1. The Networked Society blog

Things in the Networked Society – connected and intelligent

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Anything that can benefit from a connection will have one in the Networked Society.

About seven years ago, our former CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg stated that there would be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. That was mind-blowing at that time. What would all these devices do? Continue reading

Ericsson Industry Watch

Your main threat isn’t failure. It’s inaction.

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The path to disruption is paved with failed ideas. You should be trying a lot more of them. Continue reading

Stunning security solutions soon a society standard – a new cyber security reality emerges

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Recent cyber-crime attacks have shown the vulnerability of previous generations of security systems. The world is fast becoming divided between those who know they have been attacked and those who have yet to find out. Continue reading

Ericsson Industry Watch

Why your biggest assets may be your biggest liabilities

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As we enter a world of digital abundance, is your entire industry organized to solve problems that no longer exist? Continue reading

What could make you give up your smartphone?

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Something to repeat…

We are traveling to skiing. To fill the time, we are playing “Would you rather…?” For example, would you rather be confronted by a bear or by a mountain lion?

The correct answer is a mountain lion, if you want to survive.

Then Maxim moved on. “Would you rather give up your laptop or your smartphone?” Continue reading

Users in the Networked Society – participating and active

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Regardless of what industry you work in, the transformation we are in right now is going to hit you, in some industries sooner than others. But irrespective of industry, there are a set of assets that will be common building blocks for the future of business in the Networked Society. Continue reading

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

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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?

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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

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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

Ericsson Industry Watch

The dematerialization of devices

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From soccer balls to wearables, new portals are opening up between our physical and digital worlds. Those who control them will own the immaterial assets that steer tomorrow’s human-machine interfaces. Continue reading