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Decentralized trust: How the Blockchain could help to revolutionize value transfer

Whatever their eventual impact, new networks of decentralized trust and exchange provide one of the first glimpses of what a radically disintermediated digital environment might look like. As new layers are built on this early backbone, we’ll soon find out just how systemic the shift to a new form of trust can be.

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Will digitally enhanced stores be a heaven or hell for consumers?

As digital retail begins to roll out RFID tags, omnichannel strategies and IoT technologies, many of the things we could only do online are now possible offline. But before we permanently alter the way retailers and consumers interact, it’s worth considering how we can combine the best of both worlds.

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Three lessons in iteration: The new engine of competitive advantage

Looking at the world’s most successful digital players, it’s easy to get fixated on the future. But in a time when companies like issue some 500 product releases a year, it makes little sense to ask: What’s next?

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Real-time agriculture: The connected farming revolution

Farming, on the whole, remains a highly imprecise science. Despite widely varying local soil conditions, fluctuating water systems and an unstable climate, our approaches are often uniformly applied, resource-intensive and staggeringly wasteful. Not surprisingly, a number of IoT systems are quickly converging upon new ways to customize performance and eliminate inefficiencies.

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After the unbundling – what’s next for higher education?

A great educational unbundling is under way, in which lectures, lessons, content and interactions are being broken down to their essentials and delivered increasingly over mobile networks. But what are these essentials, and which of them can be best assisted by mobile technologies?

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Online by design: How Tesla sets a new pace for automotive innovation

The bigger question is, what makes Tesla so innovative, breaking record after record in everything from vehicle charging speed to consumer ratings and safety? And what lessons can be drawn for the future of a changing auto industry?

Come along for the ride – the transformation of last mile logistics

But while current global supply chains are clearly unsustainable in the face of widespread 3D printing, the disruption of last mile delivery may not be complete. Interestingly, both the British and US postal services have done some hard – and different – thinking on these lines. They see a hybrid future, with digital distribution and 3D printing sharing space with a still relevant “last mile,” which happens to play to the postal service’s strength.

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Behind the meter: The new battleground for utility innovation

Energy utilities may be among the most complex, heavily regulated and centralized of all industrial structures. Stepping from behind this curtain to face the end users of tomorrow’s digitally connected, distributed energy systems will demand an entirely new mindset.

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The quiet rise of a ridesharing infrastructure

BlaBlaCar may be little-known outside Europe. But its fast-growing network of peer-to-peer users is poised to spread the word around the world.

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Could 3D printing be the collapse of supply chains?

3D printing has long been the darling of “makers” and “disruptors” in small-scale custom manufacturing. But in the world of logistics and inventory, it could change everything.