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Design Thinking Needs To Think Bigger

Design thinking, as it was conceived 15 years ago, has outlived its usefulness. Enter systems thinking.<p><i>The following is the second of two excerpts from</i> The Way to Design<i>, a guide to becoming a designer founder and to building design-centric businesses. It was adapted and reprinted with the author’s</i> …

The Roadmap For Building A Business With Heart

A business with heart need not be a large corporation with a strong CSR outreach program; it can be a startup that has an embedded purpose to do …

Beyond Organizational Scale: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Systems Change | World Economic Forum

For a sector that has long been obsessed with the holy grail of organizational scale, the social entrepreneurship sector is now coming to terms with …

World Economic Forum

Blockchain Tokens and the dawn of the Decentralized Business Model

Over the last few years over $1bn has been invested in digital currency startups from venture capital firms and institutional investors. Then …

The art of algorithms: How automation is affecting creativity

“Drawing on your phone or computer can be slow and difficult — so we created AutoDraw, a new web-based tool that pairs machine learning with drawings created by talented artists to help you draw,” wrote Google Creative Lab’s “creative technologist,” Dan Motzenbecker, earlier this week.<p>AutoDraw is …

Artificial Intelligence

Google created a bot that turns your rough doodles into better drawings

AutoDraw is Google’s latest AI experiment<p>This week, we were blessed with AutoDraw. Google’s latest artificial intelligence experiment is an automated drawing bot that takes your doodles and replaces them with better ones. Google calls it “a drawing tool for the rest of us.” A way for anyone, on any …

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

Machine Learning

Google took your drawings and taught its AI to sketch on its own

A few months ago, Google made a game called <i>Quick, Draw!</i>, where it supplied you with a word and you’d try to sketch it online. The game then used a neural network, a statistical approximation of how the brain learns, to identify what you were trying to sketch. It was like playing Pictionary with an …

How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing healthcare

There’s currently a shortage of over seven million physicians, nurses and other health workers worldwide, and the gap is widening. Doctors are stretched thin — especially in underserved areas — to respond to the growing needs of the population.<p>Meanwhile, training physicians and health workers is …

Meet Nadia, the scarily ‘human’ chatbot who can read your emotions

Have you ever dreamt of gazing into the eyes of chatbot while explaining your frustration with a service? If so, that would be oddly specific, but you’d also be in luck, thanks to an ambitious New Zealand startup.<p>The company, which has the eerie name of Soul Machines, has created a virtual chatbot …

Disability

Bots: What you need to know

<i>“Bots are the new apps”</i><i>—Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft</i><p>Bots are a new, AI-driven way to interact with users in a variety of environments. As AI …

10 Food Incubators That Are Helping Entrepreneurs Thrive

We all know that starting a business can be a rough-and-tumble experience, but getting into the food industry can be one of the most challenging of …

Microsoft Health Bot Project - AI At Work For Your Patients

The Microsoft Health Bot project is designed to enable partners to easily create intelligent and compliant healthcare virtual assistants and health …

In The Trump Age, Developers Are Building Apps To Help Refugees

The (contested) refugee ban has led to the creation of several new apps designed to help refugees, who often carry smartphones.<p>For refugees escaping conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere, simply communicating with people in new countries can be a big challenge.<p>Groups helping refugees in Canada …

These are the four questions Y Combinator uses to identify the next unicorn

Over 12 years, Silicon Valley accelerator-turned-seed-fund Y Combinator has invested in more than a thousand companies. Its success stories include Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe, and recipients of its investments are altogether worth an estimated $100 billion today.<p>Y Combinator accepts dozens of new …

Startups

Modern philosophy shows that most atrocities are committed by normal people—not evil ones

That decency always overcomes evil is an axiom of American exceptionalism. We gird ourselves with quotes about the “arc of history,” spoken by exceptional individuals or presidents who were ‘presidential,’ and wait for history to bend. When we—the people Donald Trump has in mind as the “true …

Donald Trump

Philanthropy Turns Out To Be A Good Way To Get Sedentary Kids To Exercise

The Kid Power fitness tracker–which converts steps taken into food donations for hungry children across the globe–is also pretty effective at raising kids’ heart rates.<p>When sedentary kids strap on this Fitbit-like wearable, they might start exercising, at least temporarily. But they’ll work out …

Why it's Time to Dip Your Toes into Artificial Intelligence

One of the biggest opportunities for business is to utilize AI, yet most don't understand the importance of a human's role in adopting this new technology.<p>The field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) was first introduced at a Dartmouth college conference in 1956. At the time, AI founder, Herbert …

New Startup Accelerator For Social Entrepreneurs Targeting Climate Change And Water Systems

Social entrepreneurs fighting climate change: There’s a new accelerator that might be for you.<p>Called Climate Ventures 2.0, it’s run by GoodCompany Ventures, a Philadelphia-based social enterprise accelerator, and will accept 10 startups aimed specifically at addressing climate-related threats to …

Projects

H2Grow | Chad<p>Supported by<p>Innovation Accelerator<p>Established<p>2018<p>Location<p>Chad<p><b>Refugees in Chad are building low-tech hydroponics units to grow fresh</b> …

Farming

Here’s How The UN’s New Accelerator Will Incubate The Best Ideas For Fighting Hunger

Program head Bernhard Kowatsch calls this an “activist Y Combinator,” comparing it to the Silicon Valley organization that incubates young startups. …

This Contest Is Looking For Innovative Solutions To Emergency Food Crises

That’s yielded a host of new concepts that may help close the gap, an estimated 795 million people are undernourished, but it also exposed another …

Agriculture

This app connects refugees to volunteer translators via Facebook Messenger

Language barriers can make a refugee's long journey even more grueling, but a new app is getting them the translation help they need — wherever they …

Take To The Virtual Skies With This Bird-Like Suit

A startup has designed a controller to push the limits of VR immersion

Virtual Reality

Full-Body Flying Suit Uses VR To Give Wearers A Workout

Wearers of the Icaros lay in a plank position and must twist and curve their body to fly through virtual environments

10 Incredible Robots That Are Inspiring Us to Build the First Artificial Human

We’re not yet capable of building humanoid robots that are indistinguishable from biological humans, but that doesn’t mean we’re not trying. Here are …

The Surprisingly Simple Invention That Allows Robots to Make Clothes

Today, sewing relies on the low-tech power of human hands, but soon that may not be the case. Human workers are still needed for the final steps of …

Google and Johnson & Johnson are working on robots for surgery

Google just keeps giving birth to … itself. After the Internet giant rebranded itself as Alphabet earlier this year, the changes have kept rolling in …

The future of fitness might be a VR-friendly exercise bike

To the casual observer, my morning with VR startup VirZoom was spent peddling like a madman with an Oculus Rift strapped to my face. <i>My</i> experience was a little different; far as I was concerned, I was atop a majestic Pegasus snagging coins out of trees in a verdant valley. The folks at VirZoom …