The End is Nigh for Some Retailers – But Not the World

The End is Nigh for Some Retailers – But Not the World

Traditional “brick and mortar” retailers are disappearing in record numbers and many are close to drawing their last commercial breath. The demise of well-known brands may be regrettable to some – but it’s not the end of the world. While this period of disruption is traumatic for many people, it’s important to keep in mindRead More

Augment or Replace: How Will AI Impact the Workplace?

Augment or Replace: How Will AI Impact the Workplace?

A future where Artificial Intelligence (AI) renders humans largely redundant in the workplace is one view of AI’s societal impact. Another view is that although AI will redefine the concept of earning a living, the technology will liberate individuals from routine tasks and enable them to perform to much higher levels. Both views were discussedRead More

MIT Researchers Respond to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

MIT Researchers Respond to Hurricanes Irma and Maria

As Hurricane Irma approached the Caribbean, public and private supply chains already affected and stretched thin by Hurricane Harvey had to ramp up again. Coordination was even more critical in order to leverage all available logistics capacity in meeting human needs. MIT’s Humanitarian Response Lab joined the effort, operating from the Federal Emergency Management AgencyRead More

Blockchain’s Garbage In, Garbage Out Challenge

Blockchain’s Garbage In, Garbage Out Challenge

Any information system is only as good as the quality of its data; the well-known garbage in, garbage out conundrum. Blockchains are distributed ledgers that are subject to this principle, but more so than conventional systems since the entries are supposed to be unalterable. Is data integrity the Achilles Heel of blockchain technology, especially inRead More

Packaging Changes Can Improve Food Assistance Delivery, Study Finds

Packaging Changes Can Improve Food Assistance Delivery, Study Finds

A study carried out by a team from the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) program, found that changing the type of packaging used in food assistance programs can reduce spoilage, cut costs, and improve the delivery of life-saving shipments. CITE is the first program dedicated to developing methods for product evaluation in global development.Read More