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…

Key Takeaways from ResolveTO

ResolveTO was a great couple of days. Despite the conference only being in its first year, its ambitious goal was to bring together big companies, startups, government groups, and others to talk and listen to each other. Here are a couple key takeaways that emerged from the conference and were reinforced by the winners, who…

Intelligence Delivers Excellence

Why Adopting a Threat-Focused and Intelligent Approach to Financial Crime Will Help Drive Fintech Success The 21st century has been characterized by an interconnectedness that impacts every aspect of business and society. This level of connection itself is not new, especially in business, where there have always been long, connected chains of actors, actions, and…

Why Storytelling is Important to Business

As long as there have been humans, there have been stories. Stories, told orally, were one of the first forms of human communication, and, in large part, were used to learn from one another’s experiences. Today, they are still at the center of all that we do and say. However, when we think of stories,…