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Moral compasses and parallel universes — a few thoughts about technology and ethics


Editor’s note: Today we are happy to feature excerpts from a post on technology and ethics from Ericsson’s User Experience Lab blog. The post was written by Joakim Formo, a designer and senior researcher at the User Experience Lab, which is a multidisciplinary unit within Ericsson Research exploring networked societies, people and artifacts through strategic design and making.

Should public safety trump civil liberty? Will cities (or our lives for that matter) become better if we make them more efficient? Does it matter if common technologies are indecipherable to most people? Is it always a given that the data generated by people’s use of products and services belongs to the ones providing those products and services?

These kinds of questions are a tacit or clearly stated part of most of our projects. Here are some thoughts about how we reckon morality works and how we relate ethics to technology. Continue reading

Networked Society from the beginning to the end – and beyond?


A few weeks ago, Facebook announced ways it would allow us more choice and control over our accounts when we die, and it brought to the fore a whole new element to how we in my family have thought about handling death. Continue reading

Mastering the six new building blocks for business in the Networked Society


When our ancestors exchanged farm life in favor of factory life in the shift from an agricultural world to an industrial world, life changed fundamentally for hundreds of millions of people. The very basic logic of life shifted for this new working class, with new concepts such as defined working hours, indoor work and a synchronized start and end of the day regardless what weather or season.

The startups and disruptors of that time took advantage of a number of new building blocks that soon became the foundation for organizing commerce and production. Continue reading

Daunting digital divide dilemma – broadband opened the gap, mobile and cloud can close it

Daunting digital divide dilemma – broadband opened the gap, mobile and cloud can close it

Discussions on the digital divide and associated challenges have been around as long as internet. The actual definition comes in a variety of forms, the most common being lack of access to the internet. So the question becomes whether the problem is unsolvable or whether the landscape will change with mobile and cloud. Continue reading

On IoT Day 2015, 205 days between compromise and discovery is not good enough


The future world is one of hyper connectivity. And the Internet of Things will have a larger impact on people, business and society than even the “Internet of People” already has. Even today container ships are conserving fuel with real time routing based on other ships’ data; Pay-as-you-drive car insurance is based on your own driving behaviors; and more data is available on our personal health and wellness than ever before. Continue reading

When we put our journals online, we become journalists


In our research at Ericsson ConsumerLab, we have seen that consumers are less concerned about issues related to personal information and online privacy than many of the experts in the field.

Whereas the experts tend to see a big backlash coming, consumers say that online benefits outweigh concerns. Continue reading

Exciting enterprise eco-system experiments – how operators can find the next growth trajectory


Operators’ enterprise data business has seen over the last 10 years a transition from legacy data services (leased lines, frame relay and ATM) to Metro Ethernet services. And increases in Metro Ethernet data services revenues have almost been able to offset the revenue decline in legacy services. But operators now have an opportunity to turn their declining or flat enterprise business into a growth area. It will be a journey associated with significant innovation and ecosystem innovation over the coming three years. Continue reading

Are videos of people playing video games the future? They’re just the beginning.


At first I thought it was an awkward phenomena, but now I have realized it may not be that strange at all. Instead of playing games themselves, my kids sit in front of their screens watching YouTube clips of someone else playing games on his computer. They watch PewDiePie, whose channel is the most subscribed to on YouTube. It is obviously very entertaining, as they would watch his clips for hours if they could. Continue reading

Consumers will get to pay with their smartphones in the end


You would be amazed to find out what people carry around in their wallets and purses. Back in 2007, we asked people in Tokyo to empty all of the contents of their wallet or purse onto a table and talk about what they had.

The average number of cards people carried around was 28 – things like bank credit cards, store credit cards, IDs, cash cards, train passes, tickets, membership cards, point cards, commuter cards, repair receipts, pre-order certificates, and more. Continue reading

Can mobile money challenge the fortunes of King Cash in Latin America?

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In Latin America people are talking about mobile money. At Ericsson, we think that, with innovation and access empowered by the Networked Society, there will be major societal shifts thanks to electronic financial transactions. Continue reading