy Storage May Be The Most Important Technology In The World Right Now In 1882, Thomas Edison built the Pearl Street Station, his first steam powered electrical distribution plant. In the years that followed, intense competition broke out between he and George Westinghouse, which became known as the War of the Currents, and the technology improved markedly in the coming decades. As Robert Gordon pointed ...

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Facing the New Innovating World in the 21st Century

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This week my research was moving around issues of complexity within innovation and I came across a great paper, written by Deborah Dougherty called "Organizing for innovation in complex innovation systems". Dougherty is attempting to reframe these into problem resolutions from breaking down discovery into four distinct channels. I liked this thinking.

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Turn Your Organization into an Idea Factory: part II

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How to solicit ideas from employees to drive engagement and innovation The most effective way of driving innovation at an organization, while ensuring employees are engaged, is by providing them with a platform where they can share their feedback and ideas directly with decision-makers. In part one of this piece, I discussed four factors that make an employee idea system ...

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Moore’s Law Will Soon End, but Progress Doesn’t Have to

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In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore published a remarkably prescient paper which observed that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit was doubling every two years and predicted that this pace would lead to computers becoming embedded in homes, cars and communication systems. That simple idea, known today as Moore’s Law, has helped power the digital revolution. As computing performance has become exponentially ...

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