Category archives: People

Will you use thoughts to send a smiley in the near future?

Just because we have seen amazingly fast development of new communication services over the past few years, including a rich flora of social networks, micro-blogging services, messages that self-delete, instant messaging services and variations on telephony with and without video, it doesn’t mean that this fast paced change is about to stop now.

E-mail is not dead. Long live e-mail, both at work and at home

The beauty of the Networked Society and all its new tools is that it is inclusive. We do not have to leave one form of communication for another; we can enjoy longform as well as short form.

When children connect everything, the screen age comes to an end

Children are not passive behind their screens. As they start connecting other things, they will be just as interactive with them, without having to hide behind screens. When we reach the end of this screen age that started with the TV in the 1950s, young people will be just as active in front of the world as they are now in front of their screens!

Smartphones do not make us anti-social

So… let’s get past the idea that cell phones make people antisocial. When you’re alone in a crowd of strangers, there’s nothing wrong with exploring your online world online and making connections that weren’t possible before. That’s what the Networked Society is all about.

Cord cutters challenge content companies

So what we see now is that content providers are starting to place big bets on reaching cord cutters. They are simply too big user group to leave unaddressed. At 14 percent, they also represent a considerable target group for advertisers. This is why we are now seeing large content providers launching single channel versions of their TV assets as over the top services

Do you want a robot that looks (and acts) exactly like a human?

Have you ever thought about owning a robot that looks almost exactly like a human? Have you ever thought about having a robot that can wash your dishes, wash your clothes, clean your home, wash your car and even have a smart chat with you? Or why couldn’t you go out and have a drink or two with it?

Microloans and circles of trust – a story of 8 farmers from Ghana

Following my Q&A last year with Kiva – the organisation that makes repayable loans available to people in emerging markets via mobile phones – I’d like to share an interesting case I discovered in which “circles of trust” play an important role for many users.

If you have a right to privacy, do you have an equal right to obscurity?

For many years, there has been an enormous amount of information available online about all of us, but the cost of discovery made its existence irrelevant. That is changing with the ability to “discover” large amounts of data with scale and immediacy. But this data was never private – so what’s the problem?

Acting fast in the continually evolving digital economy

As we move further into the Networked Society, people are rapidly becoming more aware of the opportunities for collaboration. And collaboration is going to play an even greater role in the way we communicate and do business. People in almost every industry – from telecom to finance to TV, to give just a few examples – will need to act fast to enhance the possibilities for collaborative innovation.

The “arts” of going mobile in the Networked Society

It isn’t primarily about finding a new audience, but including and offering the best experience to existing fans, says Michelle. “If you keep feeding the loyal base, they will be your ambassadors for a new audience … Putting it back in their hands and giving them something to share is genuine, the kind of endorsement we could never artificially create or afford to buy.”