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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

Christopher Carbone

In a not-so-distant future, humans will merge with machines.

Although that seems like something cooked up by a science fiction writer, according to a prominent historian it's a reality that's not very far away — especially given how much Big Tech has disrupted everything from commerce (Amazon) to relationships (Facebook) and media (Google and Facebook).

“It’s increasingly hard to tell where I end and where the computer begins,” Yuval Harari, a professor of history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, told the audience at the Fast Company European Innovation Festival this week. “In the future, it is likely that the smartphone will not be separated from you at all. It may be embedded in your body or brain, constantly scanning your biometric data and your emotions.”


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Many of us are old enough to remember what using the internet was like in 1995: The crackling, hissing and discordant tones of a dial-up modem, followed by long wait times for ugly websites to load. To all appearances, those days are far behind us – yet looks can be deceiving. The internet that has matured so spectacularly over the last 25 years is about to be reborn, and what will replace it is still in nascent form. The technology behind this rebirth is blockchain.


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Starting and running a company is a team effort. Yes, it takes a leader (entrepreneur), but you can’t do it alone, without a team. Maybe only you and a co-founder comprise the team at first, to provide key skills, back you up, and test your ideas. As the startup grows, the team has to be able to really push you in making growth decisions, rather than you pulling them along.


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For generations, scholars and art patrons have pondered the meaning of Mona Lisa’s smile. The mystery may have recently acquired new depth, thanks to digital animations created by Samsung’s AI researchers.

Their video, viewed over one million times (and counting) on YouTube, shows the Mona Lisa realistically moving and talking. But this is no Hollywood CGI character created and controlled by human animators. It was achieved purely by AI – specifically, a deep neural network trained via image banks to recognise and replicate the relationships between “facial landmarks” across a range of expressions. The facial movements of the “Mona Lisa” were derived from videos of three human subjects.


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In the wake of PledgeMusic's recent historic trainwreck, trust in crowdfunding platforms has sunk to an all-time low. In spite of this recent challenge, however, crowdfunding remains a very much viable avenue for artists looking to fundraise for a project or tour, provided their campaign has all the necessary elements.


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california white house

The battle between California lawmakers and ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft heated up Wednesday as Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon offered harsh words laced with expletives for businesses in the gig economy.

“They use a lot of really cute words basically to describe the same old (expletive) that they’ve been doing for a really long time. People keep acting like they’ve invented new things — it’s the same old thing. It’s about corporations trying to oppress workers,” Rendon, a Democrat, said to cheers at a rally on the Capitol steps. “When you hear about folks talking about the new economy, the gig economy, the innovation economy, it’s (expletive) feudalism, all over again.”


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empty office

The digital revolution has been gaining significant traction since its inception. Starting with basic compute power to the proliferation of the personal computer (PC) and now fundamental changes to the way we work, communicate, exercise, travel, eat and even sleep, it seems that although digital transformation has arrived, the possibilities remain endless. What’s more is that while the variety of technologies continues to increase, the complexity seems to grow equally with them.


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NASA satellites find biggest seaweed bloom in the world ScienceBlog com

An unprecedented belt of brown algae stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico–and it’s likely here to stay. Scientists at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg’s College of Marine Science used NASA satellite observations to discover and document the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, dubbed the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, as reported in Science.


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There is, thankfully, no age limit on innovation—you can do it at any age. But for many, “young,” counts as under 30, sometimes under 35, or even under 40, at least in terms of putting together lists of scientific innovators. Culling from a variety of lists that recognize researchers and inventors and company leaders under those ages, here’s a list of 10 interesting researchers under the age of 40 who are already making a significant mark on the biopharma and life sciences research world.


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Deepak Choudhary

Entrepreneurship is like a roller coaster ride. Happiness and madness knock your door at the same time. Every motivational quote you have ever read about struggle, pain, blood, sweat, and hard work it takes to succeed are more than just words, they are raw facts. Being an entrepreneur isn’t all fun-and-games, here are few facets of being an entrepreneur:


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For years, McKinsey research has shown that a programmatic approach to M&A generates the most value in deal making. The least successful approach? Large (greater than 30 percent of an acquirer’s market capitalization), infrequent deals.1 That said, the variance is high, and major acquisitions can work to your advantage—particularly if your organization is healthy. Our latest research finds that acquisitions by healthy companies tend to perform better than do those by less healthy ones. We’ve also identified three critical behaviors (selecting the right people, maintaining a strong external focus, and running a tight ship internally) that typify healthy organizations and are tightly connected with the creation of deal value. In this article, we’ll lay out those research findings and then illustrate them with examples of healthy acquirers in action.


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In his book " Fluent Forever," opera singer Gabriel Wyner suggests that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to practice remembering it.

In other words, instead of reading and rereading a list of vocabulary words, you should read it once and then test yourself repeatedly.

The same strategy works for pretty much anything you're hoping to commit to memory — and there's a growing body of research behind it. Psychologists call this phenomenon the "testing effect."


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