Look Ma, No Driver!

A French startup has launched the first fully autonomous, driverless vehicle. The Arma is convenient and cool. But are you ready to take a test drive?
Dr. Andy Rogers | Navya

This is Part 2 of Routes to the Future: How We’ll Get Around, in which we explore the innovations – and obstacles – of a new era of possibility.  It’s reminiscent of an old Volkswagen Beetle in its rounded off approachable charm.  But that’s where the comparison ends. Made by Navya, a French startup, the Arma […]

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The Route to the Future

Want to know what the world will look like in 10 years? If you like science fiction, you might love what’s in store.

This is Part 1 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. Since the beginning of recorded history, humans have been imagining future innovations with an intensity born out of our survival instinct. It’s in our DNA […]

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The Essential Role of Logistics in a Growing Circular Economy

How resource scarcity and price volatility are causing companies to move to a more circular strategy.

In today’s world, the basic model for the production of goods is linear: Natural resources are extracted and turned into products that are used for a limited time. While some of these products are recycled, most eventually end up in the world’s landfills.  This model is becoming increasingly unsustainable and expensive for businesses. Commodity prices […]

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‘Good’ Countries Export More

New research finds that soft power pays.
Anne Kim | Republic 3.0

Countries that enjoy a positive world image may also reap an economic reward: more exports. According to new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, perceptions of a country’s “positive or negative influence in the world” is directly correlated to its sales to other nations. “Countries tend to do well by doing good,” […]

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The Power of Core Values

Basic core values can create a sustainable world, but it will be an uphill battle moving forward.
Aron Cramer | BSR

This has been a remarkable year politically. When looking at Brexit, the U.S. presidential election, the ongoing refugee crisis and crackdowns by some governments on civil society, it’s clear that faith in Western political institutions, globalization and our future is dangerously low.  This landscape contrasts starkly with the exhilarating promise of 2015’s big achievements: the Sustainable […]


The Digital Revolution is Creating New Opportunities for Leadership

A closer look at the shattering of old business models.
Savita Raina | SAP

Digitalization is the single most talked-about topic among business leaders at all tech and non-tech companies — including small, mid-sized and large companies, in all industries and all lines of businesses. Why? The reason is very simple: Digitalization is converging all technologies, from cloud-based IT, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) to Big Data. […]


TED@UPS Sizzle Reels

Sizzle reels for six TED@UPS speakers

In a few weeks, we will be releasing the final videos from the TED@UPS event on Sept. 15, 2016. Stay tuned to watch all 12 UPSers take the stage to explore the possibilities behind the question, “What if?” You’ll be sure to question your perspective on many things, including how mosquitoes could be used to […]


Back to the Future in e-Commerce

Looking five years back – and forward.
Bala Ganesh | UPS

In the iconic Back to the Future film trilogy, high-schooler Marty McFly and eccentric scientist Emmett “Doc” Brown travel back and forth in time 30 years or more using a tricked-out silver DeLorean fueled by a plutonium-powered “flux capacitor” that generates the 1.21 gigawatts needed for time travel.  When it comes to e-commerce and retailing, […]

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A Fresh Take on Supply Chain Innovation

How big ideas can redesign your supply chain.
James B. Rice Jr. | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tim Rowell | PepsiCo

Companies are presented with many opportunities when they decide to enter a new market. Venturing into unfamiliar territory offers a unique chance to innovate and make changes that benefit the business as a whole. One of PepsiCo’s growth strategies is to proactively adapt to emerging market trends for natural, healthy and nutritious beverages. The strategy […]

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4 Steps Toward Faster, Smarter Factories

Smart manufacturing begins when factories go online.
Sudhi Bangalore | Wipro

Customers are becoming more involved in the manufacturing process.  Tesla, the electric car maker, serves as one of the more extreme examples. Buyers can customize their entire car online, on their own. They can choose the number of batteries and seats, add air filtration, smart air suspension, sound systems, towing gear – all in the […]


Entrepreneurial Crowd-Pleasers

Here are a few motivational gems from past keynote speakers Jeff Bezos, Conan O’Brien, Oprah and more.
Longitudes | UPS

Entrepreneurs look beyond convention and inspire creativity. That’s just one reason that they get hired to speak at commencement ceremonies at universities around the country.  True to form, some of them tried to motivate students with an unorthodox approach, like VC Ben Horowitz, who told Columbia graduates, “Don’t follow your passion.” Here are a few […]


3D Printing, Turned Up

Carbon 3D’s fast additive manufacturing is taking investors by storm. How will it change the way things are made?
Mike Keller | GE Reports

Twenty-five years ago, director James Cameron conjured up a liquid metal robot that could assume any form in seconds.  But “Terminator 2” was just a movie. The M1 printer, on the other hand, is making that fantastical vision of near instantaneous, on-demand creation a reality. [Also on Longitudes: 3-D Printed Foods: Curious Cuisine or Fleeting […]

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To Expand Your Thinking, Explore the History of Your Industry

How the future of your company depends on your knowledge of its past.
Alex Goldman | Institute for the Future

Professionals tend to see the operational structure of their institutions as reflections of the natural state of things. From their vantage point, new disruptive models can seem unnatural, unfamiliar, outside forces. Clothing companies are supposed to have designers. Insurance companies are supposed to have agents. Hotel companies are supposed to manage buildings. If you believe […]

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The Holy Grail of Future Work

As technology, globalization and many other factors continue to redefine work, soft skills will be the new constant.
Kelli Wells | GE Foundation

Understanding the future of work is difficult, if not impossible.  According to the MacArthur Foundation, 65 percent of today’s schoolchildren will eventually be employed in jobs that don’t exist yet. As technology, globalization and many other factors continue to redefine work, one constant will be the need for soft skills, or “skills for life.” Peer-to-peer […]

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5 Ways to Make Global Trade Work for Developing Countries

Meeting complex and opaque rules can be especially difficult for developing nations. Here's why.
Joakim Reiter | UNCTAD

In 2016, the growth of world trade will be at its slowest since the financial crisis of 2008, reports the World Trade Organization (WTO). Despite the increased protectionism that followed the crash, traditional trade barriers, such as tariffs, are at historical lows. Despite this, the flow of goods and services between countries remains one of […]


Yargh! Piracy and Intellectual Property in the 3D-Printing Era

Counterfeit handbags and toys were just the beginning. Now hackers want to forge 3D-printed products. Can they be stopped?
Michael Petch | Redshift

Counterfeiting is the world’s second-oldest profession. An estimated $220 million of U.S. currency is counterfeit. By comparison, according to the OECD, about 2.5 percent of goods, or $461 billion, are fake. When it comes to counterfeiting, the usual items come to mind: handbags, clothing, toys, and money. Indeed, the ease of counterfeiting currency with 2D […]

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India’s First ‘Smart Village’

Can a public-private collaboration transform India’s struggling communities?
Utkarsh Amitabh | World Economic Forum

In a way, Mahatma Gandhi conceptualized smart villages. A champion of participatory democracy and grassroots development, he believed that making villages self-contained and sustainable was the first step toward empowering India. Contrary to popular belief, he wasn’t against industrialization, markets and competition as long as they did not lead to the passive or active exploitation […]


Lead Differently for a Different Workforce

Today’s worker will tune out yesterday’s leader. Here’s how you can adapt.

When I get on the elevator at work these days, it’s a much different scene. Employees are younger. They’re more diverse. And they often speak multiple languages.  Numbers tell the tale of this new workforce – there are more women and more people of color than at any point in U.S. history. Baby boomers are entering […]


Better Bridges, Better Lives

In the near future, bridges won't just be bridges anymore.
Terry D. Bennett | Autodesk

There’s no shortage of iconic bridges in the world: Golden Gate, Brooklyn, (London) Tower, Pont du Gard, Chengyang, Millau Viaduct, Rialto. But have you ever heard of a bridge comprising a performance amphitheater, a café, picnic gardens, waterfalls and interactive art installations? It’s no fantasy. The winning design (by OMA + OLIN) for the 11th […]

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How to Feed 9 Billion People in 2050

Climate change will impact the way we grow our food. How can we tackle future threats to our crops?
Stuart Thompson | University of Westminster

Can we really feed 9 billion people?    That’s the estimated global population in the year 2050. It should be possible, but things are looking tricky – especially when we also factor in the climatic instability caused by global warming. [Also on Longitudes: Easing World Hunger Through Trade] Food security in peril  These are some of […]

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Robot Knows Best

By linking emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, we can build more human-like digital assistants.
Stuart Russell | University of California, Berkeley

Corinna Lathan | AnthroTronix

One of the advantages that CEOs and celebrities have over most people is that they don’t need to spend much time handling the uninteresting, time-consuming aspects of daily life like scheduling appointments, making travel plans or searching for the information they want. They have PAs, personal assistants, who handle such things. But soon—maybe even this […]


Bionic Design Revolutionizes Flights of the Future

Using bionic design and 3D printing, Airbus is creating a lighter, more sustainable airplane.
Ken Micallef | Redshift

Imagine you’re flying to a vacation destination. To avoid sudden turbulence, the plane’s wings change shape. Or the plane is struck mid-flight, and the impact hole seals before your eyes. Or the plane’s body becomes transparent, allowing you to see out in every direction. That’s the vision of Airbus’ Concept Cabin, introduced in 2011. It […]


Secure Data, Safer Delivery

Keeping the global delivery chain safe from terrorism means employing new technology and better data security, says Tom Ridge.
Tom Ridge | Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP)

On Sept. 11, 2001, the shocking terrorist attack in the heart of New York City, at the Pentagon and in my home state of Pennsylvania prompted our nation to confront a very real question: Are we truly prepared? As we commemorate our nation’s deadliest terrorist attack 15 years later, we have come a long way […]


Car Talk That Saves Lives

How connectivity can make self-driving cars safer on the road.
Huei Peng | University of California

The death of a person earlier this year while driving with Autopilot in a Tesla sedan, along with news of more crashes involving Teslas operating in Autopilot, has triggered a torrent of concerns about the safety of self-driving cars. But there is a way to improve safety across a rapidly evolving range of advanced mobility technologies […]

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The Future of Trade, Inequality and Globalization

There's a lot of noise around trade these days. Let's see where trade could actually take us in the years ahead.
Anabel González | World Bank Group

Anabel Gonzalez, senior director for the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, offers her views on mega-regional trade agreements, the role of trade in reducing inequality and the importance of international cooperation and domestic policies in making globalization work for all. What is the importance of trade in the global economy? AG: International […]


Blockchain and the Digital Currency Revolution

Early investor Barry Silbert, the next presenter in the UPS Speaker Series, says blockchain technology will forever change global commerce. Here’s how:
Brian Hughes | UPS Longitudes

When Barry Silbert first heard about a new, frictionless form of digital money that could move person to person without any cost, he had to learn more. The recovering investment banker – his description, not ours – was running a business that effectively created a stock market for private companies. So he knew a few […]


How Does a Computer Know Where You’re Looking?

In the future, when nobody’s looking, your vehicle will see it all.
Ann McNamara | Texas A&M University

Imagine driving a car, using a heads-up display projection on the windshield to navigate through an unfamiliar city. This is augmented reality (AR); the information is used to not only guide you along a route, but also to alert you to salient information in your surroundings, such as cyclists or pedestrians. The correct placement of […]


The Giving (WiFi) Tree

How do you tackle air pollution in cities? With WiFi-emitting birdhouses, of course.
Rachel Hallett | Formative Content

It may be one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, but Amsterdam could do more to improve its air quality, according to a report that grades efforts by European cities to cut transport emissions. The study gave Amsterdam a D+ rating last year. This was partly because, unlike other European cities, the Dutch capital has […]


Retail’s Virtual Reality Check

Connecting with customers in the physical and virtual worlds requires tools your mom-and-pop shop never imagined.
Paul Butcher | Intel

At its root, connected retail is about one thing: Creating amazing and friction-less customer experiences.  That’s where Intel technology-based unified commerce solutions come into the picture, connecting with customers every time, everywhere and in every way they choose to engage. Getting there is not without its challenges. It means providing a seamless flow among multiple […]


What is Next for Refugees Seeking Asylum in Europe?

Activists, volunteer groups and corporations are helping refugees settle into their new environments, but it’s not easy.
Jill Hilbrenner | The Guardian

“They didn’t go out in public at all,” says Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, an emergency response coordinator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), recalling a Syrian couple she met in Berlin in February. The young parents of three children – a 4 year old and infant twins – had tried to wait out the bloody […]