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Can Anyone Stop Amazon from Winning the Industrial Internet?

Just the announcement that Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Jaime Dimon will be entering the health care space has sent shock waves for industry incumbents such as CVS, Cigna, and UnitedHealth. It also puts a fundamental question back on the agendas of CEOs in other industries: Will software eat the …

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space …

Silicon Valley vs. Wall Street

How tech is breaking the bank<p>Thirty years ago last Monday, the <b>Dow Jones Industrial Average</b> fell by 508 points.<p>The 22.6% drop, known as <b>Black Monday</b>, was the biggest decline ever recorded on Wall Street. The culprit was an algorithm run amok: software automatically started selling off futures when …

This Vending Machine Prints Short Stories For French Commuters

The Short Stories Distributor machine was created by Short Edition, a French site that lets writers connect with an audience. Currently it has 5,000 …

Bits & Bytes | Instagram's New Features, The Era of Predictive Commerce

This week, Instagram launches live video and vanishing chat images, and how predictive AI will change the way we shop.<p>"<b>Instagram Introduces New</b> …

Self-employment used to be the dream. Now it’s a nightmare | Peter Fleming

Governments have swallowed the ‘entrepreneurial society’ propaganda of neoliberal economists. But the reality of the gig economy is bleak<p>Who doesn’t want to be their own boss? Since the dawn of industrial capitalism, gaining independence over our livelihoods has been the hope for many workers. …

We’re getting closer to clothing made entirely by robots

When it comes to stitching together complex garments, dexterous human hands are still far superior to rigid robot arms.<p>Much of the garment production process is already automated, from picking cotton to spinning yarn to cutting clothes. Some specialist machines can even sew buttons or pockets. …

Indian enterprises’ problem of scale

All Asian countries that have escaped the clutches of mass poverty have done so through a structural transformation in their labour force. China is …

Product content strategy at Shopify

Establishing a content strategy team from scratch is a challenge — especially in a product company with no existing content processes. Since January …

The Platform Paradox

I often hear VCs say that they don’t back products, they back platforms. I find that logic backwards and in many ways dangerous for founders. Platforms can provide a durable competitive advantage, and it’s easy to understand why startups would want to create one. But great platforms are nearly …

How I Did It: Zappos’s CEO on Going to Extremes for Customers

<b>The Idea:</b><p>In the 11 years since Zappos was founded, we’ve had to make some big decisions. One of the most significant came in early 2004, over lunch at Chevys, a chain Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. We hadn’t expected to make a life-changing choice over a plate of fajitas, but when you’re part …

How Can Product Designers Help Solve The World’s Massive E-Waste Problem?

That’s one of the points made in a new exhibition on e-waste at the New School’s Parsons School of Design, which shows the changing landscape of …

What Makes An Image Memorable? This MIT AI Might Hold The Key

MemNet is a neural network run by MIT that can accurately predict how memorable an image is to humans.<p>Not sure why some photographs just brand themselves deep into your memory, while others make no impact whatsoever? With the help of a new neural network that learns to think like humans, …

How digital transformation improved Marie Curie’s marketing strategy

<b>Marie Curie provides care and support for more than 40,000 terminally ill people and their families in the UK each year, therefore it’s vital that</b> …

How will future archaeologists study us?

Our civilisation is recorded largely on compact discs and hard drives, but these things decay surprisingly quickly. Is there a better way to leave a legacy for future historians?<p>It’s easy to assume that the digital world is just pixels and code – lacking the physical form of books or stone tablets. …

How Facebook Turned Messenger From A Feature Into A Startup

Facebook’s VP of messaging on why the company split off Messenger into a self-contained experience–and what the future holds.<p>With 1.5 billion monthly active users, Facebook has proven that it knows how to scale up a web business at least as well as any other company on the planet. But its sheer …

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

For years, Apple followed user-centered design principles. Then something went wrong.<p>Once upon a time, Apple was known for designing easy-to-use, easy-to-understand products. It was a champion of the graphical user interface, where it is always possible to discover what actions are possible, …

'Digital India' lags behind in world internet race

<b>India appears to be falling behind in the global race for mobile internet and broadband penetration, the latest UN figures show.</b><p>India's ranking on broadband penetration dropped to 131 in 2014 - lower by six places since the last year - according to a Unesco report covering 189 countries and titled …

Mobile Devices

Blinded by technology: has our belief in Silicon Valley led the world astray?

In Geek Heresy, computer expert Kentaro Toyama warns against our over-reliance on technology and explains why people, not smart tools, are the key to social change<p>When Microsoft programmer Kentaro Toyama was sent by his employers to India in 2004, charged with using technology to improve education, …

Silicon Valley

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

A survey of schools around the world reveals what schools could look like, trends in personalized learning, the role of teachers and challenges to …

How surge in smartphones, social media could threaten online news providers | gadgets

A surge in the use of smartphones as the leading device for accessing online news and the growing influence of social media could lead to an …

Billion-dollar startups everywhere — but no billion-dollar entrepreneurs (yet)

Over the weekend Heidi Roizen wrote a post that was extensively shared across the tech industry: “How to Build a Unicorn From Scratch — and Walk Away with Nothing.” Go read it right now if you haven’t already, it’s well worth your time; I can wait for a moment… will make an espresso in the meantime.<p>…

How ant colonies, butterfly swarms and lizard tongues are teaching industry a lesson

<b>(CNN) —</b> From the organizational strength of the ant colony, to the unseen communication in a swarm of butterflies, nature has always beaten man to it.<p>But now researchers at Festo, a German industrial control and automation company, are taking their cue from the natural world to gain valuable …

A Cheat Sheet for Marketers on the Future of Digital Platforms

Steven Moore for HBR<p>Customer engagement has never been more urgent or more elusive. Real engagement – the kind that goes beyond a momentary impression to a meaningful interaction – isn’t happening on traditional channels. It’s happening today on digital platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, …

Social Media

As sensors shrink, watch as 'wearables' disappear

(Reuters) - Forget 'wearables', and even 'hearables'. The next big thing in mobile devices: 'disappearables'.<p>Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller - so small, some …

Why Tesla Won’t Be Able to Scale

The world is enamored with Tesla. Auto journalists praise its cars and financial analysts constantly tout the company’s potential. But there’s a critical problem with Tesla’s product strategy: it’s not actually disruptive, which will likely cause it to struggle to scale. This may seem like …

Innovation

Will the next Angry Birds come out of India?

A new generation of talented game makers is looking to put Indian development on the map – just as giants like Disney and Rovio are moving in to exploit the vast local market<p>Every month, blogger Mithun Balraj organises a get-together for gamers and developers in a bar in Koramangala, Bangalore. …

Why Micro Learning Is Educating The ADD Generation

<i>Roman Kostochka is the founder and CEO at Coursmos, a micro-learning platform.</i><p>In 2012, Mashable had published an article called “Technology Creating a Generation of Distracted Students” which reported the results of a study done by Pew Research Center. According to their data, about 90 percent of …