Category: Base of the Pyramid

In this blog, we discuss cognitive computing and other technologies with a focus on supply chain management and innovation. Other topics of discussion include digital enterprise transformation, marketing, the Internet of Things, and smart cities. Our goal is to advance the public discussion about how cognitive computing and other advanced technologies affect the world in which we live.

Bradd C. Hayes is the active editor of this blog.


2015 Predictions: Emerging Markets

Sustained global economic growth primarily depends on continued growth in emerging markets. New middle class consumers in those markets will hopefully spark that growth as they find themselves with a little more

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Demographics and Destiny

Demographic concerns differ widely depending on where you live. For example, two articles published in the Financial Times on the same day carried very different messages. In the first article, an op-ed

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Intelligence and Disease

Katie Baker wrote, “Global differences in intelligence is a sensitive topic, long fraught with controversy and still tinged by the disgraceful taint of pseudosciences such as craniometry that strove to prove the

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Hard Road Ahead for New States

The list of 195 independent countries in the world is about to be joined by the 196th — South Sudan. Residents of southern Sudan were nearly unanimous in expressing their desire to

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Update on Global Poverty

Some truths are not self-evident. For example, the belief that “poor people — the destitute, disease ridden and malnourished ‘bottom billion’ — live in poor countries” seems self-evident (i.e., “that has been

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Past-Post Updates

From time to time, I run across articles pertaining to subjects about which I have previously written. I had been saving the articles for future use and the time seems right to

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An Update on Microfinance

Having written a number of posts concerning the benefits and pitfalls of microfinance, I continue to monitor the subject with some interest. Muhammad Yunus, who is credited with developing the microfinance sector,

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Effective Philanthropy

Aristotle once wrote, “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” That sentiment has echoed through history’s halls — yet poverty remains widespread. It’s not that people haven’t tried to do anything

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