Innovation & Tech

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Podcast: Building the Blockchain Ecosystem

Blockchain could be bigger than the internet and revolutionize our financial system, Barry Silbert argues.
Brian Hughes | UPS Longitudes

Click to play podcast. Barry Silbert has a simple goal: to build a better financial system. He says he’s found a way to do just that. Silbert, the founder of Digital Currency Group, a strategic investment company that helps entrepreneurs, financial institutions and technology investors, believes that blockchain will help build that better system. Blockchain is […]

With AI, Answers Are Cheap, But Questions Are The Future

With knowledge growing exponentially, we should be running out of puzzles. Instead, we keep discovering greater unknowns.
Kevin Kelly | WIRED

Because of the tools of science, we know vastly more about the universe, our world and ourselves than we did a century ago. Yet the paradox of science is that every answer we uncover yields at least two brand new questions. More tools and more answers lead to ever more questions. Telescopes, scanners and atom […]

With 5G Technology, the Internet of (20.8 Billion) Things Will Be Realized

Today’s 4G cellular networks aren’t robust enough to handle tomorrow’s products and services.
Matt Alderton | Redshift

Consider this: A driverless car that transports you safely to work while you apply makeup in the backseat or a refrigerator that knows you’re out of milk and instantly orders a fresh gallon. Sounds good, right? How about a light bulb that automatically adjusts its brightness throughout the day, a t-shirt that calls 911 if […]

What It Will Take for Us to Trust AI

Our willingness to accept the unknown could benefit our future.
Guru Banavar | IBM

The early days of artificial intelligence (AI) have been met with some very public hand wringing. Well-respected technologists and business leaders have voiced their concerns over the (responsible) development of AI. And Hollywood’s appetite for dystopian AI narratives appears to be bottomless. This is not unusual, nor is it unreasonable. Change, technological or otherwise, always excites […]

These 3 Books Can Transform Your Business

Looking for new ideas to jumpstart your professional life? Here is a good place to start.
Yura Choung | UPS Longitudes

With so many business books out there, how do you choose which ones to read? There are books on how to work more efficiently, how to be a better leader and how to stay motivated at the office. But what about books that can help you understand the changing business world and how to adapt […]

How IoT Will Change Our Society

Find out how IoT will transform the economy, the workplace and transportation.
HPE Matter | HPE

Some call the Internet of Things (IoT) the Intelligence of Things or the Internet of Everything. By whatever name, futurists say it heralds the moment when sensor-driven data connects everything to everything else and artificial and human intelligence become a seamless whole — the planet and virtually everything in and on it transformed into a […]

3 Ways to Build Innovation Into Your Business

Exploring the gap between aspiration and accomplishment.
Craig Arnold | UPS

Everyone can innovate. But innovative thought by itself is incomplete. Throughout my 30-year career, I have helped many businesses re-engineer their supply chains and boost their services – efforts that have certainly paid off. But when it comes to innovation, there appears to be a gap between aspiration and accomplishment. So what’s missing? While many […]

A Better Way: Leadership, Technology and Prosperity

How we can use tech innovation for the good of all people.

In March 2004, a comedy of errors unfolded in the Mojave Desert. The DARPA Grand Challenge offered a million-dollar prize for any self-driving car that could complete a 240-kilometer course. The best performer didn’t even make it 12 kilometers before coming off the road at a hairpin turn and getting stuck on an embankment. One […]

What We Loved at CES 2017

Here’s what caught our attention at the year’s largest tech summit – and what could become part of everyday life in the near future.
Dave Roegge | UPS

Convenience was the hot item at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with everything – including the kitchen sink – designed to make our lives easier and better. This year’s smart devices were even smarter, artificial intelligence was more intelligent and virtual reality looked, well, more real. As expected, drones were one of the big […]

5 Industries That Will Be Completely Transformed by IoT

The true promise of IoT is massive connectivity across industries, but can it deliver?
Jennifer Alsever | Wired Brand Lab

Contrary to popular belief, the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is not just about your alarm clock knowing when you leave the house or your thermostat adjusting the heat upon your return. Yes, these technological advancements offer myriad possibilities, but IoT technology is so much more than a connected light bulb — it’s […]

Generation Z in the Workplace: 4 Tips for Future Employers

An award-winning roboticist – and high school junior – offers advice to employers who will soon hire Gen Z workers.
Anna Nixon | STEM4Girls

Anna Nixon is seemingly tireless. She’s the co-founder of an educational nonprofit. She’s an award-winning roboticist with more than nine years’ experience. She’s an accomplished conference speaker and a teacher. And one more thing: She’s a high school junior. At 16, Nixon has received more accolades than most will in their entire professional careers. Most […]

How Blockchain Will Transform Our Cities

How will blockchain change the internet? By transforming it from an internet of information to an internet of value.
Hussein Dia | Swinburne University of Technology

Many trends on the horizon offer opportunities that could transform our cities. From self-driving vehicles and the sharing economy to cloud computing and blockchain technologies, each of these trends is quite significant on its own. But the convergence of their disruptive forces is what will create real value and drive innovations. Take blockchain and the sharing […]

Industry Experts’ Top IoT Predictions for 2017 and Beyond

What experts from around the industry expect for IoT in the not-too-distant future.
HPE Matter | HPE

The number of connected devices is expanding at a faster pace than ever before, and it’s clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay. We spoke to top industry analysts and business leaders who shared their thoughts on where IoT is heading next year – and in the years to come. This article […]

With Bio-Texture Modeling, Feeling Is Believing for 3D-Printed Replica Organs

How the futures of healthcare and 3D printing are aligning.
Yasuo Matsunaka | Redshift

When Apple released its 30th-anniversary video in 2014, it featured a somewhat-predictable cast of Mactastic innovators including Hans Zimmer, Moby, April Greiman and others. But one innovator, Dr. Maki Sugimoto, stood out for his creativity in a field not generally associated with the Apple ethos: medical imaging. A leading authority in the field, Sugimoto is renowned […]

The Public Policies Needed to Make IoT a Reality

How governmental action can create a more connected world.
Todd Wasserman | HPE Matter

Enterprise use of IoT has become a reality, but governments in the U.S. and Europe are still catching up to regulate the fledgling industry. In the U.S., federal and state legislators aren’t known for being proactive about regulating technology. For instance, around 23 percent of Americans were already on the internet in 1996 when the federal […]

How Asking ‘What If?’ Will Lead Us to Tomorrow’s Innovations

Today's leaders should encourage their teams to journey into the unknown.

We often talk about how technology – and more specifically, how the Internet – has changed business, but we don’t often discuss how the Internet has changed leadership. The style of leadership we need today is very different from what worked 50, 20 – or even 10 – years ago. Just as the Internet enabled […]

How to Help Combat Malaria: Supply Chain Remedies

Saving millions of lives starts with better supply chains.
Lauren McKown | MIT-D Lab

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria, a life-threatening, but ultimately curable and preventable disease spread by mosquitoes.  Malaria rapid diagnostic tests are an important part of the fight against the disease, but according to new research from MIT, supply chain challenges keep these tests […]

Why 3D Printing is the Next Model T

From knee replacements to personalized Coke bottles, 3D printing is driving the customization movement.
Mitch Free | Fast Radius

Rick Smith | Fast Radius

In 2013, an Indonesian designer named Arie Kurniawan re-imagined an airplane part and won a GE aviation contest. He wasn’t a trained aerospace engineer, and he didn’t have experience with industrial manufacturing. He simply understood what many of his rivals did not: the power of 3D printing. His design beat out 1,000 entries to become the first […]

The IIoT is Where it’s Really At

While consumers may take time to embrace Internet of Things, industry isn't waiting.
Jon Pittman | Autodesk

Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes coined the saying, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” And upon his death, Forbes certainly had a lot of toys. But in 2016, not all consumers agree with that sentiment when it comes to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Product manufacturers may be banking on consumers trampling over each […]

TED@UPS: Could Biology Cure Traffic Congestion?

What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Wanis Kabbaj sits down for a Q&A.
Wanis Kabbaj | UPS

In September, UPS Healthcare Strategy Director Wanis Kabbaj gave a TED@UPS talk. Longitudes caught up with him recently to talk about the experience and what he hopes people might learn from his presentation. His talk is being featured on TED.com – click the link below to view. Afterwards, check out our Q&A with Wanis below. Q. […]

Evolving Cities for the Digital Economy

To thrive in the transition to a digital economy, cities need to build networks of people that share information.
Michael Hendrix | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Patrick McAnaney | Johns Hopkins SAIS

To thrive in the transition to a digital economy, cities need to develop the right types of knowledge and know-how in their companies and workers. This is not only accomplished through formal education and training but through networks of people sharing information. As new technologies transform our economy, the cities that can best leverage these networks […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Robot Knows Best

By linking emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, we can build more human-like digital assistants.
Corinna Lathan | AnthroTronix

Stuart Russell | University of California, Berkeley

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 […]

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 […]