Author Archives: Andy Heikkila

7 Fields and Professions That Are Beginning to Rely on Virtual Reality

Innovations in technology are evolving so rapidly that the sci-fi depictions we dreamed of as children are becoming reality. Cars that drive themselves, mini personal computers with touch screens populate our pockets, and now, virtual reality is becoming increasingly more common — so common, in fact, that professionals of all types are beginning to rely on VR in particular. Here ...

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5 Innovative Agricultural Practices That Are Changing the World

Digitization in the modern age means that almost every contemporary field or industry is becoming more and more reliant on hardware connected to and, in some cases, controlled by software. These industries are being transformed from the inside out by innovative technology and practices, and even traditionally analogue ways of life are finding it difficult to resist disruption. Agriculture is ...

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How Innovation and Decentralization Will Forever Change Social Networking

The blockchain and cryptocurrency are more than just buzzwords nowadays. Bitcoin seems to be in the headlines every other day, while techies are all hanging on the looming promise of the blockchain’s revolutionary power. William Mougayar’s The Business Blockchain: Premise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology describes blockchain technology’s promise of security and trust: “The blockchain cannot be ...

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The Innovative Internet of Everything and Everywhere

No Place Left to Hide Everywhere you look around you, there’s a hidden world layered on top of the one you see. This world is made up of information and data, silently being measured, transmitted, and analyzed. Invisible connections between devices, routers, cellphone towers, satellites, and servers comprise this gigantic network and make everything possible from online shopping to GPS ...

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Fatigue and Complacency: The Bane of Inspiration and Innovation

Oftentimes, an entrepreneur or an employee’s greatest strength also acts against them as their greatest weakness. While this duality isn’t always easily expressed, nowhere is it more apparent than in the budding, overzealous worker who burns bright, and then burns out. Workplace fatigue is a more persistent problem in the global economy than you might realize, leading to complacency and ...

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How to Prevent the Digital Dark Ages

On January 24, 2018, during the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, business leaders from around the world convened to launch the formation of the Global Centre for Cybersecurity. The primary reason? To “prevent a digital dark age.” According to a press release on the event: Cyberattacks could cripple economies, nation states and society without collaboration and ...

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Is Smartphone Innovation Dead?

In the early days of cellular technology, a phone’s make and model would indicate vastly varying appearance and features from one device to another; burnt orange phones that flip horizontally to reveal a keyboard, razor-thin flip phones with brushed aluminum exteriors, rectangular Blackberries with their trackball and keyboard face. Nowadays, that’s not quite the case. A walk through the aisles ...

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Innovation in Cybersecurity: Blockchain and Enterprise Immune Systems

Innovation in Cybersecurity: Blockchain and Enterprise Immune Systems - Innovation Excellence

There are two basic problems that are affecting cybersecurity right now. While the ability to cause damage and reap financially from cybercrime has become that much easier for interested parties to obtain, the ability to safeguard against it has become that much more difficult...fortunately, there is technology on the horizon that may make up for our human shortfalls.

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Innovation Should Not Ignore Privacy or Security Risks

Innovation Should Not Ignore Privacy or Security Risks - Innovation Excellence

Will new laws ignore privacy dangers inherent in self-driving cars? Even as the country still reels from revelations that almost 2.5 million more people were affected by the recent Equifax than previously thought (bringing the current total up to 145.5 million), the senate has introduced legislation regarding advanced testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles without addressing privacy or security measures. ...

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