Innovation & Tech

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Uniting Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is a contact sport. But this expert has some tips for aspiring business owners.
Victoria Lennox | Startup Canada

Victoria Lennox is the co-founder of Startup Canada, an organization established in 2012 to provide support to entrepreneurs in Canada and beyond. Their goal is to create an environment and culture for entrepreneurs to succeed. The organization uses grassroots startup communities to connect mentors, investors, service providers and other entrepreneurs. Longitudes caught up with Victoria […]

Making Work More Human

Can an automated world help us rediscover what it means to be human?
David Lee | UPS

It’s near certain that some, if not all, of your work will be done by a robot or software in the next few years. David Lee believes that if humans don’t take an active role in responding to this change, we’re almost certain to be living a future that is robotic, largely unemployed and … […]

Building Up Your Cyber Defenses

Are you equipped to handle unprecedented cyberattacks? Here’s how to assess your readiness.
Dave Zamsky | UPS

Cybersecurity breaches and cybercrime create some of the most pervasive problems in our digital age, and recent headlines remind us that even the largest, most secure organizations can become victims. The Equifax data breach prompted millions of Americans to think more seriously about cybersecurity, assess their vulnerability and question how to protect their finances – […]

4 Innovations to Build Thriving Cities

We can create a core framework for innovative solutions to complex urban problems.
Alice Charles | World Economic Forum

Economic, social and creative opportunities draw people to cities in this increasingly urban world. Today, 54 percent of the global population lives in cities and with another 3 million people per week moving to urban centers, the U.N. estimates two-thirds of the global population will live in cities by 2050. This trend is particularly evident in Africa […]

For Better Brainstorming, Tell an Embarrassing Story

Candor leads to greater creativity. Take a stab at self-deprecation.
Leigh Thompson | Northwestern University

It was Alex Osborn, a 1960s advertising executive, who coined the term brainstorming. He passionately believed in the ability of teams to generate brilliant ideas, provided they follow four rules: Members should share any idea that comes to mind. Build on the ideas of others. Avoid criticism. And most notably, strive for quantity not quality. Subsequent scientific […]

Eyes in the Sky for Disaster Assessment

Drones and other visual intelligence can dramatically bolster recovery efforts following natural disasters.
Bev Adams | Guy Carpenter

Duncan Ellis | Marsh

In the wake of flood, surge and wind damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, access to numerous residential, commercial and industrial properties was limited for days, even weeks. Learn more about UPS’s efforts to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria. Many property owners struggled to safely assess the physical and economic losses. Such access […]

The Industrial IoT Must Transform

Here's how companies can better take advantage of the IIoT.
Nigel Upton | HPE

The Industrial IoT (IIoT) can be seen as a way to optimize existing processes and business models, for instance by achieving higher degrees of automation or by avoiding outages with the help of predictive maintenance. However, IIoT can and must be more. We have seen how new digital business models have disrupted industries like media, […]

The Next Energy Revolution Is Already Here

We will soon be both energy consumers and energy producers.
Gao Jifan | China Photovoltaic Industry Association

Looking back at the history of human civilization, for a long time, firewood was the primary source of energy. However, back then, energy ultilization was low and as such, air pollution emissions were also low. The invention of the steam engine in the 18th century marked the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, which led to […]

Leaders: Are You Future-Proof?

Here are five leadership literacies for current and future leaders to take their own leap into the future.
Bob Johansen | IFTF

We think we are connected today, but the next 10 years will be a period of explosive connectivity and asymmetric upheaval. In this future world of dramatically amplified digital connectivity, anything that can be distributed will be distributed. Most leaders – and most organizations – aren’t ready for this future. Bob Johansen discusses his new book, The […]

This Is What an AI-Powered Future Looks Like

A society reliant on artificial intelligence will have a dramatic impact on the design of cars, houses, products and services.
Grayson Brulte | Brulte & Company

Today we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible with artificial intelligence (AI) and how individuals will interact with its various forms. Every single aspect of our society — from cars to houses to products to services — will be re-imagined and redesigned to incorporate AI. A child born in the […]

We All Need to Forget, Even Robots

How do we decide what a robot should remember?
Christopher Stanton | Western Sydney University

We all know what it’s like to forget something. A loved one’s birthday. A childhood memory. Even people capable of extraordinary memory feats – say, memorizing the order of a deck of cards in less than 20 seconds – will still forget where they left their keys. People, it seems, are never in complete control […]

Innovation for Last-Mile Connectivity

Billions of people lack access to the internet or even basic mobile networks. How can we connect the unconnected?
Troy Etulain | FHI 360

Connectivity transforms lives. Access to a mobile network, including the internet or a mobile phone, opens the door to information, and information enables people to discover their full potential. Without connectivity, people are in the dark, closed off from opportunity. Yet, more than 4 billion people remain unconnected to the internet, and 20 to 40 […]

Education and the Success of Tomorrow’s Workforce

Workers need to be nimble enough to solve new, fast-moving problems.
Randy Swearer | Autodesk

Amid today’s fast-moving, tech-heavy landscape, sit back and ask yourself an important question: How does your degree and formal education impact what you’re doing in your work life? This question gets to the heart of the immediate need for a foundational shift in how academia and industry operate — and need to cooperate — for […]

What to Do When Your Boss Says ‘Be Creative’

Novel ideas don’t just come to us like flipping on a light switch.
Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks | University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business

There’s a misconception that our brains are like computer random access memory, able to pluck the best information on command or, in particular, when needed for generating new ideas. That isn’t how it works, and it’s why many individuals and teams struggle to innovate. They’re told to “be creative” without being taught how exactly to […]

Latin America’s Innovation Potential Is Largely Untapped

New policies in Latin America could kick-start the global economy.
Lorena Rivera León | United Nations University

Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico were Latin America’s big winners in the 2017 edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII), which ranks the world’s economies on their innovative capabilities (innovation inputs) and measurable results (innovation outputs). The GII report, launched in June at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, was co-authored by Cornell University, […]

The Future of Mobile Engagement

Seamless connectivity will create competitive advantages for leaders in many industries.
Eugene Berger | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

It’s 2017. Going digital is no longer a choice but an integral part of any business strategy worth its salt. And mobile technology is at the heart of this, whether you want to boost engagement by placing connected devices in a museum or improve the customer experience with custom applications for your shopping mall. Now […]

5 Ways Mobile Technology Can Help in Humanitarian Emergencies

Mobile technology can be a lifeline in dire situations.
Mats Granryd | GSMA

An estimated 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes in 2016, and this number continues to rise. From 2000 to 2016, more than 3.5 billion people worldwide were affected by natural disasters and humanitarian crises – and the scale of response required in these situations is placing increasing pressure on the humanitarian sector […]

3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Plastic Surgery

How 3D printing is benefiting patients, doctors and pocketbooks.
Yari Bovalino | GE Aviation

Maggie Sieger | FitchInk

At first glance, the line of cheerfully colored plastic skulls atop professor Laurent Lantieri’s bookshelf might be out-of-season Halloween decorations. But a closer look reveals something less than cheery: jagged holes, missing jaws and crumpled eye sockets. The skulls represent something very real – injuries that Lantieri has fixed. Only the most seriously injured – whether by […]

The Making of a Pioneer

A Q&A with the co-founder of iRobot on leveraging technology and disruption.
Helen Greiner | CyPhy Works

With big dreams and a passion to be a pioneer, a robotics innovator began her journey. Helen Greiner, the co-founder of iRobot and now CTO and founder of CyPhy Works, began her career much like many of us – as an intern. She worked in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, helping design robots to make repairs […]

Student Engineers Have The Right Stuff

Could SpaceX’s Hyperloop pod competitions lead to a breakthrough?
TJ McCue | Refine Digital

At an unknown point in the future, a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles could take approximately 30 minutes – an amazing feat of mass transportation – if Elon Musk is right about his Hyperloop concept. That’s compared to the current five-plus hours by car or two hours on an airplane, both hugely optimistic figures not […]

Making Driverless Cars Safe for People on Foot

Discovering the best communication approach between autonomous cars and pedestrians is crucial to safety.
Michael Clamann | Duke University

Right now, there are two ways to safely cross a road: Wait until no cars are close by so there’s enough time to make it to the other side of the street – or communicate with oncoming drivers. As the number of pedestrian deaths on U.S. roads climbs, up 25 percent since 2010 to more […]

How AI and Machine Learning Improve Schizophrenia Research

Powerful technology can identify and measure the progression of schizophrenia.

In the U.S., about 20 percent of adults suffer from a mental health condition, ranging from depression to bipolar disorder to schizophrenia, and about half of those with severe psychiatric disorders receive no treatment. While early identification, diagnosis and treatment for patients with psychosis tends to mean improved outcomes, there are significant barriers to progress. […]

What Did You Learn Today?

How to inject learning into your daily habits.
Mark Modesti | UPS

There is so much coming at us – the critical mixed in with the mundane. It can all become a blur of open loops. But luckily, habits provide a way of instilling order in the chaos. I’ve probably implemented hundreds of daily habits over the years, but I’ve only kept a half dozen or so. Some […]

Automation and Tech Will Change How We Build

The buildings and communities we live and work in could soon serve a very different purpose.
Viktor Weber | Future Real Estate Institute

Our built environment and its entire value chain are in the wake of a severe transformation. Artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, robotics and other technologies are not only responsible for the emergence of smart cities, automated processes and new business opportunities, but a change to the rules underpinning the real estate industry. The […]

Biometrics: The Next Frontier of Marketing?

Could bio-based purchasing bring us closer to our better selves?
Bradley Kreit | Institute for the Future

Efforts to automate our personal lives are nothing new. We use alarm clocks to automate waking up on time; calendar alerts to remind us of meetings; streaming services like Pandora to automatically deliver music tailored just to our preferences. But personal automation isn’t just a matter of convenience. Increasingly, we’re learning that automating both big […]

How Employers Can Close the Skills Gap

What's the major driver of the skills gap? A failure to communicate.
Jason A. Tyszko | U.S. Chamber of Commerce


The “skills gap” has become a popular term to describe a labor market in which job applicants lack the skills that employers demand, leaving graduates without jobs and employers without qualified employees. A recurring theme when discussing this skills gap is that employers would be more successful with finding and onboarding talent if they were […]

3 Reasons Why You Should Invest In Smart Cities Now

It’s time for city planners, governments and business leaders to embrace technology that is changing our lives for the better.
Gary Shapiro | Consumer Technology Association

Imagine you’re heading to work on a cold winter day. You step outside your perfectly climate-controlled home, and your self-driving car pulls up to the curb as scheduled. You enter the car from the extra-wide, pedestrian-friendly sidewalk. The car warns you there is ice on your standard route, which has slowed traffic considerably. Using data […]

‘We Cannot Leave People Behind’

We can extend the benefits of tomorrow’s world to more people today.
Stanley Bergman | Henry Schein, Inc.

This article was excerpted from remarks delivered by Stanley Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., at the New York Stock Exchange on July 18, where Mr. Bergman was honored as the 2017 CEO of the Year by Chief Executive magazine. As everyone here knows, no business leader succeeds on his or her own. […]

Building a Transparent, Digital Food Supply Chain

Consumers are demanding more information about their food products and hope to get it from mobile devices and UPC barcodes.
Andy Kennedy | FoodLogiQ

The good old UPC barcode has been around for nearly a half century, but savvy consumers are pushing hard for advancements in the way we track supply chains and deliver product information. The ubiquity of web-connected mobile devices with high-quality cameras enables mobile app developers to leverage the barcode in fresh ways. They can now […]

Cash is Falling Out of Fashion – Will It Disappear Forever?

Let's take a look at the future of money.
Bhaskar Chakravorti | Tufts University

On June 27, the ATM turned 50. Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker once described it as the “only useful innovation in banking.” But today, the cash that ATMs dispense may be on the endangered list. Cash is being displaced in so many ways that it’s hard to keep track. There are credit cards […]