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  • We often immerse ourselves in a book, movie or TV show to escape reality. But many of the greatest and/or most popular works of literature and entertainment have been harbingers of the innovations that dominate technology today: the Internet, artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing, to name a few. We've come up with the following 10 examples of technologies that were depicted in books, cinema and/or television well before they were actually invented. Some of the classics cited here—2001: A Space Odyssey, Total Recall and Minority Report, and the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises—have been widely praised for their forward-thinking concepts. But other examples may surprise you. Mark Twain, for example, was primarily known as a sharp-witted commentator about the society of his era, but one relatively obscure work conveys a more futuristic side of the satirist, and we've included that one here. Our list was compiled from a number of online resources, including those posted by, and

  • While most organizations have incorporated innovation into their must-do agenda for at least a couple of years now, very few of them are devoting more than a slim fraction of their budget to these initiatives, according to a recent survey from Imaginatik. The resulting "State of Global Innovation" report reveals that companies view innovation as a means to address changing customer demands, while also keeping up with the pace of technology change. Subsequently, many business leaders expect to introduce new products to the market. But, in addition to budget issues, many survey respondents said the lack of a supportive organizational culture and mindset is holding back efforts. "Innovation is a nice aspiration, but it still feels decidedly alien in most corporate settings," the report stated. "Many companies hear the distant specter of external change, but not loudly enough to force unconditional action now. Yet, for most organizations, it's just a matter of time before the need to innovate becomes a deafening roar, and heretofore tentative efforts suddenly become urgent, accelerated and well-funded." C-level executives, managers and other professionals representing a total of 200 organizations took part in the research.

  • The vast majority of U.S. executives surveyed said their company is leveraging innovation to stay ahead of the competition, according to a recent survey from NineSigma. Most of these executives expect their organization to increase budgets for innovation programs next year. When it comes to advancing such efforts, business leaders are willing to get creative, adopting gamification-styled approaches to motivate employees to find better ways to increase the level of innovation in their products and services. Another notable trend is the emerging concept of "open innovation," in which organizations embrace greater collaboration both internally and externally to fuel lasting growth and success. "We're pleased to see companies embracing open innovation, and now is the time to take it to the next level," said Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma. "It's crucial to bring the strategic planning functions together—marketing, R&D, procurement, etc.—with a unified understanding of how open innovation can deliver the most important competitive advantages." The findings contain generational comparisons for key topic points, and we've included some of those here.

  • Whether it's monitoring aircraft engines, improving supply chains or keeping consumers informed about their food, the Internet of things is proving its worth.

  • Wearable devices are likely to become common tools, so companies must consider the benefits and challenges of allowing employees to use these devices at work.