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  • Innovations in technology that make autonomous cars possible also deliver advances in driving safety and comfort features that we can take advantage of today.

  • We need more people who are blazing a path to innovation and progress—and fewer who are serving up gadgets and gizmos that wind up in closets and landfills.

  • The supplier of travel data and services turns to IBM's Watson to make it simple for businesses and consumers to book an entire trip at one location online.

  • If we're going to have dozens—or hundreds—of connected devices on our home and business networks, we'll need better ways to manage everything in one place.

  • Everyone talks about being innovative, but do you and your IT teams really have what it takes to propose and pursue pioneering ideas that are both disruptive and profitable? A new survey from McKinsey & Co. highlights the following eight characteristics of innovative leaders. An accompanying article to the study, "The Eight Essentials of Innovation," reveals that groundbreaking ideas are not simply the result of hard work or good luck. They're developed through effective, strategic practices that are often embedded in a successful organization's culture. In addition, would-be innovators must be willing to take bold risks, because these efforts frequently require a profound business reinvention. "It's no secret: Innovation is difficult for well-established companies," according to the article. "By and large, they are better executors than innovators, and most succeed less through game-changing creativity than by optimizing their existing businesses … Since innovation is a complex, companywide endeavor, it requires a set of crosscutting practices and processes to structure, organize and encourage it." More than 2,500 executives took part in the study.

  • When it comes to the Internet of things (IoT), the numbers are staggering: By 2020, the number of connected devices is expected to double to 50 billion, according to industry research. More than two out of five enterprises are either currently leveraging IoT technologies or plan to do so this year. Overall, the economic impact of the IoT will amount to at least $14 trillion by 2025—if not more than double that. But, beyond the numbers, there's the sheer amount of positive influence that the IoT is building within organizations and in society overall, as 83 percent of industry, academic, consulting and other experts say the IoT will have a "widespread and beneficial" impact for the indefinite future. In the recent book, The Internet of Things (MIT Press/available now), author Samuel Greengard provides a thorough, thought-provoking overview of the IoT with respect to its potential to literally change the world. No industry appears out of reach here, as connected machines are creating greater efficiencies and saving costs in industries as wide-ranging as transportation, manufacturing, health care, retail and agriculture. For a glimpse of both current and near-future developments in the IoT, we've included the following examples from the book. Greengard, who has been writing about technology and business for many years, is a contributing writer to Baseline.