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Deere is paying over $300 million for a start-up that makes 'see-and-spray' robots
Deere is bringing more robots to the farm. The maker of John Deere agricultural equipment said on Wednesday that it's acquiring robotics start-up Blue River Technology for $305 million. The deal is expected...
Op-Ed: The end of the internet startup
There's something to all of these critiques, but it's also important not to overstate them. Because for all the challenges modern startups face, there's little doubt that a startup with a truly revolutionary...
Taizo Son, brother of SoftBank CEO, explains what's hindering Japan's innovation culture
But in recent years corporate Japan has stumbled: first, Sharp, a storied electronics maker with dwindling fortunes, was bought over by Taiwan's Foxconn. Meanwhile Toshiba is struggling to turn its fortunes...
Small Singapore has big ideas about innovation culture
"You always have to reach out outside of the boundaries of your five, six, seven or 20 people," Vardi told CNBC, adding today meetups, hackathons, industry conferences, such as Innovfest, facilitate people...
These Asian cities are becoming smarter, but at what cost?
Innovation does not always have to mean a lighter phone or a slimmer TV: Hong Kong and Singapore are innovating to become smarter cities aimed at social improvement for their urban populations. Singapore's...
2 books that changed the way Mark Zuckerberg thinks about innovation
VISIT CNBC.COMX Careers Careers2 books that changed the way Mark Zuckerberg thinks about innovation Marguerite Ward | @forwardist 27 Mins Ago CNBC.com Miquel Benitez | Getty Images Facebook CEO and co-founder...
Survey Studies the Importance of Innovation to Business Success
Innovation is a buzzword enterprises throw around to illustrate their ability to get things done, deliver new business opportunities and drive future growth. But it’s technology that drives innovation,...
Are pets getting better medical care than humans?
In the prosthetics world in particular, veterinary surgeries are making huge strides and, in some cases, human surgeries could be falling behind.Dr Ignacio Calvo, senior lecturer in small animal orthopaedics...
No Motorola, the iPhone wasn’t the last big phone innovation
A new TV ad for the modular Moto Z opens with a Steve Jobs-type walking out on stage holding up a black square and a voiceover stating, “Remember 2007? Smartphones - big, game-changing, oh-em-gee.”It...
MIT president on turning innovative research into real results
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), university president Rafael Reif sees the future. Universities like MIT are now about more than just higher education; they’ve become a source of groundbreaking...
Denial of climate change, AI puts American economy on 'path to ruin,' Obama says
Amid a contentious presidential race, U.S. president Barack Obama called out political rivals that seek to cut scientific funding on Thursday. "That's why I get so riled up when I see people willfully...
Steve Case says Apple to tackle health next after iPhone innovation slows
American entrepreneur Steve Case said on Wednesday that Apple must figure out the next big category of consumer technology as innovations for smartphones begin to slow. Case said he thinks Apple will...
Technology and innovation not driven by climate change
This is the news of a ground-breaking study recently published in the open access journal PLOS ONE. Professor Christopher S. Henshilwood and Postdoctoral Fellow Karen L. van Niekerk from the Department...
These countries lead the world in innovation
The GII gauged economies based on factors including infrastructure, market and business sophistication, creative output and research. Keeping up the pace of innovation was a key concern as sluggish global...
China is nipping at our heels
Switzerland, Sweden, the UK and the US topped the list, while China had a surprisingly good result. AUSTRALIA has fallen two places in a global ranking that compares country’s innovation prowess. Australia...
Insect-Sized Drone Will Spy On Terrorists
The Dragonfly drone fits in the palm of a hand and has four flapping wings and four legs.It can fly through the air with great agility, allowing it to penetrate buildings through open windows, and perch...
Trump Would Stifle Innovation, Tech Execs Say
Ev Williams, Steve Wozniak and a who’s who of tech leaders signed an open letter, sharing concerns about the impact Trump could have on innovation. A Donald Trump presidency would be a "disaster for innovation,"...
Elon Musk says he visited the Pentagon to talk about a 'flying metal suit'
Elon Musk has never shied away from comparisons with superhero Tony Stark, but his most recent joke on the subject is pretty on the nose, even for him. Responding to a story from CNN that pondered why...
HP Inc. Adjusts to the 'New Normal' in PC Market
CEO Dion Weisler says the company is looking to bring expenses in line with a declining market while driving innovation to boost sales. HP Inc. is continuing to adjust to what CEO Dion Weisler is calling...
How the NHS will move from 'stone age to digital age'
From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, WIRED Health will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of...
Beware of fintech’s pivot east
The co-founder and CEO of Swedish payments firm Klarna was the most outspoken on the matter, waving a white flag when it came to entering China. "I wouldn't even go there due to the dominance of Alipay,...
#CXOTALK: Workday CEO explains his top priorities
Workday is one of the few pure software-as-a-service vendors operating at large enterprise scale. The company's products fall into two broad categories: human capital management and financials. Both HCM...
Research: Why CIOs fail and how to fix it
Digital transformation has placed CIOs under tremendous pressure. As expectations of IT increase, CIOs must adapt to a business environment where innovation, speed, and solution precision are essential....
Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on
As a former patent examiner, I recognize that the patent system, in its purest form, should protect and incentivize innovation through a limited-term contract, offering exclusive monopoly rights...
Who has their hand on the tap of deal flow?
Universities in the U.S. are a wellspring of innovation, but they are almost certainly killing off some (really) good ideas too early. Investors should be paying more attention to how innovation...
Former Google CEO Schmidt to head new Pentagon innovation board
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive officer of Google, has agreed to head a new Pentagon advisory board aimed at bringing Silicon Valley innovation and best practices to...
Who will benefit from Australia's big new defence spend?
Media coverage of Australia's 2016 Defence White Paper, launched by the Prime Minister on Thursday, has concentrated on big-ticket items like the new submarines, and on the AU$5 billion spend on cyber...
Silicon Prairie: Tech startups bring innovation to Midwest
February 25, 2016, 8:43 AM|Across the Great Plains -- even in winter -- the new cash crop is high tech. Tech companies are bringing thousands of people to the Midwest in what is being called America’s...
Well-educated immigrants are biggest innovators in US tech - CNET
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been a vocal critic of the H1B visa program that allows educated immigrants to fill technology jobs. © RICHARD ELLIS/epa/Corbis Republican presidential...
iPhone 7: It's time for innovation and reinvention, not gimmicks
Apple is capable of innovation, but the huge success that the iPhone has enjoyed has meant that it could afford to drip-feed that advancement over time. Now that sales appeared to be slowing down, it's...
EMC CTO: Merger with Dell Will Drive Innovation
John Roese is refuting the idea that Dell's $67 billion acquisition of the storage giant will distract the combined company from its R&D efforts. An EMC executive is pushing back at the idea that the...
Thinking innovatively about the risks of tech innovation
If you've been following this month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), you'll know with absolute certainty that the future is cool, shiny and stuffed to the brim with "must-have" gadgets. Reading the...
The Mobile App Divide
Closing the digital divide requires not just providing Internet access for all, but making sure that access enables opportunities for all. Internet access can allow entrepreneurs to turn their inspiration...
Robot innovation automates short production runs
The quick-control system developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd slashes substantially the programming time for industrial robots, enabling the use of automation also in short production...
Business, tech leaders' challenge : Finding innovation that matters
"We're delivering innovation that matters."That quote belonged to Tim Baxter, president and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics America. Baxter, part of Samsung's CES 2016 keynote last week,...
#Sorrynotsorry: can this plug-in stop you from undermining yourself?
MONTREAL – There are a few choice words people often use when writing e-mails to sound friendlier and perhaps, less threatening – but are the constant “sorry,” “just” and “I think”-s undermining you?Cyrus...
Innovation and the visionary CIO
Like all columnists on ZDNet, I get many unsolicited requests to publish guest posts. On rare occasions, I hear from someone who has an interesting perspective that adds to the CIO conversation. And so...
10 Steps to a Digital Transformation in the Enterprise
We've entered the age of Digital Darwinism, where companies either evolve—by adapting to change—or perish. From 1965 to 2012, the "topple rate" at which incumbents lost leadership positions due to digital...
Australia launches plan to reduce reliance on natural resources
The federal government has launched its National Innovation and Science Agenda, which wraps up A$1.1bn of investment and 24 separate initiatives intended to help Australia transform from a resource-focused...
Turnbull's scattergun nimbling of Australia is no grand vision
If you browse the website for PM Malcolm Turnbull's first grand policy statement, his so-called Innovation Statement, at innovation.gov.au, you might well get the impression that it was all just a little...
Why GE has a 'fail fast' startup for rally fighters and pizza ovens
This article was first published in the December 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content...
Canada slipping behind on innovation, says advisory council
Canada is slipping behind its global competitors on innovation, as business investment in research and development fails to keep up, according to a group that advises government on science and innovation....
The Bride vertical city will marry ambition and innovation
Basra, Iraq, is known as "the bride of the gulf," after its life-supporting fertile lands. Building vertically instead of outwards is one way to protect those lands and the new Bride vertical city does...
Australian government appoints chair of Innovation Australia
The federal government has appointed Bill Ferris as chair of Innovation Australia, an independent body established by the government to push forward the country's innovation performance. Ferris is the...
How to cope in an age of constant innovation
Jean-Christophe Hermann is EVP, global retailing and consumer goods at Valtech. He will be speaking on the Main Stage at WIRED Retail, our second annual one-day summit focusing on the future of retail,...
Startup language is so passe
Australia is a sparsely populated brown land that has always got rich from flogging commodities to others, whether that be shiny rocks, dirty rocks filled with ancient dinosaurs, sheep, cattle, or sugar....
America's reinvention is helping it leap further ahead of the world
The United States is leading a technology revolution that will help it maintain its place in the world. (Mel Evans/AP) Pessimists believe that the United States has peaked as a superpower and is falling...
Large company innovation gone wrong: Kashi vs. Kellogg's
Innovation and startups are important topics in my discussions with senior business leaders on CXOTalk. For many large companies, startups can jump start innovation and bypass corporate antibodies that...
Synthetic biology innovations need a clearer path to market
Synthetic biology innovations could be forced to ferment for longer than planned if changes aren’t made to the nation’s regulations. (Peter DaSilva for The Washington Post) A new report from the Wilson...
Business Models, Information Technology, and the Company of the Future
Information technology has, of course, played a major role in reshaping business models over the past 20 years. The basic social conventions of the preceding Industrial Era were all built around the...
Fresh government creates occasion for tech innovation, says ex-White House official
When Vivek Kundra started working in the White House in 2009, President Barack Obama was fighting “tooth-and-nail” to keep his BlackBerry.Seven years later, the once iconic Canadian-made smartphone has...
Chicken and egg? IBM TED summit asks if necessity fosters innovation
SAN FRANCISCO---Many startups sprout up these days with the ambition to alleviate a pain point, from hailing a taxi via smartphone to workplace collaboration software. But old guard corporations across...
INNOVATE2016: Toward A More Creative Political Class
Facebook LinkedIn Innovation 2016 | Tina Seelig Andrew KeenCrunch Network ContributorAndrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer....
Photos: Robots battle to tackle the aftermath of a nuclear meltdown
This flying robot has been designed by team ICARUS, an EU-funded project with partners from Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Flying robots tend to be very fragile but some teams participating...
Self-driving cars will motor on the factory floor before they're big on the open road
Clearpath Robotics, a Canadian maker of field and service robots, has a new self-driving car named OTTO. But it's not for the road. The moving platform is designed for heavy-load transport in industrial...
A touch of frugal genius
Detail from the cover of Jugaad Innovation by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu and Simone Ahuja Credit: Penguin Random House A "gutsy" Indian approach to innovation is being echoed worldwide by multinational...
Innovative technology which makes a real difference
Beyond the basics, prosthetics are known to be hideously expensive. Components and customization is not cheap -- or, at least, before the increased adoption of 3D printing. 3D printing, together with design...
Island to international: The Panasonic business culture and potential pitfalls
Panasonic OSAKA, JAPAN: When I first set foot on Japanese shores, I didn't realize just how far Panasonic had penetrated the Japanese market, or what the firm was cooking up beyond consumer electronics.The...
Cyber security innovation is crucial, says security evangelist
Innovation in cyber security is crucial in levelling the playing field in the fight against cyber crime, according Ben Johnson, chief evangelist at Bit9 + CarbonBlack. “The fact that large, well-resourced...
In test driving driverless public transport, Singapore shouldn't forget the basics
Government wants to trial self-driving public transport in 2016, but with maintenance oversight the cause of a system malfunction earlier this year, it will need to get the basics right before seeking...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark