More than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities, a figure that will grow to as much as 70 percent by 2050, according to our report on the future life in the megacities. This huge surge will bring 630 million people to the 40 largest metropolitan areas by 2025 – and ensuring that there is enough mobile data capacity to cover all bus, subway and train stations will be even more vital than it is today. Continue reading
It’s not unusual that great innovations start based on industrial needs and then develop into something ordinary people can use in their daily lives. Continue reading
Last week, I had the good fortune to visit a true gem on the Adriatic Sea: Think turquoise water, green islands and a fascinating old town. The wall of the fire station just next to my rented apartment, however, proved to be in stark contrast to all this beauty. It was covered in bullet holes, serving as a reminder of a violent recent past. It made me think about how connectivity today is helping us to overcome critical issues and critical needs. Continue reading
An article in the current issue of the Scientific American recently caught my attention. It describes a very interesting business model that the New York City electrical utility, Con Edison, has applied.
The utility offers its customers a kit that allows them to remotely – via a mobile app or web site – adjust their air conditioning settings. It is all free of charge and even includes a gift certificate from the company. So how is this good business for the utility? Continue reading
Yesterday, I wrote about the need for men in today’s society to take their networking online and use the social-media tools available to them to enhance their personal and business prospects. Continue reading
If we are determined to join the Networked Society as influencers outside our physical sphere, we must embrace social-media tools. So why aren’t we doing so? Continue reading
On Friday, September 28, Hans Vestberg talked about The Networked Society at SIME London. He spoke about how broadband, mobility and the cloud will become the core infrastructures in which all other activities in society will operate under.
At the moment, basically every industry sector in the world is seeking new opportunities based on this ICT infrastructure, in order to be more efficient and to enhance their business propositions. Today, businesses are changing at a tremendous pace and this speed of change will only continue to increase. In fact, change will never be as slow as it is today. Continue reading
25 teams presented. Ranging from enabling immediate feedback at conferences (the winner) to helping people find Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) help more efficiently (2nd place) to Hope – connecting food donators to food collectors (3rd place). All the ideas had one thing in common: Take technology and think about existing situations differently. Continue reading
The UN week in New York is an annual event to update on progress towards the Millennium goals. My first visit was 3 years ago when I attended a new event that was happening just before UN week started – the “Social Good” by Mashable. The problem at UN week in those days was that there was no venue where “non-traditional” media could cover the events and news of the week. Mashable solved this problem in combination with the UN foundation and invited all bloggers and social activists to attend a pre-event conference at the 92Y. Continue reading
Today, September 21, is being observed around the world as the International Day of Peace. The United Nations is recognizing the day by holding a series of high-level debates on the connection between sustainable development and sustainable peace. The role of ICT in addressing the Millennium Development Goals is increasingly recognized. I would also argue, however, that technology has a critical role to play in shaping future strategies for peace. Continue reading