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Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy
The relentless parade of new technologies is unfolding on many fronts. Almost every advance is billed as a breakthrough, and the list of “next big things” grows ever longer. Not every emerging technology will alter the business or social landscape—but some truly do have the potential to disrupt the status quo, alter the way people live and work, and rearrange value pools. It is therefore critical that business and policy leaders understand which technologies will matter to them and prepare accordingly. Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy, a report from the McKinsey Global Institute, cuts through the noise and identifies 12 technologies that could drive truly massive economic transformations and disruptions in the coming years. The report also looks at exactly how these technologies could change our world, as well as their benefits and challenges, and offers guidelines to help leaders from businesses and other institutions respond.

Kurzweil: Brains will extend to the cloud News By Johanna Ambrosio October 3, 2012 09:21 AM ET Computerworld - SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Human brains will someday extend into the cloud, futurist and computer pioneer Ray Kurzweil predicted at the DEMO conference here on Tuesday. Social innovation Social innovation is one of those phrases that is in danger of becoming nearly meaningless due to its overuse, and use in such a wide variety of applications. Today, most businesses want to have some claim on the idea that they’re doing something good, and most nonprofits want to be able to say that they’re moving beyond old models of charity and bringing something more innovative to their work. But what’s an actual definition of social innovation? That’s harder to come by. And without a definition, it’s hard to point at who is doing it well and who is doing it badly. At the 2011 Social Innovation Summit, PwC convened a variety of leaders in the field--including Charles Best from Donors Choose; Rahul Raj,’s director of sustainability; and Nancy Lublin, CEO of to the question: "What is social innovation?"

Intel Readies Laser Chip Business Intel came to dominate computing by consistently beating others at packing transistors ever more densely onto chips for desktop computers and servers. Today, even as the PC market shrinks and the giant company struggles to convince phone and tablet makers to use its chips, Intel spends $10.1 billion on research annually. Justin Rattner, who has been the company’s CTO, recently met with Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review’s senior IT editor, to argue that this investment will help Intel’s mobile chips overtake those of its competitors and create new businesses. Last Thursday, Rattner announced he was stepping down as Intel’s CTO to take personal leave. He plans to return to the company in a different position.

How to build revenue: 24 types of business models with examples Business model defines what a business does and how it makes money doing that. In this post, we will see various popular business models used by modern businesses. Create a physical good, a service or a virtual good – movie, music This is the most fundamental business model.

Digital Disruption in Finance - Million Dollar Round Table MDRT Futurist Speaker Digital Disruption in Finance A quick word from Philadelphia, where I have just presented at the Million Dollar Round Table #MDRT2013 conference on Digital Disruption. The Million Dollar Round Table is the premiere global conference for the financial advisory and insurance industry, and is an invite only event for members that qualify based on commercial success and a strict code of ethics. The topic of Digital Disruption has generated a lot of buzz in the industry because of a couple of key reasons: Digital Disruption is upending the way consumers and customers of financial and insurance products are researching and accessing information on their life investments, meaning that professionals in the industry have to step up their digital presence to attract new clients, and service existing ones. According to this research from Deloitte, digital disruption will continue to impact the industry, as you can see in the bar on the extreme right.

Sensors Are About To Disrupt Your Industry Wireless sensors are starting to unleash a wave of disruptive innovation that will bring with it immense entrepreneurial opportunities. There will be more wireless sensors in our world--by far--than there are smartphones, dumb phones, tablets, laptops and PCs combined. Billions upon billions today--and trillions tomorrow. They will give us superhuman senses: to see "through" walls, to "hear" sounds many miles away, to "know" things we never could have known before. No matter the size of your company, the ability to look at this new sensor-enabled world through the eyes of an entrepreneur is the price of admission. Social innovation Social innovations are new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet social needs of all kinds — from working conditions and education to community development and health — that extend and strengthen civil society. Social innovation includes the social processes of innovation, such as open source methods and techniques and also the innovations which have a social purpose — like microcredit or distance learning. Social entrepreneurship can be innovative and it also overlaps with innovation in public policy and governance.

Labs Looks Inside the Future Technology and Innovation Making a Better Tomorrow at Research@Intel Event Today marks the 11th annual Research@Intel event, showcasing 20 research projects from around the world, each exploring technologies to enrich lives with smarter cities, homes and offices, and with smarter ways to shop, communicate and drive.Intel Labs is developing some of the world's most promising technological advancements, both on its own and in conjunction with leading academic institutions worldwide.Intel Labs helps pave the way for future innovations through technologies that support life enrichment, easier access to big data, and a more connected computing experience. SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2013 – Car tail lights saving lives, immersive displays allowing photos to tell their own story, personalized shopping experiences. "The majority of our research is conducted by Intel's own researchers but we are delighted by the quality and quantity of research coming out of the ISTCs and ICRIs," said Rattner.