This Week in Technology Innovation and Trends

You thought smart cities were the next big thing? Try smart islands. If your company isn’t already thinking like an entertainment company, it might be time to start. Predictive technology has some pretty cool uses cases, and it’s definitely more effective than other methods of making educated guesses about the future. Mobileye and Britain’s national mapping agency have teamed up to gather data about roadside infrastructure. And Intel’s VP of HR went to Congress to discuss how critical diversity is to STEM.

Governments Look to "Smart Islands" for High Tech and Low Carbon Solutions

If you were stranded on an island, it would behoove you to make it a forward-thinking smart island instead of a desert one. Many islands are leading the way in smart technology as they work to become self-sufficient and reduce their carbon footprints. Move over, smart cities; smart islands might also be the future.

Why Every Company Needs to Think Like an Entertainment Company

We all know people are distracted. Just look at everyone staring at their phones on public transit/at restaurants/while walking. To get attention and actually draw a crowd, companies need to think like entertainers. Their very future might hinge on the intersection of content, gaming, and interactive services. Otherwise people will just keep scrolling.

The Past, Present, and Future of Automated Predictive Technology

Gazing into a crystal ball or reading tea leaves isn’t really an effective way of seeing the future, even for Professor Trelawney. Luckily, today’s predictive technology can provide a clearer view, and it’s helping with uses cases like delivering better ads and more efficient communal spaces. That’s pretty good news—not at all Grim.

Ordnance Survey and Mobileye Begin Trials to Map Britain’s Roadside Infrastructure

Forget bird’s-eye views. Let’s talk about the “worm’s-eye view.” Mobileye and the U.K.’s Ordnance Survey have partnered to map the region’s roads from street level, cataloguing road markings, traffic lights, lampposts, manhole covers, and a lot of other details. This data could bring a future of safer streets within reach.

Taking Real Action to Improve Diversity in STEM

Last week, Barbara Whye, Intel’s VP of HR and chief diversity and inclusion officer, testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology about the need for diversity in tech. She offered insights into the Intel STEM Education Strategy and programs that can help close the opportunity gap and improve hiring and retention practices. But larger change may need to come at the federal level.