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We’ve Moved!

New look, same great content.

  We started Longitudes in 2014 with one goal: to share UPS’s best and brightest ideas with the world. We’ve grown tremendously during the past five years — bringing together UPS and external thought leaders in logistics, technology, sustainability and global trade. But with that growth comes the need for a bigger and better Longitudes […]

Fill in the Blanks

Train your brain to see more clearly what isn’t there (yet).

  When was the last time you traveled to the future? If you’re like most people, the answer is: just a few minutes ago. That’s because the average person travels to the future a whopping 59 times a day. These journeys take place not in a time machine, of course, but in our own minds. We visualize […]

The Humanity in Artificial Intelligence

What happens when AI and humans work together to solve global problems?

  Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood shared that his mother would say, in times of crisis, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” This advice holds true when looking at the potential for artificial intelligence to change the world.  People are using technological advances to create and experiment with innovative approaches to […]

How Sierra Leone Is Using 3D Printing to Become a Model State

By combining 3D printing and complex data analytics, we can improve decision making in boardrooms and state houses around the world.

  The advent of 3D printing, like other Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, has broad and unexpected uses. This groundbreaking machinery creates objects layer by layer and can construct intricate patterns and structures previously impossible to manufacture. Globally, 3D printing, coupled with automation, has already affected how 21st-century manufacturing takes place across industries from aviation to […]

How Corporations Can Better Work With Startups

Corporate venturing allows established companies to access forms of innovation that are difficult to produce internally.

One way that corporations spur innovation is by working with startups — through mechanisms such as corporate accelerators, venture builders and venture clients. Since 2013, the number of corporate investments in startups has nearly tripled from 980 in 2013 to 2,795 in 2018, and their value has risen from $19 to $180 billion, according to […]