David Forrest

4 Magazines | 8,545 Articles | 835 Followers | 13 Likes | @innovationwatch | David Forrest is a Canadian writer and strategy consultant Twitter: @innovationwatch

Innovation Needs To Shift From Disrupting Markets To Tackling Grand Challenges

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley to be Apple’s CEO in the early 1980’s, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” Sculley would achieve little at Apple, but Jobs would later make it the most …

Innovation

SpaceX’s biggest rival is developing “space trucks” to ferry cargo in an orbital economy

The big kahuna of American rocket companies is the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin that until this year held a monopoly on the lucrative business of launching rockets for the US Air Force.<p>But that monopoly is no more. The company faces a new era of competition …

SpaceX

Pentagon Study Scrutinizes The Future Of Autonomous Robot War

A potential minefield<p>Last summer, the Pentagon's Defense Science Board commissioned a study to examine angles on a particular challenge for DoD, with participants drawn from consulting, defense and technical industries, as well as the military and academia. In possibly the worst John Lennon cover …

War

How Elon Musk Is Rethinking the Factory as a Product

It’s not unlike how Henry Ford changed manufacturing.<p>Leave it to billionaire entrepreneur and Tesla CEO Elon Musk to find the exotic in something as seemingly mundane as manufacturing. At July’s multiday grand opening of the Gigafactory, a sprawling workshop under construction in the desert outside …

Electric Vehicles

How Big Can China's Cities Get? - Bloomberg View

By any measure, Shanghai is one of the world's biggest cities. It's home to more than 24 million people. Its subway system is the longest ever built, …

Cities

DNA chip offers big possibilities in cell studies

A UT Dallas physicist has developed a novel technology that not only sheds light on basic cell biology, but also could aid in the development of more …

Science

Could Fractional Ownership Make Owning Homes Easier?

A company called Point wants to give you cash for part of your house.<p>When people buy homes in expensive markets like San Francisco, they often put their life savings into the deal. They do it because real estate has generally been a good investment over the long term. But the transaction's all-in …

San Francisco Bay Area

Elon Musk's brother is building vertical farms in shipping containers

Entrepreneur Kimbal Musk — yes, he's Elon Musk's younger brother — is trying to grow a variety of things inside the old Pfizer factory in Brooklyn. Among them: a new agricultural venture, hundreds of pounds of leafy greens, and the next generation of young farmers.<p>Starting fall 2016, he and fellow …

Farming

What makes people happy in Europe’s most desirable countries?

The people of Norway have a lot to be happy about.<p>The country tops the table behind a new map showing the best European countries in which to …

Europe

Don't Overlook These 5 Shifts Changing the Future of Work

The rapid growth of technology is challenging the belief humans will do everything.<p>Significant social shifts are influencing the future of work. These changes are forcing businesses to alter the way they remain relevant in the market place. Additionally, these changes are pushing businesses to …

Tech Trends

The Real Benefit of Design Thinking

Design thinking is a proven method for business growth. But, the benefits go as deep for your company as they do for customers.<p>Design Thinking is the name of a formal innovation process used by many leading organizations such as P&G, Mayo Clinic, Bayer, and others. While Design Thinking came out of …

Design

SingularityU Goes International

Announcing Our First Innovation Hub Outside of the US<p>In 1965, Gordon Moore, well known as co-founder of Intel, was a director of R&D at Fairchild …

Innovation

DFJ's Steve Jurvetson Talks About Investing, Innovation & Robots As Agents Of Change

Since 1985, DFJ’s core funds have raised $5 billion to fuel entrepreneurial companies around the world. As a principal of the venture capital firm, Steve Jurvetson is recognized for an uncanny knack for seeing “around the corner” to discover the next truly disruptive technology. His investments in …

Innovation

Columbus’ smart city win may lead to autonomous trucks

The Department of Transportation declared Columbus, Ohio the winner of the Smart Cities Challenge earlier this year. Now, city leaders plan to spend some of the $50 million reward on an autonomous “truck platoon” capable of driving in urban areas.<p>Columbus Region Logistics Council backed the …

Transportation

Look out, U.S.: China set to become a natgas giant

China has been working on developing its shale gas resources for a few years now, with mixed success, mainly because of the difficult geology. But times are changing and, due to developments in shale, Asia’s biggest economy is well on its way to becoming the world’s second-largest producer of …

Asia

Airbus Plans Driverless Sky Taxis ... for Next Year?

Heads up, citizens -- the future is coming in faster than anticipated.<p>At least, that seems to be the case with driverless cars and other automated …

Transportation

Carbon capture can drive a 21st Century revival of British industry

Renaissance beckons for the once great industrial hubs of northern England and Scotland, and the unexpected catalyst may be stringent global climate controls.<p>What looks at first sight like an economic threat could instead play elegantly to Britain's competitive advantage, for almost no other …

Climate Change

How Rethink Robotics Sees The Future Of Collaborative Robots

When the first industrial robot, Unimate, appeared on a General Motors assembly in 1961, it was a modern marvel. The job it performed, transporting die-castings and welding them onto car bodies was not only onerous, but dangerous to human workers, who faced both the risk of injury and being exposed …

The Future

We Need To Switch Our Mental Models From Hierarchies To Networks

In the early 20th century, the great sociologist Max Weber noted that the sweeping industrialization taking place would lead to a change in …

Silicon Valley

Beyond Siri, The Next-Generation AI Assistants Are Smarter Specialists

SRI wants to produce chatbots with deep knowledge of specific topics like banking and auto repair.<p>After birthing a virtual assistant that knows a little of everything, SRI International is working on ones that know a lot about just one thing.<p>The nonprofit research center is arguably best known in …

Banking

It's Official: In 2017, We Begin Mining the Moon

Image source: Getty Images.<i>"To me, landing on the moon is not just about landing on the Moon. It is about what a small group of people are capable of</i> …

Space

Robots-as-a-service: New company introduces first 'goods-to-box' warehouse picking system

inVia Robotics launches a new robotics system that put goods directly into shipping boxes. Instead of investing in a fleet of robots, customers pay a …

Robotics

Uber Begins Its Endgame: Replacing Humans | Motherboard

Taxi drivers have spent the last few years begging local governments around the world to put an end to the threat of unregulated ridesharing. Those skirmishes were mere appetizers, however, for the imminent future, in which the rideshare industry actively tries to rid itself of the pesky resource …

Personal computers

This Tiny, Wireless "Neural Dust" Could Monitor Your Body From Deep Inside

The sensors of the future won't be wearable. They'll be implantable.<p>Fitbit is starting to seem a little quaint. The sensors of the future will be dust-sized, wireless, implanted deep in the body, and have the potential to robotically control a prosthetic arm or leg or treat diseases like …

Wearable Tech

How big data will revolutionize the global food chain

Advanced analytics opens vast untapped potential for farmers, investors, and emerging economies to reduce the cost of goods sold.<p><b>The way digital</b> …

Big Data

Airbus project Vahana

Techies in Silicon Valley invent high-tech products every day. However, they still do not have a solution for one of their biggest problems: rush …

Transportation

This Little Silver Cube Could Be the Future of Personal DNA Testing | Motherboard

If Apple made a personal DNA testing product, it might look something like the Spartan Cube: A minimalist, anodized aluminum box, about the size of a large coffee mug, and roughly as heavy as a small laptop. Aside from the logo of Spartan Bioscience, the Canadian company behind it, there’s nothing …

Genetics

Nasa just made all its research available online for free

Care to learn more about 400-foot tsunamis on Mars? Now you can, after Nasa announced it is making all its publicly funded research available online …

NASA

Uber’s $680 Million Gut-Punch to Google

The hard-charging startup just acquired the guy behind Google’s self-driving car program.<p>Action in the self-driving car industry is picking up speed. In the month since <i>Fortune’s</i> cover story on the industry, the following has happened:<p>Chris Urmson, the head of Google’s GOOG self-driving car program, …

Google

Scientists Can Now Grow And Implant Artificial Corneas

The technology could lead to rejection-free cornea implants in humans.<p>Scientists have successfully grown artificial corneas and transplanted them into living eyes. The trials took place in animals, but the same technology could lead to rejection-free cornea implants in humans.<p>The cornea is the …

Science