What Are the Most Innovative Cities of 2017 So Far?

This article was originally posted on Huffingtonpost.com We live in an age of innovation, where the possibilities of sending humans to Mars, fundamental changes to our communications methods, emerging types of sentience, and our evolving relationships with money, both in business and recreation, are all undergoing advancements. Innovation continues to be a tremendously powerful force for good, especially when the disruptions… Read more →

How Small Businesses Can Capitalize On Tomorrow’s Mobile Innovations

This article was originally posted on ScoreNYC The maturing smartphone industry no longer excites customers as it once did — do you really get excited about a slightly larger display or more pixels on your phone camera? Given the familiarity with almost predictable annual upgrades, it’s no surprise that smartphones sales have stagnated. Against this backdrop small businesses have been very active — about 94% of themhave… Read more →

How AI and IoT must work together

This article was originally posted on VentureBeat.com As artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) become more commonplace, it is both useful and important to understand how these two important trends work together to benefit specialists and the average person alike. How can AI control and potentially improve the rollout of IoT? For starters, IoT creates a tremendous amount of data.… Read more →

The Big Brother of AI is here. Should you care?

This article was originally posted on VentureBeat.com AI is constantly touted as the next big thing. But how many of us are aware that AI is already here? While the jury is still out on whether it will be a benevolent force or an existential threat to humankind, AI is active in many facets of our daily lives and will play… Read more →

Is It Too Early To Invest In Space-Related Ventures?

This article was originally posted on Huffingtonpost.com Back in 2012, the launch of the first private spacecraft bound for the international space station brought earthlings into a new era of space exploration. Now, it seems like new space-related startups are launching (metaphorically-speaking) every day. Along with companies such as Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, well-known Silicon Valley figures like… Read more →

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Can The U.S. & China Get Along?

Having lived and worked in the US and China, I often tell those who are interested that the people of the two nations are more similar than they are different. However, the systems of government and, less obviously, the projection of hard and soft power differ greatly between the two countries.   China is no longer content to play a… Read more →

Changing Work for a Changing Economy: Looking to the Future, Not the Past

This article was originally posted on Huffingtonpost.com Manufacturing jobs, once the backbone of middle class employment, have dwindled to the American economy’s detriment. It’s a fact bemoaned by citizens and politicians alike: jobs that once fueled the nation and its people are outsourced to cheaper laborers overseas or eliminated by advances in technology. If only there were a way to… Read more →

The Internet of Things Promises a Future of Being Coddled by Your Appliances

This article was originally published on Enrepreneur.com and subsequently on Huffingpost.com We interact with countless things each day that support us as we sleep, eat, work and play — the bed we get out of in the morning, the shower head, your toothbrush, the car steering wheel, your watch and your lunchbox. Your stove, blender and refrigerator — you get the picture. What if these objects,… Read more →

The Connected City: Trends and Developments Driving Smart City Innovation

This article was originally posted on Huffingpost.com Human beings have ascended from barbarism into civilization in just 10 million years, thanks in large part to modern science and systems of governance. Urbanization is one of the results of our advancement, with cities representing our technological prowess and the rich culture our species has achieved over millennia. Cities throughout the world… Read more →

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Businesses Leading The Shift to Low-Carbon Economy

Companies of various sizes and across many industries are taking concrete steps to lower their carbon emissions as consumers focus more on clean and green initiatives and climate change grows increasingly visible. Some companies are driven by core environmental concerns, and many by the fact that low carbon and other green sectors increasingly make good business sense on outright economic… Read more →