The Internet Of Things Is Simpler Than You Think

As the cutting edge of semiconductor design may help our smartphones diagnose our health in real-time, will connecting our refrigerators to the Internet of...

What Happens After You Get Money For Your Startup?

“I remember one story about someone who had a great idea for earphones and spent six months casting about in Shenzhen without figuring out...

What Does A Nimble Conglomerate Look Like?

“If we owned a steel mill, what happens if our engineers want to make things in plastic, or with 3D printing?” asked Ronnie Leten,...

Trees Are Fueling A Biomaterials Renaissance

“When you make pulp , you’re extracting about half of the content of the wood,” said Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials...

Looking Beyond Regulations For Insights

Cummins, which all but singlehandedly brought diesel engines into the 21st century, is innovating how it approaches technology and solutions development, under the tutelage...

An Idea That Could Change The Steel Industry

About three years ago, industrial giant thyssenkrupp announced it would focus on collaboration across its business areas to help achieve new targets for sustainable innovation....

Two Satellites For The Price Of One

It wasn’t business as usual any longer, to hear Jim Peterka, talk about it. Peterka was tapped to lead the 720SP program at Boeing in early 2011 to...

Reimagining Walls

The Great Recession last decade hit the construction industry early and hard, and USG was no exception. Orders collapsed, as did prices. Though the...

Pushing The Boundardies Of Physics

Can you make it work? was the challenge Pratt & Whitney brought to Alcoa for a radically new engine design in 2009. What emerged...

Turning Experimentation Into Success

In early 2011, a development team from Caterpillar chanced on an opportunity to pitch its work on its first hybrid-electric excavator to potential customers...

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Is Big Data A Black Swan Killer?

The dream of big data is to make experience predictable, and black swan theory says it can’t be done, at least not wholly reliably....

The Oldest Innovation: Monopoly

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is further evidence of its plan to corner the market on retail. It’s about consolidation, not innovation. In fact, controlling...