Entries in Innovation Hub by Kara Miller and Genevieve Gilson

Work

How are jobs - and workers - changing? Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee discuss which robots we should fear, and which we shouldn't. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman weighs in on the future of work. Plus, we may be heading for a 32-hour work week, and find out why money doesn’t make us as happy as we think. Read More...

slot machines

The gambling industry has made serious money by manipulating the science of human behavior, according to Natasha Dow Schull, a cultural anthropologist at MIT. Read More...

Cue ball

Is the stereotypical lone genius just a myth? There would be no Beatles without Lennon and McCartney, no Google without Page and Brin, no Apple without Jobs and Wozniak. Read More...

muppet mural

Jim Henson breathed new life into puppeteering by embracing technology and offering up a few of his own inventions. Read More...

Idylic Vermont

How do states with smaller populations grab young talent? We look at Vermont’s strategy - and why it’s so tough to lure millennials away from New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Read More...

Measuring Tape

 
Three things you should know about the small stuff:

1. Frank Gehry, Chris Rock, and Google all have at least one thing in common. They build on what works and aren’t afraid to let everything else fall by the wayside, says author Peter Sims.

2. Sharknado is a sign of things to come. Deb Roy, Chief Media Scientist for Twitter, sees a future in which mass & micro media come together to revolutionize news.

3. A new breed of philanthropists want to fund Indiana Jones reenactments and giant hammocks. In chapters around the world, the Awesome Foundation now doles out “micro-genius grants for flashes of micro-brilliance.”

Diamond in the rough

In order to sell this everyday item, marketers mythologized it. And consumers happily paid excessive prices. What is it? Listen to find out. Read More...

wearable tech

Sometimes little bets are the ones that really pay off. Author Peter Sims talks about how surprisingly small moves have helped launch everything from Facebook to Pixar to the comedy routines of Chris Rock. Read More...

Deb Roy

If you think there’s been a major upheaval in media, buckle your seatbelt. According to Deb Roy, Twitter’s Chief Media Scientist, social sites are about to fundamentally change politics, entertainment, and much more. Read More...

Rainbow

Lavishing money on cool projects isn’t just for billionaires - or millionaires - any more. We look at how the Awesome Foundation has grown so quickly by offering “micro-genius grants for flashes of micro-brilliance.” Read More...

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