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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 […]

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Can E-Commerce and Sustainability Co-Exist?

A successful company is a sustainable company, which also allows it to keep up with the e-commerce boom.
Greg Brown | UPS

Technology is transforming the retail landscape as we know it. According to Forrester, U.S. online retail sales are anticipated to exceed $520 billion by 2020. Globally, online sales are growing three times faster than GDP. Increasingly, online shopping is being combined with traditional shopping trips to brick-and-mortar stores. According to the 2016 UPS Pulse of the […]

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6 Issues That Will Shape the EU in 2017

The EU reflects on past issues to identify challenges and opportunities in 2017.
Carl Bildt | European Council on Foreign Relations

A year ago in Davos, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Europe published a short report: Europe: What to watch out for in 2016-2017. We noted that the EU “seems to be moving from one emergency to the next” and that “Europeans have taken their eyes off more profound long-term challenges.” We concluded […]

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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 […]

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A Digital Path to Better Healthcare

Mobile technology is laying the foundation for the future of healthcare, but it doesn't have to be flashy.
Ann Aerts | Novartis Foundation

Africa has changed remarkably, and for the better, since I first worked as a young doctor in Angola some 20 years ago. But no change has been more obvious than the way the continent has adopted mobile technology. People in Africa – and, indeed, throughout low- and middle-income countries – are seizing the opportunities that […]

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How 2017 Will Challenge and Reward Retailers

Here are five steps to get ahead for the New Year.

Cooler temperatures, seasonal hiring and final preparations for the holiday shopping season are upon us.  Before we know it, the headlines and water cooler conversations will evolve from this year’s holiday sales to what the New Year will bring. The major storylines shouldn’t be too hard to predict. Online shopping projections, especially mobile, continue to […]

Jenna Schilstra speaks at TED@UPS - September 15, 2016 at SCADshow, Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Jason Hales / TED

TED@UPS: What if Emojis are the Next Evolution of Cryptography?

Emojis aren't just an alternate form of expression. They make language more accessible.

Jenna Schilstra grew up in a country divided between two languages: Dutch- and French-speaking Belgium. With her international experience, Jenna wonders if emojis could be the new global language.  Learn more by watching Jenna’s TED@UPS 2016 talk below, and then check out our conversation with Jenna about her experience as a TED speaker.  Q. What was […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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 is the first entirely autonomous transport vehicle. The fully electric shuttle bus has capacity for up to 15 passengers (and no driver!) and is operating now in Switzerland, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Social Media Game is Changing for Retailers and Everyone Else

Social media is changing the way companies advertise in a bid to win the internet retail game.
Bala Ganesh | UPS

The raging battle for Internet supremacy — to keep eyeballs and content in one place — is changing the way social media and advertising are implemented in every industry.  And retail is no exception. Historically, the aspiration for content publishers has been to achieve a “walled garden” with a controlled environment offering a wide variety […]

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How Texas A&M Designed a Stadium for Millennials

Texas A&M’s IT network architect shares how technology enhances the Aggies fan experience at the stadium

At the library, in the dorms and anywhere on campus, Texas A&M students can post a picture to Snapchat, video chat with their significant others back home or send an email to their teacher. The campus-wide coverage and fast throughput of the school’s Aruba (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company) wireless network made accessing the Internet […]

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Cycling with Real-Time Data

The Solos Smart Glasses are more than just a fashion statement for the cyclists on the U.S. women's team.
Atlantic Re:think | The Atlantic

To gain an edge at the Summer Games, the cyclists on the U.S. women’s team are turning to the latest in mobile, cloud and wearable technology. Their training for the “team pursuit,” a track cycling event, pits two teams of up to four riders against each other on a four kilometer track. The riders’ goal […]

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The Pokémonification of Work

Pokémon Go shows us how “augmented reality” can power industry.

We all love to play. Just look at the reports on the latest Pokémon Go craze and you will see crowds of people roaming around Central Park in New York, or pacing the streets of San Francisco, hunting for silly-looking creatures. The game’s meteoric rise seems to confirm the idea that digital innovations are all […]

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Big Data Tackles Poverty

The Big Data revolution is making access to capital more equitable and accountable than ever. How can it help the poor?
Atlantic Re:think | The Atlantic

Even if you have the best idea in the world, starting a small business is hard. But if you’re one of the two billion people around the world who lack access to basic financial resources, such as a bank account or credit, it’s just about impossible. Karen Little, director of development at Kiva, a microfinancing […]

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Retail Steamrollers: Power Shoppers and Millennials

Don't get flattened by the competition.
Bala Ganesh | UPS

“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you are not part of the steamroller, you are part of the road,” says author Stewart Brand, editor of The Whole Earth Catalog and founder of the Global Business Network. Retailers who do not stay ahead of the technology curve are likely to get flattened.  Consumers are adopting new technologies more quickly than ever […]

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The Smartphone Is Changing Retailing for Good

Nearly half of mobile users are using smartphones or tablets to make online purchases. Is your retail company ready for the small screen?
Bala Ganesh | UPS

Pocket-sized communication devices seem to be taking over our lives — and exercising our thumbs — more than many retailers realize. “The smartphone revolution is under-hyped…more people have access to phones than access to running water,” says Marc Andreessen, entrepreneur, investor and cofounder of Netscape. In terms of time spent, mobile (i.e. smartphone and tablet) […]

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4 Ways to Measure Technology’s Do-Good Impact

The right technology can solve sustainability challenges. Just look beneath the surface.

From smart home technology that helps decrease energy use to fitness trackers that encourage healthier lifestyles, most of us sense that technology has the potential to drive significant positive sustainability impacts across sectors. The challenge, however, is to go beyond a general sense of these positive impacts to more deeply understand, demonstrate and drive sustainability […]

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Designing for Net Impact

How design thinking and interdisciplinary education can change the world.
Matt Alderton | Redshift

A new generation of designers is emerging on college campuses around the globe. It’s not just a new wave of design; it’s also a new wave of how design is done and, ultimately, what it produces. The problem? It’s still an uphill battle to get the resources and networks needed to reach these students’ core […]

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4 Ways Virtual Reality Is Molding the Future of Work

We are just scratching the surface of virtual reality. From doctors to auto technicians to astronauts, here are some ways VR technology is helping to reimagine the future of work.
Grayson Brulte | Brulte & Company

Over time, ideas change and innovation takes us to new, unexplored territories that unleash the kind of creativity that creates new dynamic businesses and reimagines old ones. Today, we are potentially on the cusp of such a change — driven by virtual reality (VR). VR will not simply affect just one particular industry or a scientific […]

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Leaving the Electric Grid Behind

Take a closer look at the symbiotic relationship between the building and the car.
Zach Mortice | Redshift

They’re the twin pillars of the American dream and the current climate predicament: the single family detached house and the automobile—the convenience, freedom and independence enabled by inefficient and finite fossil fuels. As such, much of the urban-planning and architecture industries are focused on ways to radically subvert this inherited infrastructural wisdom. So what if […]

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3 Tech Trends Shaping the Future of Global Logistics

Advanced logistics technologies will create a faster, cheaper and more sustainable circulation of goods.
UPS | WSJ Logistics Report

While the global logistics business has never taken many cues from Silicon Valley, an array of new technologies is set to significantly alter — and likely disrupt — the $4 trillion sector over the next several years. Smartphone apps and GPS technology have already removed the boundaries between factories and roads. Sophisticated tracking software is […]

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Case Study: GloboBot

Imagine your favorite skyscraper. Now picture it having arms and legs.
Mitch Free | Fast Radius

Ogilvy Advertising was planning a campaign called Ogilvy Play to celebrate creative innovation happening in the international agency’s offices around the world. The first studio to get the spotlight was Ogilvy’s headquarters in New York City, where art director Joel Kuntz’s GloboBot project was chosen to kick off the campaign. Kuntz is an accomplished photographer […]

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Turning Up the Volume on Over-the-Top Content

As more people cut the cord on cable, over-the-top service providers see opportunity in services like Uber.
Grayson Brulte | Brulte & Company

While the number of traditional cable subscribers continues to decline, over-the-top (OTT) video services – the delivery of film and TV content without a traditional cable or satellite subscription – are headed in the opposite direction. And now, with the help of Uber, OTT is about to get even bigger. Nearly 60 percent of U.S. […]

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The Challenge of Transformation

Innovative and flexible supply chains are needed to help Southeast Asia live up to its potential.
Mark Wallace | UPS

The following is based on a speech given by Mark Wallace, UPS Senior Vice President-Global Engineering and Sustainability, at the Harvard Asia Business Conference in Cambridge, Mass. In the second of a two-part series, Wallace focuses on the transformation of Southeast Asia.  Click here to read part one. As Southeast Asia prepares to emerge from China’s […]

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China in Transition

Logistics will play a critical role as Asia’s most powerful nation moves to a consumer economy.
Mark Wallace | UPS

The following is based on a speech given by Mark Wallace, UPS Senior Vice President-Global Engineering and Sustainability, at the Harvard Asia Business Conference in Cambridge, Mass. In the first of a two-part series, Wallace focuses on China in transition.  There are two powerful streams of change emerging to create the new Asia: Its most […]

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How Technology Levels the Playing Field for the Blind

Guiding Eyes, along with IBM, uses information technology to give the best assistance possible.
Stephen Hamm | IBM

Ever since Thomas Panek learned at age 20 that he would lose his eyesight due to a condition called retinal degeneration, he vowed that his disability would not prevent him from living a full life. “I wanted to do everything that sighted people do,” he says. He has not let himself down: In addition to […]

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4 Ways Smart Cities Will Make Our Lives Better

Ashima Sukhdev | Ellen MacArthur Foundation

James Pennington | World Economic Forum

As demonstrated in a new report, the rapid and pervasive development of digital technologies, along with an understanding of circular economy principles, will drastically change life for the average urban citizen much sooner than we think. The circular economy is a concept by which materials and products are kept at their highest possible value at […]