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Toptal Insights provides thought leadership about topics central to the future of work, innovation, and distributed teams. We frequently collaborate with Toptal's enterprise team and clients, sharing exclusive perspective on emerging trends.

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History of Augmented Reality: Glow Pucks to Immersive Reality

by Andrew Graunke

Andrew Graunke, Toptal Head of Enterprise Design, has implemented augmented reality (AR) design projects for dozens of enterprises. Here he outlines his pocket history of AR: from fighter jets to touchless computers to Glow Pucks, AR has already started making waves. Based on his current projects and pipeline, Graunke also blueprints his vision for AR's future.

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How to Predict the Future: Mitigating the Impacts of Uncertainty

by Toptal

Strategic foresight has become an essential tool for any organization, but how does futurism translate to strategy? In this interview, Amy Zalman, PhD, founder of foresight consultancy Prescient, explains how to utilize strategic foresight and navigate the influx of artificial intelligence and other global transformations.

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Supporting the Tech Supply Through STEM Education

by Toptal

As the demand for technology professionals consistently increases year over year, supply is struggling to keep up. Fostering interest in STEM education in children early on is essential in building a sustainable pipeline for years to come. Toptal is proud to award our Women’s Scholarship to two women who are helping to foster this interest among youth across Asia and Oceania.

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The Enterprise Starting Point: Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

by Toptal Research

An expanding array of artificial technology options presents enterprise executives with a daunting challenge: where to start? Toptal executives share perspective on the distinction between AI and Data Science, and why the latter serves as the best starting point for most companies.

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The Democratization of Education – A Global Frontier

by Toptal Research

Technology is a democratizing force, and improving global access to tech education is a priority for organizations like Mozilla, IBM, and the United Nations. With its inaugural Scholarship for Women being awarded to a worthy candidate in Ghana this year, Toptal is proud to join the growing worldwide effort to help talented individuals and communities gain access to the tools and resources they need.

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The Power of Skills-Based Volunteering

by Melody Liu

Social responsibility is increasingly front-of-mind for employees as they consider where to build their careers. This article explores how skills-based volunteering can not only serve as a strong employee retention strategy in response to this greater desire for social impact, but also democratize highly skilled talent to help a broader range organizations and communities.

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The Practical Guide to Building Online Communities

by David Abramovich

Online communities shape the relationship between a company and its distributed workforce. They also foster connections between workers, enriching both their professional and personal lives. In this article, David Abramovich, the Online Community Leader at Toptal, shares fundamental steps to successfully cultivate this critical ingredient that increasingly impacts the future of work.

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Product Managers vs. Project Managers Part II: Situational Analysis

by Johnny Chao

In Part II of our Product Managers vs. Project Managers series, Johnny Chao explores situations in which companies should seek a Product Manager, Project Manager, or hybrid of both.

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