Big data needs to be fast and diverse or it’s useless

Companies need to focus on making this big data fast, intuitive and easy to manipulate.

In the past year big data has become one of the most buzzed about topics, and potentially overhyped, phrases of the year. Big data has huge disruptive potential and the flood of attention should be no surprise. A recent IDC report stated that the business analytics software market grew by 14.1 percent in 2011 and will continue to grow to reach $50.7 billion in 2016, all driven by the focus on big data.



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Top 20 most important inventions in the history of food and drink

Science experts rank the refrigerator as Invention #1.

The UK’s national academy of science, The Royal Society asked a question: What are the most meaningful innovations in humanity’s culinary history? What mattered more to the development of civilization’s cultivation of food: the oven? The fridge? The plough? The spork?



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The limitations of venture capital on true innovation

Republicans and Democrats will agree on little during this years elections, including how to get the U.S. economy growing.  Will it take higher taxes or smaller government to get the economy growing again? One path to growth that is widely agreed upon is technological innovation, which has historically been closely associated with the American venture-capital-backed startup company.



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What is the future of communication?


Experts talk about the future of communication.

Communication plays a role in all information exchanged among living species. Even plants and fungi communicate with each other.

But what sets us humans apart from other living species?  It is the speed at which our means of communication develops and innovates. Technology has been helping us to communicate easier, faster and more often. We’re now at a point where we’re “always on” and panic sets in when we temporarily lose the ability to communicate – for example when we lose the data connection our mobile phone.

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The greatest innovation in packing tape since the sticky side

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A simple revolutionary new design changes the package experience.

If you’ve ever marveled at how easy it is to open a padded shipping envelope thanks to its built-in rip cord that tears through the material, you’ll instantly understand why this enhanced roll of packing tape is pure genius…

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Entrepreneurial innovation moving to the inner cities


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Just ten years ago the term “inner city” meant “dead city” and people would picture a city of destruction, dereliction and despair.  But, today inner cities are now a hip hotbed of convenient culture, commerce and connection.  Scholars such as Richard Florida and Edward Glaeser, among others, are showing that although increasing problems accompany increasing density, urban access to the good things of life increases even faster. The centripetal force of today’s cities is pulling the ambitious and educated back in, and increasing cities’ innovative capacity, without sacrificing (at least some would argue) their inclusiveness.

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32 technological innovations that will change your tomorrow


The electric light bulb was a failure.

In the early 1800’s, the British chemist Humphry Davy invented the light bulb but it was a failure.  The light bulb spent almost 80 years being passed from one researcher to another.  Finally, in 1879, Thomas Edison figured out to to make a light bulb that people would buy.  But the technology wasn’t an immediate success.  Another 40 years later the electric utilities were stable and profitable businesses.  The light bulb only happened because the utilities created other reasons to use electricity.  They found a lot of uses for electric motors and the electric toaster and electric curling iron were invented.  They also built Coney Island.  And they installed electric streetcars lines in towns.   All of these other gadgets gave us the light bulb.

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Top 10 techiest cities in America


Seattle tops the list of top techiest cities in the U.S.

As part of the annual America’s Favorite Cities survey, Trave l + Leisure readers ranked 35 major cities on qualities such as microbrews, live music and street food. Readers also judged how tech-savvy the locals seem, and the reliability of wireless coverage; we combined the two sets of results to come up with our list of the techiest cities.

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Solving America’s innovation problem starts with solving with the immigration problem

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America should not ignore an obvious source of human capital – those from other countries.

What drives innovation? People with creative ideas, intellectual talents and personal ambition do.  America has always relied individual and collective breakthroughs in human knowledge and production to enhance our lives and our econom, from advances in science, mathematics and health care to new technologies, products and companies. As the nation continues to find ways to improve the educational and life opportunities of its own citizens to help spark innovation, we should not ignore an obvious source of human capital–those from other nations.


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Countdown to the Big Event – The DaVinci Inventor Showcase on November 5th

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Deadline for Exhibiting at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase is Friday, Oct 28th

It all starts with an epiphany. Every invention begins with a single “eureka moment” or some “brilliant revelation” that causes the inventor to take action.

These epiphanies become the idea seeds planted by inventors around the world. But we can only wish the process was as simple as adding water and fertilizer and waiting for the ideas to spring to life.

Inventions are not just patents to be hung on a wall. They are the starting point for a new business enterprise. So, not only does the inventor have to figure out how to create a working product or device, they also have to drive it forward, creating a business model that will enable it to survive. And that’s where the DaVinci Institute comes in.

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OECD warns quality of patents ‘falling dramatically’


Companies are filing overly broad patents on obvious ideas in the hope that one day the technology will become feasible.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development reports that “the quality of patent filings has fallen dramatically over the past two decades. The rush to protect even minor improvements in products or services is overburdening patent offices. This slows the time to market for true innovations and reduces the potential for breakthrough inventions.”


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