The Business of Innovation: People and Technology
In part 4 of CNBC's Business of Innovation TV special, co-hosts Maria Bartiromo and Roger Schank explore the role of people & technology in the innovation process. They kick off the show with a wide-ranging discussion involving three top CEOs who have first-hand knowledge of how technology can enable new types of customer experiences -- Andrea Illy (Illy Coffee), Bob Greifeld (NASDAQ) and Dane Neller (On-Demand Books). Later in the show, Maria and Roger chat with three true visionaries (pictured above) -- Ray Kurzweil, Paul Saffo, and Bill Taylor (author of Mavericks at Work and the founder of Fast Company magazine). Kurzweil and Saffo are probably two of the more interesting guests that have appeared on the Business of Innovation series, and it's clear that the two have done some serious thinking about the future. (Even Roger, who seems to delight in tearing down the accomplishments of other guests, seems to be in awe of Kurzweil, who has come up with a unique viewpoint on the future of humanity.)
The one-hour segment also includes a number of brief feature pieces on companies like uWink (founded by Nolan Bushnell, the creative genius behind Atari and Chuck E. Cheese); Second Life and Ralph Lauren Polo. Plus, there's an interesting piece on dual-format DVD players and a brief recorded interview with Bill Gates, who talks about the future of medical innovation from Davos.
Like the other three innovation segments that have already appeared on CNBC, the show doesn't really answer any questions -- it's really just a cool montage of images, interviews, discussions and sound bites, all mixed together into an hour show. (It seems like the only sponsor for the program is IBM, so even the commercials seem to blend together into the show)
[image: Maria and the three futurists]
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
A guide to making difficult conversations possible—and peaceful—in an increasingly polarized nation.
- How can we reach out to people on the other side of the divide? Get to know the other person as a human being before you get to know them as a set of tribal political beliefs, says Sarah Ruger. Don't launch straight into the difficult topics—connect on a more basic level first.
- To bond, use icebreakers backed by neuroscience and psychology: Share a meal, watch some comedy, see awe-inspiring art, go on a tough hike together—sharing tribulation helps break down some of the mental barriers we have between us. Then, get down to talking, putting your humanity before your ideology.
- The Charles Koch Foundation is committed to understanding what drives intolerance and the best ways to cure it. The foundation supports interdisciplinary research to overcome intolerance, new models for peaceful interactions, and experiments that can heal fractured communities. For more information, visit charleskochfoundation.org/courageous-collaborations.
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