How luxury carmakers can reduce waste and improve efficiency

Mark Esposito, Grenoble École de Management (GEM); Khaled Soufani, University of Cambridge, and Terence Tse, ESCP Europe The luxury automotive industry has traditionally focused on high quality design and manufacturing, as well as prestige marketing. Its above-average cost-of-sales component (on average, 80% of revenue) indicates that significant cost-saving opportunities. Net profit margins in this century-old…

Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

Jeffrey C. Peters, Stanford University A common fantasy for transportation enthusiasts and technology optimists is for self-driving cars and trucks to form the basis of a safe, streamlined, almost choreographed dance. In this dream, every vehicle – and cyclist and pedestrian – proceeds unimpeded on any route, as the rest of the traffic skillfully avoids…

Cloud, backup and storage devices: how best to protect your data

How much data do you still store only on your mobile, tablet or laptop? Shutterstock/Neirfy Adnene Guabtni, Data61 We are producing more data than ever before, with more than 2.5 quintillion bytes produced every day, according to computer giant IBM. That’s a staggering 2,500,000,000,000 gigabytes of data and it’s growing fast. We have never been…

Textbooks in the digital world

Textbooks in the digital world Ella Russell, a second grade student at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, works on an e-book during class. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Kui Xie, The Ohio State University and Nicole Luthy, The Ohio State University For decades, textbooks were seen as the foundation for instruction in American schools. These discipline-specific…

What are digital social innovations?

Müge Ozman, Télécom École de Management – Institut Mines-Télécom and Cédric Gossart, Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) One of the problems that we encounter in our research on digital social innovation (DSI) is related with defining it. Is it a catch-all phrase? A combination of three trendy words? Digital social innovations (DSI) are often associated with positive…

How secure are today’s ATMs? 5 questions answered

Using an ATM isn’t risk-free, but there’s a lot of security already. milicad/shutterstock.com Pradeep Atrey, University at Albany, State University of New York Editor’s note: Automated teller machines, better known as ATMs, are turning 50 on June 27. Computer science professor Pradeep Atrey, from the University at Albany, State University of New York, explains the…

How to make a driverless car ‘see’ the road ahead

Self-driving cars need to ‘see’ what’s going on around them. Intel/Mobileye Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology and Jonathan Roberts, Queensland University of Technology Microchip manufacturer Intel has invested heavily in the driverless car race with the latest US$15 billion (A$19.5bn) purchase of Israeli tech company Mobileye. Mobileye develops sensors and intelligence technology behind automated…

Merging our brains with machines won’t stop the rise of the robots

Merging our brains with machines won’t stop the rise of the robots Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology Tesla chief executive and OpenAI founder Elon Musk suggested last week that humanity might stave off irrelevance from the rise of the machines by merging with the machines and becoming cyborgs. However, current trends in software-only artificial…