Big Thinkers

Arnie Leap wants to create the perfect gifting experience

In the last 40 years, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. has undergone an incredible transformation. According to Arnie Leap, the company’s CIO, the transformation isn’t done.

Artificial Intelligence

In one of the coldest places on Earth, this utility keeps the power on

How does NB Power keep homes warm and its employees safe during winter ice storms and -30°C temperatures? Through AI and accurate outage prediction models.


45,000 frog calls and counting: How crowd-sourced science could help heal the planet

How do we help the planet? Ask a frog... and 200,000 of its friends.

How an app designed for people who are blind could solve a global skills shortage

Written by Jordan Teicher | October 24, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence, New Normal

Kilroy Blockchain's AI-powered Riley app was designed to overcome sight-related barriers. But it could soon be used to train workers around the world. more

With IBM partnership, USC fills the manufacturing skills gap

Written by Jordan Teicher | October 3, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Manufacturing...

The next generation of manufacturers needs to be fluent in new technologies to succeed. Universities, in partnership with technology companies, can provide that education. more

This man wants your next employee to be an AI-powered digital human

Written by Jordan Teicher | October 1, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence, Big Thinkers, Media and Entertainment...

Can digital humans revolutionize the economics of customer service? Greg Cross thinks so. more

Can better data analytics slow the fastest-growing illegal trade in the world?

Written by Justine Jablonska | September 18, 2018 | Data, Government, Industries...

It’s the third-largest criminal activity in the world. Can big data disrupt human trafficking? more

Auto companies are quick to implement IIoT but slow to secure it, new study shows

Written by Justine Jablonska | September 17, 2018 | Automotive, Industries, IoT

87% of auto companies are implementing IIoT into plants and assembly lines without fully evaluating risk, according to a new study. more

At United Airlines, Jason Birnbaum aims for transformation without the turbulence

Written by Jordan Teicher | September 7, 2018 | Big Thinkers, Customer Experience, Travel and Transportation

United Airlines' digital transformation had yet to prove truly transformative. Jason Birnbaum wanted to change that. more

Kroger’s food safety chief wants to untangle the food supply chain

Written by Jordan Teicher | September 6, 2018 | Big Thinkers, Blockchain, Retail and Consumer Products

Howard Popoola is part of an ambitious effort to provide a new level of trust and transparency to the food supply chain through blockchain technology. more

In the ’90s, Dan Kohn brought retail to the web. Now he has another big idea.

Written by Jordan Teicher | September 5, 2018 | Big Thinkers, Cloud, Retail and Consumer Products

At 21, Dan Kohn made secure retail transactions possible online. Now, he advocates for new technologies that improve e-commerce. more

Can AI help reduce Beijing’s smog?

Written by Rich McKay | September 4, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence, Data, Energy and Utilities...

Energy and utilities companies can use AI and IoT to embrace sustainability and efficiency: reducing pollution, optimizing renewable energy, and improving asset management. more