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The 15 Enemies of Innovation

Jan-04-18. By Jorge Barba

Innovative organizations understand that innovation has many enemies, some seen and others unseen, and its leaders are actively involved in keeping them at bay. What enemies?
As they grow and mature, established organizations develop many obstacles that impede innovation. The biggest obstacle to transformation is human nature; this is why innovation is as much about attitude and perspective as it is about process.


Wisdom of the Crowd Accurately Predicts Supreme Court Decisions

Dec-26-17. By Emerging Technology from the arXiv

FantasySCOTUS is an online fantasy league in which contestants compete by predicting decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court. Players are ranked as in any fantasy league, and the best performers can win prizes such as a “Golden Gavel” and even $10,000 in cash.


Open Innovation Generates Great Ideas, So Why Aren't Companies Adopting Them?

Dec-20-17. By Dirk Deichmann, Ieva Rozentale, Robert Barnhoorn

Our research suggests the reasons more ideas from open innovation aren’t being adopted are political and cultural, not technical. Multiple gatekeepers, skepticism regarding anything “not invented here,” and turf wars all hold back adoption. But it doesn’t have to be this way.


5 Industries Machine Learning is Disrupting

Dec-08-17. By Gary Read

We talk about artificial intelligence (AI), robots, and machine learning as if they’re coming soon, or are just some tech pipe dream. They’re not. They’re here today. In fact, a special report from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch predicts the global market for AI and robots will be just under $153 billion by 2020, and some industries will experience up to a 30% productivity increase through the use of those technologies alone.


The New Plants that could Save Us from Climate Change

Dec-03-17. By Avery Thompson

Plants are incredible organisms. They tend to be very simple, only requiring a little CO2, water, and oxygen in order to live, but they’re capable of tremendous diversity and adaptability. Dr. Joanne Chory is using that information to create new plant varieties that could pull incredible amounts of CO2 out of the atmosphere and dramatically reduce the effects of climate change.


Innovation Simplified

Dec-01-17. By Shanta R. Yapa

The objective of this short article is not to explain the breadth and the depth of the domain of innovation. Instead, this is an attempt to simplify innovation and encourage you to better understand and practice it. Is your organization innovative? How many new products and processes you introduced in the past one year? How do you compare the numbers with other players in the industry and also with the globally best? This write up will enable you to understand and practice innovation by answering the following questions. When to innovate? Where to innovate? How to innovate?


What Your Language Says About Your Innovtion

Nov-30-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

If you want big ideas, you need to encourage them, yes, but also talk about them in ways that open up dialog, thinking and idea generation to a much larger dimension. While language, word choice and conversation may not seem to have all that much impact on idea generation and innovation, in reality these are the building blocks of a corporate culture. As a colleague of mine is fond of saying: we need to switch from "I'll believe it when I see it" to "I'll see it when I believe it".


12 Ways to Make Bad Decisions

Nov-28-17. By Mitch Ditkoff

There are three things that astound me about most organizations: The cro-magnon way performance reviews are done; the pitiful way brainstorm sessions are run and; the voo doo way decisions are made. What follows is an elaboration of the third -- 12 common phenomena that contribute to funky decision making.


Starting the Innovation Fire

Nov-28-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

I've been thinking, long and hard, about the correct analogy to describe a lot of corporate innovation efforts. I'm sorry to say that the best analogy I can come up with is a campfire. Let's map what's going on in corporate settings to the ingredients for a campfire, to understand what's underway, what's working and what's missing in corporate innovation.


Platform Models are the New Order of our Innovating Business Need

Nov-28-17. By Paul Hobcraft

Increasingly we are looking constantly for better value. We are increasingly restless and explorative. The big question for many companies that simply sell products is can they benefit from making changes in these platform models. How do they go about it to capitalize on this restlessness and constant need of new experiences? Is the stand-alone product model breaking down? Do the more traditional approaches to customers, those that are more supply sided, still serve their needs today? The answer is no, platforms are building very different connected experience for customers, they are voting with their digital clicks to move their business to these offerings. Are you building platform businesses? You should.


Machine Learning and Big Data Know It Wasn’t You Who Just Swiped Your Credit Card

Nov-27-17. By Jungwoo Ryoo

You’re sitting at home minding your own business when you get a call from your credit card’s fraud detection unit asking if you’ve just made a purchase at a department store in your city. It wasn’t you who bought expensive electronics using your credit card — in fact, it’s been in your pocket all afternoon. So how did the bank know to flag this single purchase as most likely fraudulent?


Starting an Innovation Lab? Avoid these Pitfalls

Nov-20-17. By Robert B. Tucker

Often, it appears, companies are seeing the need to showcase how innovative they are. And the solution seems to be to build a flashy new work environment, install bean bags, foosball tables, whiteboards, and cold-brew some coffee and voila, we’ve got ourselves a lab. I’m a bit of a skeptic about these labs.


How the Next Generation is Building our (Artificial Intelligent) Future

Nov-19-17. By Erik P.M. Vermeulen

Young people are no longer satisfied with the prospect of becoming anonymous cogs in a larger corporate machine. Disruptive new technologies have already led to profound cultural shifts in attitudes towards consumption, work, education, energy and health. Technology helps make the world more transparent, authentic and open.


Don’t “Fiddle” with the Crowd – Ask it Better Questions Instead

Nov-15-17. By Eugene Ivanov

The lack of understanding that the most crucial factor that defines the ultimate success or failure of any crowdsourcing campaign is the ability to properly identify, define and articulate the problem that the crowd will be asked to solve. I call it the “80:20 rule”: 80% of unsuccessful crowdsourcing campaigns I’m aware of failed because of the inability to properly formulate the question to be presented to the crowd; only 20% did so because of a poor match between the question and the crowd.


Shared Innovation Language Accelerates Innovation

Nov-13-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

Language and common definitions are critical to any interaction. When each party has their own definitions of innovation and rather narrow definitions at that, little can be accomplished and many opportunities are left by the wayside. Stopping to create a shared definition, expanding the range of opportunities and options, means we can explore more together.


The Innovation Mindset Simplified

Nov-08-17. By Jorge Barba

Curiosity and empathy are the foundation for innovation. You have to get curious about what’s happening, and about people. This means that to innovate you have to ask more interesting questions, observe and learn more. You have to develop a big appetite for knowledge because you want to expand your perspective by having many mental models to use when taking on challenges.


The Theory of Innovation

Nov-06-17. By Langdon

What, then, would constitute a “theory of innovation”? What value, then, could a theory of “innovation” offer in this setting where creativity is an essential element? We must begin with some definitions, which will also provide the foundation for our theory.


Building Upon the Four Essential Pillars for Innovation

Nov-06-17. By Paul Hobcraft

We are in urgent need to build a clear innovation architecture as we do need this new business innovation capability. We are entering a different innovation era and if we don’t pay specific attention to the architecture of innovation we will not have a bright future, we will increasingly fall behind those that do get the need for serious investment in building innovation capability and capacity.


What is the Goal of Automation?

Nov-03-17. By Jorge Barba

The most common goal, from a corporate point of view, is to reduce the cost of human labor and thus increase the profits of the business. But that shouldn’t be the only perspective. I’ve yet to encounter business leaders who think about automation from the perspective of the person who should benefit the most from it: the customer.


How to Launch a Product without Starting a Business

Nov-02-17. By Stephen Key

You don't have to drain your savings account or quit your day job to get a concept off the ground. You don't need co-founders, investors, or even to write a business plan. From the advent of rapid prototyping and crowdfunding to the widespread affordability of digital tools and technologies, the opportunities available to creative people today are fundamentally different -- and enormously exciting.


Why Companies Should Hire Teams, Not Individuals

Oct-29-17. By Sydney Finkelstein

Why would a company ever outsource anything? In part, it may be because teams of talented operators have already demonstrated excellence in a specialized task or function, and it’s easier or cheaper to tap those teams than to create new teams of your own.


What Collaboration Is and Is Not

Oct-28-17. By Ramkumar Yaragarla

Collaboration is way of working with others with shared understanding to achieve mutual goals. Sometimes collaboration goes outside of our comfort zone to accomplish goals. It is critical to understand it to be more effective at it.


Understanding the Future Leads to Better Innovation

Oct-24-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

Even if you aren't interested in innovation, but merely want to remain competitive and keep pace with your industry and your competitors, understanding trends and predicting the potential direction of your industry and customer base is vital. It's the minimum to simply keep up with your market. Good innovators will be looking for clues to find the big shifts that they can take advantage of.


Will Stronger Borders Weaken Innovation?

Oct-23-17. By Barry Jaruzelski, Volker Staack, Robert Chwalik

The political rhetoric of economic nationalism has grown heated in recent years. The clarion call often sounds for more restrictive trade or immigration policies that supporters believe will promote growth and employment at home. Studies have shown that a number of countries have embraced this mind-set to varying degrees, adopting policies that favor domestic industry and companies.


For True Innovation, Don’t Rely On Your Own Ideas

Oct-23-17. By Daniel Terdiman

Internally, company executives have coined a phrase that gets to the heart of these goals: “Break the glass.” That means not just relying on internal thinking and ideas, but going out to “actually sit next to customers, go to their homes,” Harris says. “Not just consumers, but bartenders and other stakeholders in the industry.”


Where the Streets are Paved with Ideas

Oct-18-17. By Richard Florida

Innovation is geographically uneven. The world's 40 richest mega-regions — expansive conurbations such as the Boston–New York–Washington DC corridor, Greater London, or the passage that runs from Shanghai to Beijing — account for more than 85% of the world's patents, and 83% of the most-cited scientists. And yet, only 18% of the world's population lives in them.


How Blockchain could give us a Smarter Energy Grid

Oct-16-17. By Mike Orcutt

Energy experts believe that blockchain technology can solve a maze of red tape and data management problems. In the longer term, Jesse Morris envisions a world in which homes and buildings are equipped with software that automatically sells and buys power to and from the grid on the basis of real-time price signals.


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Have Taken Centre Stage - Here's Why

Oct-12-17. By Mahesh Pancholi

The real success of true AI will be in connecting disparate High Performance Computing systems and frameworks together. Figuring out how to connect them altogether is incredibly complex and presents as a true challenge, but when this issue is solved, we’ll surely be entering the golden age of research computing.


4 Ways Leaders can get more from their Company's Innovation Efforts

Oct-10-17. By Greg Satell

A recent McKinsey report found that while 84% of corporate executives think innovation is key to achieving growth objectives, only 6% are satisfied with the innovation performance of their firm. That’s quite a mismatch. It’s hard to imagine that a success rate that low would be tolerated in any other business function.


Data from 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Oct-09-17. By Dylan Minor, Paul Brook, Josh Bernoff

Sales and marketing were once disciplines ruled by emotions. But somewhere along the way, we recognized that they were based on definable pipelines and applied technology to manage those pipelines. Today you can put a corporate dashboard in place to manage them and tweak the settings to try to boost your results. What if we applied the same thinking to innovation?


How AI Will Keep You Healthy

Oct-03-17. By David Ewing Duncan

An audacious Chinese entrepreneur wants to test your body for everything. But are computers really smart enough to make sense of all that data?


The Billion Dollar Breakthrough You Missed

Sep-29-17. By Gregg Fraley

Fresh combinations of technologies, processes, materials, people, trends, concepts, and other factors are what creates innovation. It’s interesting that large organizations with lots of intellectual property don’t systematically examine what they can combine to innovate. It’s a big missing, and, an opportunity to improve.


Every Company Needs an Innovation Coach

Sep-20-17. By Braden Kelley

Innovation is not a solo activity. While the rare lone genius may be able to invent something on their own (although still always inspired by others), nobody can innovate by themselves. Innovation, by its very nature, requires collaboration.


Context Matters in Successful Innovation

Sep-19-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

I think we often over complicate the work of innovation, because we believe it cannot be simple and straightforward. After all, how can an activity that can disrupt an industry, create compelling new products or services and reap significant riches be simple? To drive all of this change, certainly innovation must be difficult and complex, right?


Mastering Global Innovation through Multicultural Collaboration

Sep-19-17. By Karina Jensen

Culturally diverse views bring valuable insights to local problems and issues that are pertinent to solving international challenges. In today’s constantly changing business environment, we need to pay more attention to local voices in order to orchestrate innovation around the world. Listening and learning from culturally diverse perspectives nurtures an open and creative mind.


36 Cognitive Biases that Inhibit Innovation

Sep-19-17. By Steve Glaveski

While we - human beings - like to think of ourselves as rational creatures, the truth is we are anything but. We are prone to over 100 cognitive biases that may subconsciously shape our perceptions, beliefs and decisions. As one might imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship is not immune from said biases.


Want To Build A Culture Of Innovation? Give Your Employees More Autonomy

Sep-15-17. By Elizabeth Lee

In a survey by McKinsey, 94% of senior executives said that it’s the people and corporate culture that drive innovation. Hierarchical structures where the decision-maker is difficult to reach and the decision-making process is not transparent do not foster innovation. That’s why employees need a degree of autonomy to execute actions and set their innovation goals.


Jumping to a Fresh Cycle of Innovation Design

Sep-15-17. By Paul Hobcraft

There is this need to have a new cycle of innovative design. We need a really radical way forward on innovation, a highly adaptive solution, where all these solution parts are available on demand, constantly adjusting and adaptable to the situation you have to resolve. We build a process that relates to the problem on hand in its structure, offering the suggested process needed in frames, tools, process designs.


12 Essential Innovation Insights

Sep-12-17. By Bruce Posner, Martha E. Mangelsdorf

Business innovation has to do with new value, not necessarily new things — and comes in many flavors. The authors presented an “innovation radar” so companies can consider 12 different areas in which they might innovate — ranging from method of value capture to operating processes to platforms. “When a company identifies and pursues neglected innovation dimensions, it can change the basis of competition and leave other firms at a distinct disadvantage,” the authors concluded.


Work Smart: How AI Machines are Making Us More Efficient

Sep-07-17. By Michael Feindt

Artifical Intelligence (AI) is now being used to transform businesses, meaning companies are better positioned to provide consumers with the experience that they both demand and expect. But despite the respite the rise of the machine presents staff, conversations regarding automation are often littered with fear over the potential loss of jobs. This shouldn‘t be the case, instead, businesses and staff need to recognise the introduction of AI as the start of a new era where staff can ‘work smart‘ and become increasingly effective.


Artificial Intelligence and Big Data: Good for Innovation?

Sep-07-17. By Robert Seamans

AI has the potential to provide many benefits to our economy and society. However, startups and established firms that are just beginning to use AI need access to data in order to train their AI systems. Difficulty in accessing the necessary data can create a barrier to entry, potentially reducing competition and innovation.


Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now it Plays the Piano

Sep-07-17. By Ashlee Vance

BabyX, the virtual creation of Mark Sagar and his researchers, looks impossibly real. If it sounds odd to encounter a virtual child that can read words from a book, it’s much more disorienting to feel a sense of fatherly pride after she nails a bunch in a row and lights up with what appears to be authentic joy. BabyX and I seemed to be having a moment, learning from each other while trading expressions and subtle cues so familiar to the human experience.


The Science Behind the Growing Importance of Collaboration

Sep-06-17. By Emily Stone

Collaboration is a hot buzzword in the business world. And with good reason. Working with people who have different perspectives or areas of expertise can result in better ideas and outcomes.


Innovation has a Hard Job to Align

Sep-05-17. By Paul Hobcraft

We need to recognize that innovation is one of the hardest things to align to strategy. It’s inherently messy, fairly unpredictable and its team-orientated approach sometimes cuts across borders, challenges different established positions and seemingly conflicting priorities.


Time, Energy and Attention are the Only Things We Invest that We Can't Get Back

Aug-29-17. By Jorge Barba

Innovation happens at work when a few things are true, two of them are organizational support and rewarding bravery; both critical for a culture of innovation. As a leader or manager you have to remember that people don’t leave their jobs, they leave their managers.The reason is simple: It’s critical for people to feel like they’re making progress. Enthusiasm is oxygen, and people’s spirit dies if you kill it.


Artificial Intelligence Will Create New Kinds of Work

Aug-26-17. By The Economist

AI will eliminate some forms of this digital labour—software, for instance, has got better at transcribing audio. Yet AI will also create demand for other types of digital work. The technology may use a lot of computing power and fancy mathematics, but it also relies on data distilled by humans.


You Don't Lack Time to Innovate. You Lack Allocation and Purpose.

Aug-24-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

But what if everyone in your company had to account for their time, and what if everyone had a specific time allocation for innovation? That might differ depending on the individual, their experience and interest in innovation of course, but what if at the end of each year you could look across your team and see how much time an individual spent building innovation skills and contributing to innovation projects. Wouldn't that be valuable as a manager?


A Study Shows How to Find New Ideas Inside and Outside the Company

Aug-18-17. By Linus Dahlander, Siobhan O'Mahony

We discovered that experts with a broad external network were more innovative only when they devoted enough time and attention to those sources. For instance, people who interacted with eight different types of partners were only more innovative if they allocated half of their time outside the organization. Those who spent more time cultivating external relationships reported higher innovation outcomes, in terms of either patent quantity or quality. When people created a broad external network but did not spend adequate time learning how to use the information gained, the costs of being more distant from the organization and engaging in external networking outweighed the benefits of identifying novel information.


We Need to Think About Failure Differently to Drive Innovation

Aug-18-17. By Jorge Barba

An established organization maintains stability because they’re specialized on optimizing their existing business model to deliver more of what already works. While this is great and keeps the wheels turning it’s also why they’re set up to fail because their experience and success is a straight jacket that’s hard to shake out off; put simply: Your internal culture is the biggest enemy to innovation.


Two Simple Concepts for Getting the Most from Absurd Ideas

Aug-17-17. By George E.L. Barbee

A senior team member kicks things off with a fairly interesting idea, but comfortably within the ballpark of what your company does. People begin jumping in, pinging off of that idea, proposing innovations not too different from those your company has already tried. Then it happens: Someone utters a truly original, off-the-wall idea. The room suddenly gets quiet. Everyone waits to see how the boss will react.


What 11 CEOs Have Learned about Championing Diversity

Aug-17-17. By Stefanie K. Johnson

The business case for diversity is clear. Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement, and companies with greater gender and racial diversity financially outperform their peers. Yet progress within organizations has been slow – there is still a lack of women and minorities in leadership positions, and certain industries like tech and finance are lacking diversity at all levels.


Why AI is the Ultimate Sales Hack

Aug-13-17. By George Beall

The best lead gen tools will always be people; having the opportunity to spend one on one time with targets, listening to their goals and frustrations is a dream for every sales person. But it’s not realistic. Luckily, organizations like LeadCrunch are enhancing AI-fueled lead-gen platforms that enable organizations to understand customers on an individual basis so that they can eventually connect with them, person-person throughout the sales cycle. Providing a holistic B2B demand generation solution, it uses an effective combination of AI technology and human verification to engage the best targets for your customer base.


8 High Schoolers who are Inventing the Future

Aug-10-17. By Phil McKinney

The play instinct is something that everyone is born with. From a young age we want to explore, create, and have fun. However, some people become very good at honing this skill, at playing and fiddling so creatively that they develop revolutionary technologies. Sometimes these discoveries can come later in life, but many times it is younger individuals, who have held onto their playful spirit, who innovate in extraordinary ways and in the process, play a role in inventing the future.


Shift Your Mindset to Think Exponentially

Aug-03-17. By Jorge Barba

Technology non-believers need to understand that innovation is rarely disruptive; the media and pundits have taken that word and made it meaningless. What is certain is businesses who were not born with a digital first perspective are currently being forced to make the transition to a digital business. Making this transition requires a new type of leadership; an exponential mindset.


5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong about Artificial Intelligence

Jul-31-17. By Luis Perez-Breva

There are a lot of myths out there about artificial intelligence (AI). The most common confusion may be about AI and repetitive tasks. Automation is just computer programming, not AI.


It is Time for Enterprise CIOs to Create a New Breed of Innovation

Jul-24-17. By Neil Kinson

The question is how do retailers and other enterprises with decades (and even centuries) of history defend themselves against expanding tech companies? The standard answer is to embrace the latest technology and orient themselves towards what younger customers want today. Instead corporations have to learn from the competition while leveraging the one advantage they still have: scale.


Innovation is as much about Finding Partners as Building Products

Jul-20-17. By Chandra Gnanasambanda, Michael Uhl

The fact is, going it alone, we believe, is simply not the way to go at all. Collaboration is the essential new secret sauce for startups and industry leaders alike. For true disruption to take hold, old and new must work together, playing to each other’s strengths.


Disruption Never comes from Within

Jul-19-17. By Jorge Barba

Every business misses the future and gets disrupted by an outsider. This happens because the incumbents are stuck in their ways, doing the same thing over and over again and never zoom out to take a look at the macro view.


The 5 Worst Big Data Privacy Risks (and how to guard against them)

Jul-14-17. By Taylor Armerding

There are enormous benefits from Big Data analytics, but also massive potential for exposure that could result in anything from embarrassment to outright discrimination. Here's what to look out for — and how to protect yourself and your employees.


DeepMind has Taught an AI to do Something Quite Remarkable

Jul-11-17. By Tom Ward

Researchers at DeepMind have published a paper illustrating how they are teaching artificially intelligent computer agents to traverse alien environments. While the results are slightly goofy, they represent a major step forward on the path to autonomous AI movement.


Is Innovation Unreasonable?

Jul-11-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

We cannot reject reason when we innovate, in fact we must rely on insight, intelligence, research and reason when we innovate. That's because the only way to encourage people to commit to new ideas is to demonstrate new insights, new needs or new experiences, which are all based on research, insights into unsolved problems or challenges or new technologies. This all appeals to reason - why would I choose an uncertain unknown over a predictable certainty? Only if the unknown is promising, compelling and valuable.


Peering inside an AI's Brain will help us Trust its Decisions

Jul-03-17. By Matt Reyolds

Artificial intelligences don’t make decisions in the same way that humans do. Even the best image recognition algorithms can be tricked into seeing a robin or cheetah in images that are just white noise, for example. It’s a big problem.


The Essential Connection between Strategy and Innovation

Jun-27-17. By Paul Hobcraft

Often it is within the strategies that should be outlined, lies the potential new spaces to play for innovation’s design. Yet how often do we fail to connect the innovation’s we design and execute specifically aligned to the strategic need?


All Disruption is Innovative; Not all Innovation is Disruptive

Jun-27-17. By Doug Collins

The theory of disruptive innovation applies in some circumstances but not others. In mastering the theory, we master the practice. In mastering the practice, we learn how to connect strategy with tactics. The risk of indulging in dogma around theory exists, always. The risk of being rudderless—a death sentence in the Digital Age for firms—is far greater, however.


To Disrupt, or Not to Disrupt

Jun-27-17. By Chris Kalaboukis

Let’s face it – most people just don’t like change. We like things being the way that they are – even the word “upset” has a negative connection – to turn over the “set” to break with the established order. The only problem is – there are so many things we have the ability to just SOLVE, only we would be willing to “upset” things.


Either You Drive Disruption, or You're Outpaced By It

Jun-27-17. By Jorge Barba

The default state of every new idea is no, and every single innovator has to figure out a way to turn that no into a yes. It’s not easy because people are resistant to technology because they’re afraid of losing what they’ve built, what sustains them. This is “the messy part about innovation“, what no one talks about because they opted for an easier path. But the truth is change is messy, and no one is immune to it.


The Benefits of Taking a Slower Approach to Innovation

Jun-26-17. By Sam Ford, Federico Rodriguez Tarditi

In our experience, managers tend to focus their innovation efforts on processes that are either large in scale (new products and business models ) or swift in development (hackathons, rapid prototyping, or emerging platforms). There’s nothing wrong with this, per se, as both approaches can pay huge dividends. But there’s also another type of innovation that is more gradual and smaller in scale. We call it slow innovation.


Google's 9 Principles of Innovation

Jun-23-17. By Cheryl Perkins

Google is one of the most innovative companies in the world, because it actively pursues a culture of innovation. Google for years has worked to ensure that innovative ideas are continually flowing in order to position the company for success well into the future. What is Google doing, and how can we learn from their innovative culture?


Can People be Trained to be Innovators?

Jun-23-17. By Jorge Barba

Ideas are the seeds of innovation, and all people are creative. So, the answer is yes. But it comes with a caveat: Most every organization wants innovation but rejects creativity. Traditionally managed businesses with a short-term, profit maximization mindset are hard-wired to reject innovation.


The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

Jun-21-17. By Greg Satell

We need to start treating innovation like other business disciplines — as a set of tools that are designed to accomplish specific objectives. Just as we wouldn’t rely on a single marketing tactic or a single source of financing for the entire life of an organization, we need to build up a portfolio of innovation strategies designed for specific tasks.


Airbnb's Biggest Weapon Against Hotels: Machine Learning

Jun-20-17. By Sonya Mann

Mike Curtis did reveal that introducing a deep neural net to the search-ranking system boosted Airbnb's recent conversion rate by 1 percent. "One percent may not sound like a lot, but as you can imagine, a 1 percent increase in conversion rate compounds over time," he explained. Curtis doesn't just see Airbnb's use of cutting-edge technology in terms of ROI, but also as a hopeful sign regarding innovation's impact on the future.


Fusion, Flow and Fluidity are needed in our Management Practices

Jun-19-17. By Paul Hobcraft

To achieve better outcomes and to drive sustained growth we need different management practices. We require scalable participation (ecosystems) to relate to and generate new knowledge flows. We need to be increasingly responsive, adaptive and fluid in any design of structures and solutions.


Silent Geniuses: Why we need more Respect for the Creativity of Introverts

Jun-16-17. By Nick Skillicorn

What ends up happening in a brainstorming session is that a small number of people end up dominating the discussions and suggesting a lot of ideas. The truth is, even the quietest people often have ideas that are as good as, or often better, than the loudest people. You just need to find a way to let them share the ideas.


What Accelerates Innovation

Jun-15-17. By Jeffrey Phillips

Universities, businesses and even cities and regions are talking about innovation and the need to create accelerators or innovation enablers. I'm glad that everyone is excited about innovation, and that they want to provide the means to help it flourish and help it move more quickly. But the thing is, like most late arrivals, they've got the wrong end of the stick as the Brits like to say.


Will Big Data create a new Untouchable Business Elite?

Jun-13-17. By Nicholas Barrett

Bill Janeway described the way AI could allow an elite group of firms to innovate at speeds the rest of the world could only dream about. When I listened to his interview with Kenneth Cukier, it made me wonder whether economic ideas could be applied to the world of big data.


Ethical Innovation Means Giving Consumers a Say

Jun-12-17. By Susan Liautaud

Technology is approaching the man-machine and man-animal boundaries. And with this, society may be leaping into humanity-defining innovation without the equivalent of a constitutional convention to decide who should have the authority to decide whether, when, and how these innovations are released into society. What are the ethical ramifications? What checks and balances might be important?


AI and Machine Learning Will Enable Your Car to Read Your Expressions

Jun-09-17. By Ravindra Savaram

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are taking the Automobile industry(Car industry in particular) by storm while all the major automobile players are utilizing their resources and technology to come up with the best. The beauty of devices with artificial intelligence is that it tries to learn from sensor inputs like real sounds and images.


National Innovation Systems, Blockchains, and Accelerating Change

Jun-09-17. By Langdon

If governments are leading investors in blockchain applications it may tell you that there is indeed something different happening here. They see need and opportunity, and their uses can consolidate and prove that they hype is not hype.


Two Surprising Strategies for Effective Innovation

Jun-09-17. By Nadia Goodman

“Innovation is an unpredictable process, but one with predictable features,” says Reeves. “It’s not just a matter of luck. It’s possible to have a strategy of innovation.”


The Eureka Moment is a Lie

Jun-03-17. By Nick Skillicorn

Mark Zuckerberg, the man who created Facebook and dropped out of Harvard University, recently gave some surprising revelations about what it takes to have your ideas succeed when he gave the commencement address to the class of 2017.


Advancing My Applied Innovation Thinking

Jun-02-17. By Paul Hobcraft

We need to bring innovation and its process up to date. With cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, cloud-based solutions, purposefully designed apps and specific tools and frameworks, we do need to begin to stretch our imaginations further and flex our technology and app solutions more towards providing a better, more connected innovation process. I want to see a new innovation era happen.


Experts Predict when Artificial Intelligence will exceed Human Performance

May-31-17. By Emerging Technology from the arXiv

Artificial intelligence is changing the world and doing it at breakneck speed. The promise is that intelligent machines will be able to do every task better and more cheaply than humans. And that raises an interesting question: when will artificial intelligence exceed human performance? More specifically, when will a machine do your job better than you?


Can Creativity be Scheduled?

May-30-17. By Jorge Barba

So, can you be creative on purpose without waiting for lightining to strike?
Yes, you can be creative on command but in my experience two things have to be true for it to work:
1) A well defined problem;
2) Deep immersion and then distancing yourself from the challenge.


Could Artificial Intelligence lead to World Peace?

May-30-17. By Niko Nurminen

Honkela believes peace - not weapon - technologies should be prioritised and says applications utilising neural networks, big data and digital humanities will be fully at our disposal in some 20 years. Trailblazing advancements, he says, are already under way. At present, most artificial intelligence technologies are focused on business and marketing applications. We're using them while browsing through social media, calling service lines and typing text messages with text prediction. So what would a Peace Machine entail?


Why the Future of Innovation is Open

May-25-17. By Jacob Morgan

The most successful organizations are those that can prep for the future and push the envelope creatively to find the next innovative idea. But what if how we have been thinking about innovation is all wrong? Open innovation is a newer idea that is spreading across industries and changing how companies work together and plan for the future.


Curiosity may be Vital for Truly Smart AI

May-23-17. By Will Knight

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, developed an “intrinsic curiosity model” to make their learning algorithm work even when there isn’t a strong feedback signal. The trick may help address a shortcoming of today’s most powerful machine-learning techniques, and it could point to ways of making machines better at solving real-world problems.


A Curious Plan to Save the Environment with the Blockchain

May-22-17. By Nick Stockton

Walmart recently launched a trial using a blockchain to fight food poisoning and waste by tracking food from supplier to shelf. Say a salmonella outbreak hits Sioux City, Iowa. Walmart’s supply chain blockchain would let it irrefutably trace the tainted product back to a spinach farm in Salinas, California.


Microsoft has a Plan to add DNA Storage to its Cloud

May-22-17. By Antonio Regalado

Tech companies think biology may solve a looming data storage problem. Computer architects at Microsoft Research say the company has formalized a goal of having an operational storage system based on DNA working inside a data center toward the end of this decade.


The Innovation Value Lies within the New System

May-22-17. By Paul Hobcraft

There is a significant transformation of the value lying within this extended system of collaborators and organization design. It is the ability to leverage, through technology the broader ecosystem of partners and internal collaborators by a more holistic view of sharing building ‘greater’ value together


When it comes to Innovation, Go Big or Go Home

May-22-17. By Ivy Cohen

To be considered truly innovative, a product or service must be “meaningfully unique” or be protected as intellectual property. “Meaningfully unique” is essential for small businesses. Large companies like Proctor & Gamble and AT&T can successfully release a new product because they have name recognition and an existing customer base. Small businesses have to rely on free press and word-of-mouth, which is why unique concepts are make-or-break for startups and small businesses.


The War over Artificial Intelligence will be won with Visual Data

May-17-17. By Evan Nisselson

Major technology companies and new startups are at war over having the most valuable artificial intelligence and at the core of this war is having unique high quality visual data. This battle will be won by owning the connected camera.


The Lack of Intelligence about Artificial Intelligence

May-15-17. By Steve Andriole

Everyone’s talking about artificial intelligence (“AI”). Most of the talk is wrong, misleading and often intended to frighten us about a future that’s unlikely to occur. AI will not steal our babies, hold us hostage for Bitcoins or start nuclear wars. But it will fundamentally change the labor market through the intelligent automation of many routine tasks individuals and companies perform all the time.


Are We Crushing Real Innovation?

May-12-17. By Paul Hobcraft

Can we be bolder and more determined to differentiate ourselves or do we stay tucked into the pack, like a long distant runner, waiting for something (someone) to break away, hopefully, able to equally ‘kick in’ and stay in touch, still hopeful we will be in a position to win but mostly remain a fast follower only?


How Big Data is Empowering AI and Machine Learning at Scale

May-08-17. By Randy Bean

Big data is moving to a new stage of maturity — one that promises even greater business impact and industry disruption over the course of the coming decade. As big data initiatives mature, organizations are now combining the agility of big data processes with the scale of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to accelerate the delivery of business value.


How Machine Learning will Impact Online Security this Year

May-08-17. By Justin Blanchard

Machine learning is different. Instead of pointing a limited set of “dumb” algorithms at data, machine learning algorithms are capable of ingesting huge amounts of data and spotting patterns related to particular desirable or undesirable outcomes.


Innovation Moshpit

May-05-17. By Gregg Fraley

I’ve been touting concept blends in innovation for some time. My reason is simple, it’s a fast path to new and different ideas. From the Printing Press to the iPhone, big new market-creating innovation happens when concepts from two different domains are combined. These Mash-Ups are not intuitive for most people to do and maybe that’s why some people try it and fail. Take heart, smart people can do concept blends with careful mental scaffolding.


Innovation is Evolution

May-04-17. By Chris Kalaboukis

Many companies feel that innovation programs, innovation labs, and other innovation initiatives are great in good times, but are superfluous in tough times. The number of times I've heard that firms are axing or "re-purposing" their innovation personnel to work on "core product" or "core services" when times are tough, are legion.


How Artificial Intelligence May Help Doctors Save Lives

May-03-17. By Jonathan Vanian

Artificial intelligence has shown promise in helping doctors predict which patients may be susceptible to chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s. But despite the rapid advances, the healthcare industry is still in the early days of rolling out AI-powered treatments and drugs, Morten Sogaard, Pfizer’s vice president and head of genome sciences and technologies, said.


Why You Don't (and Can't) Think Alone

May-01-17. By Jag Bhalla

“Our intelligence resides not in individual brains but in the collective mind.” This “division of cognitive labor is fundamental to the way cognition evolved and the way it works today.”


5 Steps to Predictable Innovation

May-01-17. By Amanda Ciccatelli

Innovation appears to be a random, inherently unpredictable process. But what if we could understand the causal factors that contribute variability to the innovation process and learn how to control them? Would that bring predictability to innovation? The answer is yes—we have proven it can be done, but it requires new thinking.


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