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In tech, patents are trophies -- and these companies are dominating

June 20, 2018

No company has been more prolific with patents than IBM. It received 9,043 patents in 2017, marking its 25th consecutive year of dominating the patent rankings -- a fact IBM is not bashful about sharing.

USPTO: 10 millionth patent represents 'continuum of human accomplishment'

June 20, 2018

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) yesterday issued its ten millionth patent, for a laser detection system.

Humans Are Bad at Innovation. Can AI Change That?

June 13, 2018

One activity humans should be exceptionally good at is innovation. Being able to conceive of new ways to shape the material world to our advantage is what differentiates us from animals.

Should the US pick winners in its hi-tech battle with China?

June 11, 2018

The next wave of technological innovation is shaping up differently. China’s rulers have identified the industries they want to dominate this century, from robotics to biotechnology and artificial intelligence, or AI.

The Real China Threat Is That Its People Are Talented

June 04, 2018

Many believe that China’s government prevents the untrammeled expression of ideas and thereby stifles innovation. As a result, the theory goes that China has to obtain technology from others because it cannot develop creative ideas on its own.

Four Steps To Reignite Innovation And Secure The Future Of Work In America

May 31, 2018

The greatest threat to the American workforce is not automation. It is not the digital revolution. It is the stagnation of innovation. If the U.S. continues on its current trajectory it will be surpassed by China and Russia before the next generation.

Calm Down, Folks: Enemies Still Fear US Military Tech Innovation

May 21, 2018

Panting warnings that the United States is falling dangerously behind our opponents in the race for military innovation are commonplace.

Predicting the 10 Millionth U.S. Patent

May 20, 2018

Innovation has been the lifeblood of America since the country’s founding fathers established a patent office in 1790. In recent years, the pace of innovation has certainly increased, especially for engineers who design chips and systems.

The Real Reasons Failure Is Important To Innovation

May 16, 2018

We are told often it’s because we learn the most from our mistakes. If we aren’t failing, we aren’t pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Artificial intelligence could beckon new innovation wave

May 10, 2018

Artificial intelligence is an emerging field that provides new benefits and capabilities, according to Ed McLaughlin, MasterCard president of operations and technology, “I don’t think there’s a company, an industry, a country which isn’t interested in advancing artificial intelligence right now,”

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