Life insurance, disrupted

Posted by Mike Walsh

3/30/17 5:56 PM

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The old adage goes that life insurance is sold, not bought. The digital revolution has not only flipped that idea on its head, it now also challenges the way insurance products are designed and priced. The real action is yet to come. Insurance companies have always been data-driven, but in a new era of consumer genomics, that is no longer an easy path to tread.

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CATEGORY: Innovation

The search for digital reinvention

Posted by Mike Walsh

2/23/17 12:07 AM

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For many companies the Cloud has changed the way they use software. For a fortunate few, it has completely changed the way they do business.

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CATEGORY: Innovation

The retro-tech revival

Posted by Mike Walsh

2/14/17 10:09 PM

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I still can't quite get my head around it, but for some consumers, it seems that the future of technology lies in its past. Ancient feature phones, 8-bit video game consoles and even cassette players are all making a comeback. So is the retro-tech trend just sad Gen X'ers trying to relive the glories of their youth, or something more interesting?

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CATEGORY: Innovation

Rethinking rules

Posted by Mike Walsh

2/8/17 7:02 AM

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There is a classic trade-off between rules and innovation, particularly if you work in a heavily regulated industry. So how do leaders balance the need for stability, compliance and certainty with a 21st century appetite for adaptability, agility and disruption? One approach is to learn to think a little less like a ruler, and more like a machine.

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CATEGORY: Innovation

Fab theft

Posted by Mike Walsh

10/2/16 2:03 PM

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Fab theft refers to the use of digital scanning and 3D printing to replicate copyrighted designs or patented objects — and it is happening already. On the infamous platform, ‘The Pirate Bay’, there is now an entire new section known as ‘physibles’. Nevertheless, despite the moral panic about 3D printing, the real risk of fab theft is not 3D printed guns or TSA keys, but the sustainability of copyright in a world where everything is available on demand.

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CATEGORY: Innovation

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