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The "uncanny valley" between human and bot

Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly human, especially in terms of linguistic interaction. MIT researcher Aleksandra Przegalinska studies the communication between humans and bots. She will speak at the GDI’s 15th European Trend Day, and discusses her research in this video.

European Foodservice Summit: New insights from the restaurant industry

What are the current key issues for restaurants? At this year's European Foodservice Summit (EFSS), innovators and thought leaders discussed the industry’s future. Boston University Professor and EFSS hosting partner Christopher Muller summarised the conference in his concluding speech.

Innovation is happening in China

In the Chinese market, “there is this willingness to try new things”, says Fung Academy’s Richard Kelly. In a video interview with the GDI, he discusses the innovation differences between Asian and Western economies.

Open-mindedness, not fear: New technologies for greater prosperity

According to economics professor John Van Reenen, productivity improves society's prosperity; he describes in a video how new technologies, management practices, and more sophisticated data application can increase productivity.

Sir Ian Cheshire: “You will be murdered”

It's a tough time for department stores. Yet Debenhams Chairman Sir Ian Cheshire sees potential for this format, namely as a curator who brings “newness” to customers via fresh products and brands.

Jarno Vanhatapio: “Generation Z is a very different generation looked from a retail perspective”

To win over generation 1995+, you have to rethink your business. That’s what Jarno Vanhatapio did with his company, NA-KD – using a strategy where the clothes are secondary to the story.

What does Generation Z want?

How could under 23s be recruited for the retail industry? And is it possible to work with millennials and Generation Z at all? In a video interview with the GDI, headhunter Lucy Harris speaks to changes and opportunity in the retail industry.

AI is the future of gastronomy

At Stockholm Pizzeria 1889, the future is already here. "Bi by Ai" is the concept behind the food; restaurant designer Benjamin Calleja explains how artificial intelligence will revolutionise gastronomy.

Mette Lykke: “When you save a meal, you just feel good!”

One-third of food produced is thrown away, and it’s hurting the environment. Entrepreneur Mette Lykke of Too good to go explains how she saved 3500 tons of carbon dioxide by using her app to reduce food waste.

Debates on Artificial Intelligence: Arts vs. Technology?

Artificial intelligence, equality and social justice – in his third article, GDI researcher Zhan Li focuses on the interface between technology and the arts. He interviewed historian of technology Marie Hicks and AI specialist Valencia James.

The most important facts from the GDI Retail Summit 2018

What does trade competition from China mean? How do convenience suppliers hold their ground? What does football have to do with retailing? Answers were provided by innovators and retail giants at the GDI Retail Summit from 6 to 7 September 2018. A summary.

Food Disruption Map: Innovations between acceptance and rejection

The topic of food is on everyone's lips; the field of new technologies and innovations relating to our nutrition is correspondingly diverse. The GDI's Food Disruption Map shows which trends are on the brink of a technological and social breakthrough and which are far removed from it.

Technology replaces spirit – New ways to happiness

The pursuit of happiness belongs to humanity. While no one has cracked the universal code of happiness, new technologies may soon make it possible. In the study “Wellness 2030 – The new techniques of happiness”, GDI researchers describe how.

Why every company should hire “rebellious” staff

People who think differently – and don't suppress it in a business setting – are quickly regarded as annoying troublemakers. But “rebel talents” could be an advantage for companies specifically because of their non-conformity, says Harvard professor Francesca Gino. She explains why at the Academy of Behavioral Economics at the GDI.

How data and simulations are changing politics

In the second part of his summer tour, GDI researcher Zhan Li takes a closer look at how data and simulation capabilities are shaping our understanding of possible futures of cities and civic power. For this purpose, Li visited conferences and spoke to a number of leading futurists.

Jan Sedlacek: “I am very critical when it comes to Silicon Valley safaris”

Customer-oriented, keen to experiment and networked – Jan Sedlacek, co-founder of business consultancy Stryber, knows what makes successful executives in the digital age. In an interview with the GDI, he explains why this is less about skills than about the way of thinking.

Disruptive patterns: Steps towards the energy future

Disruptive patterns, such as ecological catastrophes, are unavoidable on the path to the energy future. Nevertheless, political focus lies primarily on prevention of such events. Stefan Breit explains in the GDI study “A New World of Energy” why states back on the wrong horse.

Summer tour to the topics of the future

Blockchain, cryptocurrencies or artificial intelligence are not only transforming the world technologically. They also lead to cultural and political change. This provides a lot discussion among futurologists. GDI researcher Zhan Li attended a number of future conferences this summer and summarised the most important trends.

Outsourcing thinking

Maximize your happiness by building a life that requires fewer decisions, says neuroscientist Moran Cerf. Why it is sometimes worthwhile to let others decide and how a chip in our heads could boost efficency, he explains in a TED Talk.

Science-Food: between tradition and progress

For thousands of years we have been changing our food through selection and crossing. Nevertheless, genetic modification of organisms is a controversial issue. Fears - for example of multi-resistant pests – characterise the discourse. But genetically modified organisms could also change the world in a positive sense.

Richard Kelly: “The biggest barrier to innovation is doing nothing”

New technologies, such as blockchain, are tempting. But to chase after them blindly is a fatal mistake, says Richard Kelly, Chief Catalyst of the Fung Academy and speaker at the 68th International Retail Summit. In an interview with the GDI, he talks about what a company really needs to be innovative.

Convincing people with simple decisions

The way we make decisions has a lot to do with comfort and aesthetics, says Shlomo Benartzi, a behavioural economist and speaker at the sixth Academy of Behavioral Economics. In a TED talk, he explains how our online and offline behaviour differs.

From selfie to digital double

In the future, data-enriched selfies, will be much more than an image of an external state. Algorithms will soon be able to read us better than any psychiatrist.

Lucy Harris: «Organisations need a mix of new age technology and senior wisdom»

The retail industry is obsessed with customer focus, says Lucy Harris, a partner at the British recruitment consultancy Clarity Search. In an interview with the GDI and at the International Retail Summit, she explains why companies should give more attention to their recruitment strategy.

Terry Young: “Marketing will be hyper-personalised”

We will soon see advertising messages that are aligned with our DNA, says Terry Young, founder of the consulting company sparks & honey. But how will this hyper-personalised marketing affect retail? The US-American CEO answers this question in this interview and at the GDI Retail Summit.

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