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The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem

This Boston Consulting Group report by  Massimo PortincasoArnaud de la Tour, and Philippe Soussan,  discusses seven categories of so-called deep-tech areas of research that are likely to yield new disruptions for businesses of all types.   They believe that deep-tech industries are no longer dominated by larger companies doing incremental research, but ratherby small, nimble enterpreneurial firms finding and developing solutions for novel use cases.

They claim we are moving into a phase in which truly new types of infrastructure for business uses is emerging.  And the development of these new uses requires a whole ecosystem–  a band of cooperating players, including technicians, investors large and small, and firms who have use cases–  rather than simply a firm, some financing, and a product.   This differs from the ‘maker’ approach to innovation, which believes we can just set people working with some simple tools, and they will come up with the products the world needs.

I support this ecosystem approach, not the more limited one. As an example I call your attention to NYMIC, the New York Maritime Innovation Center, started by my colleague Dr Chris Clott of SUNY Maritime.  It fits exactly into the role of helping create a good ecosystem for innovation in the maritime field, one which greatly needs stimulants to produce service improvements.  Its motto is “Convene, Connect, Catalyze”, which exactly expresses what BCG’s discussion here is saying.

BCG has a full report entitled The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem.  Much can be learned by studying how it is evolving in the different deep tech areas they believe are a part of it. Link to PDF.

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via The Dawn of the Deep Tech Ecosystem

Can Big Organizations Be Agile?

A nice discussion of Agile development techniques in the large corporation context.  It’s definitely the wave of the future, and all firms and enterprises need to consider it. Time to do away with the old project management mentality and get feedback from the users.

  Agile is mindset.

Source: Can Big Organizations Be Agile?

Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to ‘Eliminate’ Their Jobs

The headline is a gross misstatement of what this innovative startup is trying.  They want to write software that makes existing trucks, perhaps with a few sensors added, able to self-drive on the freeways.  A trucker will be in the cab at all times.  This approach is much more likely to be practical soon; there’s almost no chance that drivers will be eliminated from the cabs of vehicles soon. Politicians and insurance companies won’t have it, nor will the trucking companies themselves; the liability issues are way too daunting.

BloombergAt the autonomous driving startup Starsky Robotics, the present and future of U.S. employment ride in the same cab.

Source: These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Eliminate Their Jobs – Bloomberg

You may need to log in to see the story. There’s a link to a great podcast in it, an interview with the leader of this company.

https://soundcloud.com/bloomberg-business/human-vs-machine-self-driving-trucks

Innovation in the self-driving space is definitely to evolve into a standard set that we all will be able to use; the more tries the better, at this stage, to explore the realms of the possible.