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  • How can emerging nations respond to disruption: look to the voluntary sector for long-term success

    As a society, we’re poised on the edge of radical, deep-rooted technological and scientific advancement unlike anything we have previously experienced. A range of highly innovative developments will transform literally every aspect of our world – and the process has already begun. Consider how the smartphone, now a ubiquitous tool and toy, has changed the very fabric of our daily […]
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  • Using the Internet of Things for social good

    On September 25, the ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition launched a challenge in partnership with the IEEE IoT Initiative, looking to work with our community to co-create ideas for new startups using the Internet of Things for social good. Once the internet used to be all about connecting people to other people. Now the advent of the Internet of […]
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  • Why exponential change will shake the taxation status quo

    The exponential growth in technology we are currently experiencing heralds a radical restructuring of our societies, businesses and economies. One area where governments and citizens alike can expect technology to make an enormous impact is taxation. As new technologies emerge and converge, new ways of accessing or applying those technologies are also appearing. From open source technology to the Creative […]
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  • We need a new playbook for strategy

    The world has changed, and so should our business theories, strategies and underlying assumptions. Easy to say, perhaps, not so easy to execute. But the basic premise, that stability is the norm and upheaval intense but brief and infrequent, no longer holds true. The periods of stability between punctuations have become dramatically shorter as technology develops, and we’re experiencing a […]
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  • Stop investing in technology, and we are lost

    Technology has an enormous role to play in solving the grand challenges of today, from geopolitical tensions and religious fanaticism to poverty, climate change and the endangerment of privacy and security. Many threads of radical new technological developments and scientific disciplines are converging, or running in parallel, with an utterly unprecedented potential impact, including biotechnology, nanotechnology, neurotechnology, artificial intelligence, drones, sensors, […]
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  • Why education is the answer in a perfect storm of change

      The challenges of embracing the digital era are bringing us into a perfect storm of change. Old systems designed for a pre-Internet world are reaching their limit, overwhelmed by massive economic, financial and political uncertainty, increasing complexity, major environmental pressures, and dramatic, disruptive developments across multiple fields of science and technology. As a result, business cycles are accelerating and […]
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  • The power of co-creation: Future Innovators Summit 2014

    24 innovative minds are headed to Linz, Austria for the Future Innovators Summit, a project of Ars Electronica, ITU Telecom World, and Hakuhodo held between 4-8 September. This group represents a multidisciplinary melting pot of creative engineers, social entrepreneurs and social activists, scientists, artists, designers and tech innovators, including six former winners of the Young Innovators Competition. They will be […]
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  • The concept of work as we know it is toast

    Whether you live to work or work to live, for the vast majority of people throughout the world having a job of some sort is central to the way our lives are structured. So what happens when the drones and the robots take over? This is not a facetious question, nor a piece of science fiction. The impact of artificial […]
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  • Young Innovators Competition 2014 Challenge 3: can you contribute to smarter, greener, healthier cities?

    The ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) is looking for innovative ideas on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help smart cities to slow down or mitigate the effects of climate change for the benefit of global health. Extreme weather events, spread of epidemic and endemic diseases, threats to food and […]
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  • Applying technology to empower, emancipate and encourage us all

    Affordable prosthetic limbs for Sudanese soldiers manufactured on 3D printers, grandmothers bringing the know-how on running solar electricity generators back to their remote villages, electric light powered by a bag of earth and gravity alone, powerful yet cheap batteries to power drones used in disaster management. Projects such as these may not be the most visible face of the dramatic […]
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