Simple Analogy to Demystify AI

Still Trying To Demystify AI? Here’s A Simple Analogy That Even A 10-Year-Old Can Follow. The buzz about AI is everywhere, but most of us still think of AI as a black box. It isn’t. Look Ma…No Hands! In the first column of this two-part series I talked about how leading-edge AI, such as DeepMind’s AlphaGo Zero, can train itself ...

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BP Technology Group, how technology can impact the energy industry out to 2050

Stephen Cook is Chief Commercial Officer, Group Technology at BP since 2017, committed to  commercial deals in technology-related business development, also cultivating and delivering capability in technology strategy, and intelligence. Can you describe the missions of your entity, the Group Technology at BP? Group Technology is BP’s central innovation function, providing joined-up leadership of technology in BP to create transformational ...

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Ten Questions to Answer Before Using Social Tools for Product Innovation

Social media is incredibly effective for conveying marketing messages and for receiving rapid customer feedback. The effectiveness of social media for outbound marketing activities, i.e. getting the news out about new products offerings, and interacting with customers, is well known. But social media is also a tool for inbound marketing – for understanding the customer requirements that become inputs for ...

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How to Build Rural Innovation Ecosystems

The 2016 election revealed a dramatic gap between two Americas—one based in large, diverse, thriving metropolitan regions; the other found in more homogeneous small towns and rural areas struggling under the weight of economic stagnation and social decline. Amazon choosing NY and Washington to build headquarters is an example. Economic development experts agree that regional economic development depends on creating ecosystems that ...

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How to Cut Costs and Still Be Innovative

With all the hype these days around the impending disruptions on the horizon such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and the like, it’s natural to assume that breakthrough innovation requires breakthrough technology. And if you consider the mind-boggling burn rates of recent innovation icons like Uber, WeWork, and MoviePass, it’s also easy to assume that monstrous investments are needed to grow a successful ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of January 2019

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are January’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Top 100 ...

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Should Tech Workers Worry About Age Discrimination?

43 Percent of Boomer Tech Employees Are Worried About Losing Their Jobs. Here’s Why They Shouldn’t Be The workforce is changing in ways that are much more complex than the generational stereotypes we’ve bought into. There’s nothing new about the fear of diminishing employment options as we age. But what is new is the antidote. Just published research of 1,011 ...

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Explore, engage and extrapolate to discover the pains, gains and jobs to be done of your customer

Response-ability is all about your ability to intuitively anticipate the future and to know what your customer wants before your customer knows it. Intuitive anticipation is the main differentiator for successful, innovative companies.   Looping, one dimension of response-ability, has to do with your ability to explore, to engage, and to extrapolate what your customer tells you. At every stage of ...

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