September 02, 2015

Through the looking glass

Gazing through the looking glass. Credit: Dmitry Zuev / Flickr Creative Commons

Here at Innovation Hub, we try to take you to places you’ve probably never been before. Whether it’s to the gondolas of Medellin, the original little house on the prairie, or even a post-apocalyptic hellscape where only your wits and knowledge of science can help you survive… we’re all about going on journeys.

This week, we’ve got stories about altered perceptions, gazing towards the future, and red queens. So, if you’re looking to believe six impossible things before breakfast, come with us.

First up, we take a peek through the looking glass into our own future. If you think technology changed quickly in the past 15 years, just wait until you experience the next fifteen years. Entrepreneur and Singularity University professor Vivek Wadhwa believes 3-D printed food, self-driving cars, and mainstream robots are all going to happen, sooner than you might think:


Wadhwa also spoke to us about immigration, saying that if we actually want America to be a leader in our tech-filled future, we’re going to have to radically change our broken policies:


Then, psychologist Hazel Markus examines the stark differences between Eastern and Western societies, and how they affect motivation, failure, and group dynamics. Learn why thinking about your mother might help you either ace - or bomb - a calculus test, depending on where you were raised:


Incubators and accelerators are all the rage - they gave big companies like Dropbox and Airbnb their start. But are they effective ways to help startups raise capital and build revenue, or are they all flash and no substance? Reporter Daniel Gross takes a look.

And finally, the Red Queen herself. Or, more accurately, the Red Queen Effect. Stanford business professor William Barnett applies this theory - named for a scene in Through the Looking Glass - to organizations. He explores how competition can make corporations stronger, but only under certain conditions:


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