Category archives: People

Everyday interaction and Connected Me

Touch is instinctual. Our need for it begins in the womb. Touch comforts and nurtures us. We use touch to perform tasks throughout the entire day; we use our hands constantly to turn things on and off, to open and close objects – basically to do anything.  

Ready for Rio

The theme of Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, is “Commit to the future we want.”

The VGo robot: a hero to homebound students

At MWC 2012, I brought a VGo robot on stage and spoke about its potential. The robot is a brilliant mobile application that is being used by more than 21 students in the United States, who previously, have been unable to attend school because of circumstances beyond their control. Thanks to the VGo robot, the [...]

21st-century agriculture gets connected

As the world population grows, so does the strain we put on the environment. The need for sustainable agricultural systems has never been greater, and communications technology is becoming essential to their development. The technological innovations that are emerging in the agricultural industry combine mobile broadband and machine-to-machine communication to help increase productivity, while also [...]

ICT as a game changer

Being connected has become a natural part of our daily lives – it enables people, business and society to interact, innovate and share knowledge in whole new ways.

ICT is the key to a smart city

Last week I attended the New Cities Summit in Paris, where discussions about how to achieve a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable urban future took place. I was impressed with the wide range of representatives from the worlds of business, policy, technology, infrastructure, finance, government, civil society, philanthropy and academia. This highlighted to me how [...]

Socializing leads to satisfaction

In my previous post, I wrote that commuting is the biggest source of stress and frustration for people living in cities, according to a new Ericsson ConsumerLab report, City Life.  
So what makes city residents feel at ease? Social networking. Those who live in the city spend a large chunk of their time socializing. On [...]

How much commotion does your commute cause?

I consider myself lucky. It takes me 15 minutes to drive to my work: Ericsson’s headquarters in Stockholm. It takes me 25 minutes if I ride my bicycle, 40 minutes if I run, and 45 minutes if I take public transport. Depending on the method of transport I choose, the maximum I have to travel [...]

What does your social media profile say about you?

On May 18, the IPO of Facebook came at a valuation of USD108 billion. If you’re a baby boomer like me, you might wonder how this event will impact your future career. Until about six months ago, I was representative of most baby boomers– I was using one social-media tool for friends and family life [...]

Paris, a city embracing innovation

This week, the New Cities Summit takes place in Paris; a city that has experienced groundbreaking changes in city planning – think Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Haussman was famous for modernizing Paris during the mid-19th century. The reconstruction of Paris involved all aspects of urban planning, including the demolition of 27,000 of the city’s 66,000 buildings. This [...]