Category Archives: Innovation Back

What to do when machines do everything : how to get ahead in a world of AI, algorithms, bots, and big data (book)

Authors: Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring This is a guidebook to succeeding in the next generation of the digital economy. When systems running on Artificial Intelligence can drive our cars, diagnose medical patients, and manage our finances more effectively than humans it raises profound questions on the future of work and how companies … Read more

Chinese tech startups aren’t just imitating anymore — and investors are starting to pay attention

The first wave of China-based internet startups adapted Western business models, sprinkled them with some extra touches, and leveraged the world’s largest base of online consumers to build huge businesses. Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba have become huge companies, dominating China’s market for internet search, social networking and e-commerce. The most recent wave of fast-growing Chinese … Read more

ASX-listed wearable tech startup Nuheara raises $9 million for its intelligent earphones

Wearable tech startup Nuheara has raised $9 million from institutional investors, just five months after the ASX-listed startup began distributing its intelligent earphones. The patented Nuheara earphone technology allows users to alter sound levels, amplifying conversations and suppressing background noise. It was developed by co-founders Justin Miller, formerly chief executive of global communication company Sensear, … Read more

Red teaming : transform your business by thinking like the enemy (book)

Author: Bryce G. Hoffman Red teaming is a revolutionary new way to make critical and contrarian thinking part of the planning process of any organisation, allowing companies to stress-test their strategies, flush out hidden threats and avoid being disrupted by competitors. In 2007, Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, declared: “There’s no chance that the … Read more

Security robot that drowned in a fountain drives home security message for businesses: Don’t get distracted by “shiny things”

A robot security guard has reportedly “committed suicide” after being found face-down in the fountain outside a Washington DC office block, with the sad tale prompting security experts to remind businesses to think carefully about buying artificial intelligence solutions. Staff members employed in the offices at the Georgetown Waterfront complex reported the distressing news the morning … Read more

Getting to Yes And : The Art of Business Improv (ebook)

Author: Bob Kulhan Amidst the deluge of advice for businesspeople, there lies an overlooked tool, a key to thriving in today’s fast-paced, unpredictable environment: improvisation. In Getting to “Yes And” veteran improv performer, university professor, CEO, and consultant Bob Kulhan unpacks a form of mental agility with powers far beyond the entertainment value of comedy … Read more

The Imagination Gap : stop thinking the way you should and start making extraordinary things happen (ebook)

Author: Brian Reich Imagination provides a window into the world of what is possible helping us to navigate in times of uncertainty and come up with new ideas. Everyone has an imagination but most do not use our imaginations to their fullest potential or apply our imaginations to the challenges that we face. Our most … Read more

Founder of waiter-less fresh food bar Hey Zeus on robots and customer service

The humble Apple store might not automatically conjure images of fresh food, but Newcastle entrepreneur Jacob Beye’s recently-launched salad bar Hey Zeus owes a lot to the famous tech hubs. The American expat and marketing professional launched the self-serve fast food bar, which is named after his dog and allows punters to place their orders via screens … Read more