Radical Open Innovation News week 43-2019

Welcome to our biweekly selection of digital innovation news. Created using our opinionated automated selection algorithm with a twisted text rank summary creator. We present some top innovation news items to get you thinking, debating and take action in order to make our world even better.

1 Free semiconductors for everyone

A free (as in freedom, not as in free of charge) and open source semiconductor manufacturing process standard, including a full mixed signal PDK, and provide a quick, easy and inexpensive way for manufacturing. No NDAs will be required anywhere to get started. Today there is no inexpensive and easy way for SMEs, startups and hobbyists to develop their own ASICs and bringing them to the market. All the silicon manufacturing nowadays is in the hands of a few big companies which play their monopoly of lone capability of manufacturing microchips by charging around 20’000 USD per prototype and letting an engineer wait for months until she/he can test her/his design physically. Additionally the EDA tools for designing chips are unaffordable for most start ups. We intend to change that!

(Libre Silicon)

2 Don’t Let Metrics Critics Undermine Your Business

The better cover line would be “Don’t Let Weak Metrics Undermine Your Business.” How cognitive biases dramatically distort personal and professional judgment has proven a rich Nobel Prize-winning research domain for Daniel Kahneman, Richard Thaler, and other economists. Harris and Tayler rightly recommend that organizations diversify their reliance on key metrics; they further encourage leaders to collaborate with employees to design better KPIs. Leaders who don’t are unserious, innumerate, or both. Quantification’s Critics Quantification’s critics discount the growing wealth of KPI best practices in favor of “metrics behaving badly” narratives. No one really believes Zhang will allow Alibaba’s metrics to undermine its business. These claims are akin to blaming speedometers for drunk driving or faulting GPS for running red lights: Don’t let dashboards undermine your driving. Serious leaders from the most effective digital disruptors — Google, Amazon, Netflix, Tencent, and, yes, Alibaba — relentlessly fixate and focus on defining metrics and KPIs that inspire strategic success.

(MIT Sloan Management Review)

3 First release of the EteSync iOS client

It took a bit of time, encryption is complicated, but now an alfa version of EteSync is ready! EteSync is a journaled end-to-end encrypted contacts and calendar provider for Android and the desktop. Or to put it more plainly, it’s an app that backs up and syncs your contacts and calendars across devices and to the cloud in a secure way while maintaining a full history of the changes.


4 Amazon EC2 G4 Instances with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs, now available in 6 additional regions

Amazon EC2 G4 instances which provide industry’s most cost-effective GPU platform for deploying machine learning models in production and graphics- intensive applications are now available in the Canada (Central), Europe (Paris), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and GovCloud (US-West) AWS regions, bringing the total number of available regions to 15.

(Amazon Web Services)

5 How the cloud is democratizing digital to unlock a new wave of innovation

It is about empowering everyone to have a digital experience and enabling everyone to participate in the digital economy. Seeing the industry momentum above reinforces the fact that every company can be a technology company, and everyone can benefit from a digital experience to become more agile, efficient and data-driven. [**Ste. We are working with Oracle to streamline workflows that enable customers to use AI-powered voice within Microsoft Teams to access Oracle Cloud Applications. Studios and broadcasters around the world are looking to the cloud to unlock new, more efficient ways to create, produce and distribute content. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers one of the best examples of the power of data and AI to transform agricultural productivity through the FarmBeats initiative.


6 Creating the Symbiotic AI Workforce of the Future

Worst of all, it cedes the future to competitors who choose to build symbiotic systems in which humans and machines continually improve each other’s performance. In order to create a symbiotic AI workforce, organizations will need to use human-centered AI processes that motivate workers, retrain them in the context of their workflow, and shift the focus from automation to collaboration between humans and machines. At the location where the experiment took place, an AI system had recently been put in place to assist medical coders in examining patient charts. The resulting symbiotic system enabled the humans and the AI to each work to their strengths. Workers are much more likely to embrace symbiotic systems than stand-alone AI designed to supplant people.

(MIT Sloan Management Review)

7 Mist Showers: Sustainable Decadence?

The idea was taken up again in the 1970s, when several trials and experiments were conducted with both atomised hand washing and showering. Left: Mist shower developed by NASA. Right: Mist shower developed by the Canadian Minimum Housing Group. The difference is clearly due to the fact that earlier mist showers only used one nozzle. Energy Savings of a Mist Shower The energy savings of a mist shower are smaller than its water savings. A similar argument could be made against mist showers, because the use of mist increases the time needed to rinse the body of soapy water. Compared to earlier mist showers, Görgen has improved the concept in two important ways. Using more than one nozzle increases the water flow, but the water savings remain significant.

(Low tech magazine)

8 The Illusion of choice and the need for default privacy protection

A few months ago, we began to enable Enhanced Tracking Protection, which protects Firefox users from cookie-based tracking by default. Let’s step through the reasons why that is and why we ultimately felt it necessary to enable Enhanced Tracking Protection by default. Since July 2019, Firefox’s Enhanced Tracking Protection has blocked over 450 Billion third-party tracking requests from exploiting user data for profit.

(Mozilla BLOG)

9 Running = Innovation

Stefan Stremersch had an epiphany while running his personal record time in the Berlin Marathon. Prof. dr. Running needs innovation, for example when it comes to new solutions for improving endurance running equipment.

(Innovation Management)

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