Insight Foresight Review

By Totti Könnölä | Insight and foresight for transforming innovation ecosystems and society. Edited by Insight Foresight Institute, www.if-institute.org

10 Emerging Technologies to Watch

Innovations that are on the verge of making a difference to society

Innovation

Gerd’s key 2015 ‘ations': digitization, disintermediation, automation, optimization, robotization, virtualization, transformation: HellVen ?

It seems like all those ‘…ation’-words are naturally converging right now; in almost every keynote I am touching on these trends that may, on one …

Virtualization

Emmanuel Macron's Call To Action: Viva Technology!

If you’re in the fashion business, you come to Paris for fashion week; if you’re in the aerospace business, you attend the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget; if you’re in the film business you head to the Cannes Film Festival. If the new French President has his way, you will mark Viva Technology in …

France

EU agrees rules to give more companies access to venture capital

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states and their joint parliament in Brussels on Tuesday agreed new rules to give smaller companies improved access to financing, a move the bloc said would help create jobs and spur economic growth.<p>After the rules are formally adopted, European venture capital …

Venture Capital

Inducement prize: Zero Power Water Infrastructure Monitoring

<b>Topic Description</b><p>Specific Challenge:<p>The objectives of this inducement prize are: to empower the EU water distribution market with solutions based on …

Simple math is why Elon Musk’s companies keep doing what others don’t even consider possible

Physicist Richard Feynman returned over and over to an idea that drove his groundbreaking discoveries. His approach was documentedby his Caltech colleague David Goodstein in the book <i>Feynman’s Lost Lecture</i> about physics classes Feynman taught in the 1960s:<p>Once, I said to him, “Dick, explain to me, …

Why The Future Of Innovation Is Open

Open innovation gives companies and individuals the tools they need as technology and the future change.<p>With the growth of technology and new ways of working, innovation is playing a huge role in the workplace. The most successful organizations are those that can prep for the future and push the …

Innovation

Canada needs an innovative intellectual property strategy

<i>James Hinton is a lawyer, patent and trademark agent with Bereskin & Parr LLP and an assistant professor at Western University. Peter Cowan is a senior IP strategist who led teams on all processes and methods used in patent strategy, portfolio acquisition, management, and licensing.</i><p>The recent …

Innovation

Event - Europe 2050: Preparing a Research Innovation Roadmap for Raw Materials | Research Innovation

New Events - most recently added events appear first in this feed. There is also a feed for past events.<p>There are lots more events (in the area of …

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas. Every few months, a dumb start-up will make the news — most recently the one selling a $700 juicer — and folks outside the tech industry will begin singing I-told-you-sos.<p>But don’t be fooled by …

Artificial Intelligence

Madrid's diesel ban panics carmakers, shifts pollution problem

To fight air pollution, Madrid is among cities around the world that have vowed to ban diesel vehicles by 2025. This leaves car dealers with lots …

Pollution

Six megatrends that could alter the course of sustainable development

As the world works to achieve the sustainable development goals, a recent UN report identifies six issues that challenge ambitious targets<p>We are approaching two years into implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda – a historic agreement to end poverty, combat inequalities, promote peaceful and …

Geography

Cloudification will mean upheaval in telecoms

IN THE computing clouds, startups can set up new servers or acquire data storage with only a credit card and a few clicks of a mouse. Now imagine a …

Economics

New Mathematical Equation Shows How Fast Humans Are Wrecking Earth

It is impossible to predict the future. What we can do is extrapolate a vision from our current body of scientific knowledge, mixed with a bit of …

Ecosystem policy

Growth ecosystems as a tool in the new industrial and innovation policy<p>Competition in the global economy has increasingly become a battle between …

Taxing robots? This is why we might need to

The idea of a tax on robots was raised last May in a draft report to the European Parliament prepared by MEP Mady Delvaux from the Committee on Legal …

Al Gore's Inconvenient Sequel Is Rooted in Trump's Climate Denial

Watch the first trailer here.<p>In the official trailer for <i>An Inconvenient Sequel</i>, Al Gore rhetorically asks climate deniers, "Can't you hear what Mother Nature is screaming at you?" Cut to President Trump, who is apparently screaming louder.<p><i>An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power</i>, which debuted at …

QSTP product development fund to accelerate technology innovation in private sector

Dr Khalid al-Ali, co-founder and CEO of STA, and Hakim during the recent PDF agreement signing ceremony. Hakim and Fawaz Abdalhadi, IQ operations …

EU pledges 400 million euros to boost startups

LISBON (Reuters) - The European Union launched a venture capital fund of 400 million euros ($442 million) on Tuesday aimed at helping regional startups grow and address a capital shortage in Europe for such firms compared with the United States.<p>The EU will provide 25 percent of the capital and is …

Venture Capital

Innovar apostando por la gente y el ecosistema

Whoops! EU’s copyright reforms might suck for AI startups

Governments are having a hard time keeping up with the world of technology, and the EU is no different. By its very nature, governing bodies are slow to change, while the tech industry’s speed is astounding — it’s basically like a hippo chasing a cheetah.<p>Currently the EU is working on reforming its …

Data Mining

GE’s $30 Million Streetlamp Upgrade Illuminates The Rewards And Risks Of Smart Cities

GE insists its San Diego project—part of a global ‘smart city’ push, with connected sensors, cameras and microphones—will protect privacy.<p>Thousands of new “smart” streetlights to be rolled out across the city of San Diego will be connected to a city-wide network, allowing officials to adjust their …

Stephen Hawking calls for creation of world government to meet AI challenges

In a book that’s become the darling of many a Silicon Valley billionaire — <i>Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind</i> — the historian Yuval Harari paints a …

EU study finds ‘strong’ case for European Innovation Council vision

Betting more money on disruptive start-ups in Europe can help solve the continent’s productivity problem.<p>This goal, which aligns with the vision of …

Driverless flying taxi service set to launch in Dubai

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dubai has announced yet another pioneering initiative, but this time it's not the world's first rotating skyscraper or 3D printed office. It's a fleet of flying taxis.<p>Small enough to fit into a car parking space when folded up, the one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese company Ehang …

Drones

Creating A Digital Innovation Factory

Many large, traditional companies view digital innovation in a particular way. They assume the explosive growth of native digital competitors can be largely explained by breakthrough discoveries or technological wonders. True innovation, they assume, is the realm of digital wonks and ambitious …

Innovation

Simpler equity terms needed to help Singapore startups flourish

Overly complex investment agreements can hold back startups from succeeding, say executives from muru-D, who urge angels and investors in Singapore …