Tessellate: Innovus

By Tom Ogaranko | A curated collection of articles to inspire and inform innovators driving breakthrough performance.

How blockchain will shape up in the enterprise in 2018

Enterprises must be ready to face the hype behind blockchain technology.<p><i>Video: Blockchain in 60 seconds</i><p>The visionaries will forge ahead, and those …

Bitcoin

The New World of Innovation-as-a-Service

Capturing innovation from "the crowd" (as in crowdsourcing) is now streamlined enough to become a part of any company's survival kit.<p>Technological disruption is shattering all those truisms we've held on to for so long: Social media has cast new meaning on the phrase, “A stranger is just a friend …

Innovation

Software 2.0

I sometimes see people refer to neural networks as just “another tool in your machine learning toolbox”. They have some pros and cons, they work here …

Machine Learning

Not Your Daddy’s Farm

When you imagine a farm, this is probably the last thing you’d think of… and that’s precisely its appeal! Called Lotus, this floating architecture is …

Farming

Why openness, not technology alone, must be the heart of the digital economy

When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1440 it was, just as the internet has been in our time, a revolutionary development. Before …

Innovation

Blockchain: Funding the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Originally written by Nick Ismail on Information AgeThe Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is the logical extension to a series of …

Manufacturing

How Creating An Entrepreneurship Function Can Help Sustain Corporate Innovation

Lean Startup Week 2017 has just wrapped up in San Francisco. It was a great week of workshops and keynote speeches. The week was themed around <i>The Startup Way</i>, which is the latest book by Eric Ries. Conversations during the week were focused on how large established companies can effectively adopt …

Innovation

A Contrarian View of Invention

We put innovation and invention on pedestals. Should we?<p>I'll start by pointing out that I have several patents to my name. I conceived of the inventions and wrote the patents. I have advanced degrees in science. I started several ventures.<p>I'm not writing to brag or put patents or innovation down, …

Innovation

How to Find Balance Between Incremental and Disruptive Innovation

Getting your innovation investment strategy right.<p>While innovation is often obvious in hindsight, it can be a lot more complex than it first appears. In reality innovation presupposes a multitude of activities and outcomes. Innovation can be small changes to existing products (incremental) or …

Innovation

Meet The Sector Disruptors

<b>Summary</b><p>Equity sectors themselves have rarely changed, but the composition of companies within each sector evolves over time as we transition from one …

Investing

The Risk To R&D From Rising Economic Nationalism

by Barry Jaruzelski<p>In the <i>2017 Global Innovation 1000 study</i> titled <i>Will Stronger Borders Weaken Innovation?</i>, Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting group, examines the impact that the rise of economic nationalism and protectionism could have on the global innovation model that most companies have …

Economics

Why Urgency is the Most Important--and Overlooked--Element of Innovation

Innovation urgency comes from external threats and internal goals.<p>I'm a big fan of Stephen Covey's thinking, especially the "urgent vs important" dilemma. If you are familiar with this you know his thinking is that we spend far too much time on urgent issues, and not nearly enough time on important …

Innovation

The biggest roadblock to AI adoption is a lack of skilled workers

While there is nearly universal agreement that artificial intelligence offers the promise of revolutionary benefits, recent survey findings from Gartner reveal almost 60 percent of organizations surveyed have yet to take advantage of the benefits of AI. Perhaps even more surprisingly, only a little …

Artificial Intelligence

Advice on how to predict the future, from a professor whose job is to predict the future

For a futurist, Richard Watson has funny ideas about time. The British writer and lecturer teaches students, governments, and businesses “disruptive futurology,” or how to think about tomorrow, while rifling through month-old Sunday papers—in print!—skimming dated headlines.<p>When I met him, Watson …

Brainstorming

How Canada’s unique research culture has aided artificial intelligence

ROBOTS controlled by remote supercomputers. Self-driving cars on narrow, winding streets. Board-game players of unimaginable skill. These successes …

Artificial Intelligence

Boards: Innovation Is Your Responsibility Too

The challenge of leading innovation is bringing about a sea change in corporate governance. Boards, once the dependably cautious voices urging management to mitigate risk, are increasingly calling for breakthrough innovation in the scramble for competitive advantage. We see this shift playing out …

Governance

A Manager’s Guide to Augmented Reality

There is a fundamental disconnect between the wealth of digital data available to us and the physical world in which we apply it. While reality is three-dimensional, the rich data we now have to inform our decisions and actions remains trapped on two-dimensional pages and screens. This gulf between …

Augmented Reality

Three Star Trek technologies about to become reality will help us leapfrog our biggest limitations

When you were young, what did you dream of when you looked to the future? Did it have anything to do with the exploration of the unknown? Of pushing back the frontiers and limits of our knowledge? Of discovering new worlds, new forms of life, or even entirely new civilizations?<p>When the original <i>Star</i> …

Star Trek

Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future'

See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, …

Clean Energy

How to Spot a Machine Learning Opportunity, Even If You Aren’t a Data Scientist

Artificial intelligence is no longer just a niche subfield of computer science. Tech giants have been using AI for years: Machine learning algorithms power Amazon product recommendations, Google Maps, and the content that Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter display in social media feeds. But William …

Machine Learning

5 Industries 3D Printing Will Disrupt in the Next 10 Years

It's already begun.<p>3D printing technology has come a long way in the recent years, and it's really started to mature in terms of both its capabilities and its real world applications. It's no longer just theoretical - it's practical in a wide variety of instances, and that's good news for both 3D …

Mona Lisa

The US government underestimated solar energy installation in the US by 4,813%

The only thing certain in this life are death, taxes and the US department of energy’s massive underestimate of renewable energy capacity.<p>Every two years, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), America’s official source for energy statistics, issues scenarios about how much solar, wind and …

Renewable Energy

Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity

Remember AlphaGo, the first artificial intelligence to defeat a grandmaster at Go? Well, the program just got a major upgrade, and it can now teach …

Artificial Intelligence

The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone

There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris …

Energy

7 Artificial Intelligence Stats That Will Blow You Away

Forget the killer-robot talk for now.<p>Artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming the next big thing for tech companies. Chipmakers, software …

Artificial Intelligence

The maker of one AI hedge fund panicked when he couldn't explain how it made money (NVDA, AMD)

Artificial intelligence has been around since the 1950s but is exploding in popularity recently, especially in the world of finance.<p>The idea that an investor can do a bit of programming, and then sit back to watch the profits roll in is an exciting idea, especially when it works. But according to a …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's Why So Many Companies Find It So Hard To Innovate

Innovation isn't like operations<p>In 1892, George Eastman formed the Eastman Kodak Company to "make the camera as convenient as a pencil." It was an idea whose time had come and by the early 20th century, Kodak emerged as one of America's largest companies and Eastman one of its most successful …

Innovation

Watch Elon Musk’s keynote where he announced SpaceX’s new rocket and Mars colonization

Elon Musk gave a keynote address yesterday to the International Aeronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. During the 43 minute talk, which is embedded above, Musk laid out SpaceX’s future including colonizing Mars and building one rocket to rule them all.<p>The talk is fantastic. Elon was Elon and …

Elon Musk

Wind power is now cheaper than nuclear – the energy revolution is happening

Far-sighted government policy means the cost of offshore wind energy has halved. The benefits in terms of climate change and UK jobs will be enormous<p>In March I went to see Henrik Poulsen, the boss of Dong Energy, in Copenhagen. Never heard of him or his company? You are not alone, but the chances …

Wind Power