Solving Problems with Puzzles

Designing business processes with blockchain technology It was a defining moment for the retail industry when Sharon Buchanan scanned the first barcode at the Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio at 8:01 a.m. on June 26, 1974. Barcodes re-wrote the entire landscape around tracking physical assets by encoding information in printed tags. It might visually resemble…

The Frontier Within (Part 2): AI Innovations in Healthcare

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the second post in a series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” See Part 1 here. AI and advanced machine learning promise to reinvent healthcare, a sea change heralded by numerous AI-driven innovations, pilot projects, products, and techniques. In fact, the use of AI in the life…

The Frontier (Part One): Digitizing the Human Body

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the first post in a blog series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” Populating the human body with powerful technologies is no longer just the domain of sci-fi. Existing and emerging technologies are rapidly ushering in an era of human augmentation, self-regulation, automated diagnosis and treatment, and…

The Myth of Simplicity

Simplicity. As a concept, an idea, or an aesthetic, it connotes ease of use, elegance, efficiency, and flow. We like to think of ourselves as creatures that crave, appreciate, and enjoy simple things. But human beings are anything but simple; as semiotic forms of expression, our simple things (and the relationships we have with them)…

Temporality and Innovation

Using Design Anthropology to Imagine and Design for the Future  What is Temporality? Anthropologists use the term “temporality” to talk about the way we experience time; temporality allows us to think about how time is, what it feels like, and how it exists in our lives. Whereas time can be understood as the objective movement…

Foodpreneurs and the Future of Fridges

A Conversation with Greg Dollarhyde Given all of the experience you’ve had in terms of building brands from scratch and working with a variety of big players, I'm curious what your outlook on business is when it comes to the food space. There are a lot of new brands and business models cropping up, and…

On the Origin of Things

In 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species and described the means by which populations evolve—that environmental pressures naturally select the individuals best suited to their habitat to procreate. Culminating from this work was a phylogenetic tree of life, graphically illustrating and describing the relationships between the species of the world and how…

Hierarchy of Possibilities: Designing Smart IoT Products

In simplifying complex systems that involve humans, frameworks such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs are often used to model product and service features based on various predetermined scenarios. Such frameworks are often taken out of context of their original proposition, and lack empirical evidence. For example, Maslow originally proposed his hierarchy as a set of…

How IoT Can Help Feed 9 Billion People

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that by 2050, the world population will rise by 2.3 billion and, to effectively feed that population, our food production needs to increase by 70%. According to research conducted by the University of Minnesota, production for essential crops—such as maize and rice—is currently increasing by increments…

Ocean of Noise: The Sharing of Emotions Through Brain-to-Brain Communication

As we stand today, the ways in which humans communicate emotion are mediated by tools, such as pictures, body language, and spoken and written language morphologies constructed of recombinatory signs. Imaginative refinement of these base communications, combined with advancements in technology, have resulted in poems, songs, books, telegraph messaging, telephone calling, radio and television broadcasting,…

Power in Numbers: IoT and the Quantified Self

Self-knowledge through numbers has long been the unspoken slogan of the Quantified Self Movement (QSM). Since its inception, the movement’s goal has been to enable a better understanding of ourselves and our actions and motivators through a quantified lens. However, as wearables give us access to personalized data, they also allow the sharing of this…

An interview with Melora Zaner

Head of Mobile Design & UX, Digital; Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase This post originally appeared on the marcus evans website. Ahead of the 3rd Edition: Design Thinking for Banks & Financial Services Conference, marcus evans spoke with Melora Zaner, Head of Mobile Design & UX, Digital; Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase about the main challenges in integrating innovation into…

In America, the Product Buys You

In the 1950s, the Beat movement offered an alternative to North American capitalist culture. Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and other writers, artists, and hipsters challenged post-war American conservatism and conformity. The extent of the Beats’ social and artistic influence is still vigorously discussed. The rise of conformist consumer culture and accompanying advertising…

The Present and the Possible: FutureWorld 2017

FITC recently hosted FutureWorld, a one-day event in Toronto where leading roboticists presented their perspectives on the recently possible, and their visions for what the future could look like. And, as artificial intelligence and robotics move out of research labs and into our daily routines, it’s undoubtedly time to ask questions about what’s on the horizon. The…