Radical Open Innovation News week 16-2021

Welcome to our biweekly selection of business IT innovation news. Created using our own opinionated selection and summary algorithm. We present some top innovation news items to get you thinking, debating and take action in order to make our world better.

1 Towards the Science of Essential Decentralised Infrastructures

Dependence of our society on digital infrastructures is growing daily, confronting us with an urgent task of building ethical and democratic alternatives to monopolistic big-tech platforms. We call upon the scientific community to put our talents to this challenge by creating decentralised infrastructures for trust-based economic and social cooperation.


2 Hyperscript: an experimental scripting language designed for the web

There is always a better solution. And if you can not find one, create a new solution. Hyperscript is a small scripting language for the web. It is a real innovation project for front end web development without the disadvantages of current solutions.


3 Open Source: From Community to Commercialization

Our world would not function, or at least not function as well, without open source software. While open source has delivered amazing technological innovation, commercial innovation – most recently and notably the rise of software-as-a-service – has been just as vital to the success of the movement. And since open source is by definition software that is free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute, open source businesses have required different models and a different go to market than other kinds of software companies.


4 List of emerging technologies

Wikipedia has a lot of hidden treasures. For everyone interested in various innovation technologies this page is a must read. This page needs of course some updates and more contributors. But the basis is nice, solid and gives a great overview.


5 Notes on Implementing Vaccine Passports

Because vaccine distribution has been unfair, with a number of communities having trouble getting vaccines, a requirement to get vaccinated increases inequity and vaccine passports enable that. 3. Vaccine passports might be implemented in a way that is inaccessible for people without access to technology (especially to smartphones). 4. Vaccine passports might be implemented in a way that is a threat to user privacy and security. Like just about everything surrounding COVID, there has been a huge amount of controversy around vaccine passports (see, for instance, this EFF post, ACLU post, or this NYT article). Something that keeps coming up here is the use of blockchain for vaccine passports.

(Mozilla BLOG)

6 Innovative design thinking for a fast-changing world

Blade Kotelly is a senior lecturer at MIT on design thinking, user interfaces, and innovation whose enthusiasm for cars is intertwined with his passion for innovative design. Yet, Kotelly cautions that it is rare that an acquiring company can absorb the startup’s innovative techniques throughout the organization. Back in the ’90s we focused on user-centered design, which was great because people had not been thinking enough about users. I think we’ll see media produced in multiple different ways that help people with different backgrounds to absorb it.”

We need a better way of surfacing the primary source in a way that is true to the material and helps people understand it.

(MIT Reseach Business)

7 The Developer Certificate of Origin is a great alternative to a CLA

And, ultimately, this is exactly what Elastic did, and exactly what most other projects which ask you to sign a CLA are planning to do. By doing this, they have imposed on themselves a great deal of difficulty to any future attempt to change their copyright obligations. However, there are some legitimate questions of ownership which a project owner might rightfully wish to address before accepting a contribution. The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I have the > right to submit it under the open source license indicated in the file; or > 2. You license your contribution under the original license (Apache 2.0 in the case of OpenSearch), and attest that you have sufficient ownership over your changes to do so.

(Drew DeVault’s Blog)

8 Get More Ideas From the Crowd

The statements sought ideas for marketing and social media campaigns, solutions to complex issues, proposals for products, and recommendations for entering new markets. Can you help?” Challenge solvers to surpass the status quo. Writing a problem statement that explicitly asks for ideas that improve on existing choices generates more submissions. Our findings are based on an analysis of 362 unique problem statements posted by 85 companies between 2016 and 2018. Pivoting from that mindset to generating fun ideas may be a difficult challenge to overcome. Specifying a particular market. Problem statements that specify a target market receive significantly fewer idea submissions. Our research sought to answer these questions by unpacking problem statements, word by word, to identify the characteristics that attract the most idea submissions.

(MIT Sloan Management Review)

9 Specializing in Problems We Don’t Understand

Problems we basically don’t understand are the opposite: they are research problems, problems which likely require a whole new paradigm. Published on April 10, 2021 10:40 PM GMT Most problems can be separated pretty cleanly into two categories: things we basically understand, and things we basically don’t understand. So… how would one go about specializing in problems we basically don’t understand? Problems we basically don’t understand are exactly those for which existing adaptations fail. In particular, since the point of all this is to develop skills for problems which we don’t understand or know how to solve, it’s useful to keep around 10 or 20 problems which you don’t understand or know how to solve.(LessWrong)

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