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THE PLAYLIST

MARIAROSARIA TADDEO / OXFORD UNIVERSITY, DIGITAL ETHICS LAB

A smart list of startups, literature and more.

Editorial by Mariarosaria Taddeo

True Leaders are Redundant

Théorie de la liberté

An American diplomat meets a French diplomat and says. “We have invented a new approach, it’s incredible, and it works in practice.” The French diplomat replies, “That’s great, but does it work in theory?”

By Isaac Getz

Long Story Short

What is Mobile-First Customer Engagement?

Mobile-First Customer Engagement is the key to attracting today’s omnichannel shoppers.

By maize.

Mix It Up

Designing Systems Through Diversity

Innovation is the name of the game today. But you can’t have innovation without diversity, which acts as a kind of vehicle for progress and our only way of reaching our desirable futures. In this sense, diversity is the fuel for the grand design and charges the entire process. Let me explain.

By Martin Wezowski

Wake Up and Smell the Innovation

Flower Power: Finding Innovation in Nature

Professor Stefano Mancuso on why humans may not be as innovative as we once thought.

By Stefano Mancuso

The Skeptic Enthusiast

Data Whining

Can we truly understand machines if they are built on falsehoods and fallacies? Questioning the impact of biased data in image recognition.

By Vittorio Di Tomaso

The Seeds of Progress

Growing Pains

Innovation is an elusive and mystical phenomenon. Only in an Innovation Ecosystem can it thrive. The main challenge when attempting to create such a system is that there is no formula for creativity.

By Amit Shafrir

Transforming Transportation

All Well And Goods

Technology has been relentless in disrupting companies, business models and jobs. Although this is true for many industries, it has not been too apparent in the more conservative goods transportation industry. But even here, the arrival of hi-tech innovations is slowly changing the field, one delivery at a time.

By Bettina Petzold

Treat your employees like your customers

A Case for a New Company Culture

The shift to the digital age, as well as increased competition, is changing the way we need to act to retain talent: that’s why creating a true ‘company culture’ to unleash each employee’s potential is key to a company’s success.

By Tobias Koedel

Column

Think Micro to Change Macro

The 24th UN Climate Talks, held in Katowice, left behind the similar mixture of delusion and frustration already felt prior to them. We are now running towards a climate cliff edge even though many technologies we have today could mitigate this march.

By Gianfranco Pizzuto

Long Story Short

What is Transhumanism?

Transhumanism is a loosely defined movement that has developed gradually over the past three decades. It is centred around the belief that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.

By maize.

Winter is Coming

Migrating West For Money

Competition in the digital era is fierce, and Europe is at serious risk of being left behind by the more advanced technological economies of China and the United States. To stay in the competition, Europe should prioritize scaling startups into large European corporations – something we are failing at today. This is important, not only from a purely economic growth perspective but from a more societal perspective. We are slowly losing the control of the future and we fail to realize how much is actually at stake.

By Marie Wall

It's Time For Digital Fabrication

The Factory Around the Corner

Imagine a world where centralized manufacturing plants have been replaced by decentralized factories with 3D printers: with a simple click, your product could be instantly distributed worldwide… The technology is ready: are you?

By Lin Kayser