Tag archives: ICT

From CERN to Barcelona: the internet a quarter-century on

*+-From the northern lights in Swedish Lapland to Michelangelo’s masterpieces in Italy, the most memorable sight for me by far was CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where the world’s most prominent physicists smash particles in search of answers to mankind’s ultimate quest: how did the universe – and of all us – come into existence?

Smart is easy, changing perspective is hard!

*+-As we enter an era when authorities need to let smart citizens lead and participate more than before, the ability to switch perspective will become a critical local government competence. Officials need to have ability to not get stuck in arcane policies out of habit.

Following Pope Francis’ footsteps in Manila with smartphones and social media


Anything-as-a-Service – circular companies consume considerable cash

*+-Business models in the Networked Society are shifting from selling products to selling products as a service. This shift requires product providers to secure access to more capital upfront to be able to sell their products in the new model. To accomplish this, circular economy is emerging with new financing models.

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!

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?

Empowering societies with mobile health

*+-Various telecom operators around the world have begun to offer mobile health services in partnership with healthcare providers for remote patient monitoring. This is truly required for patients with chronic illnesses and mobility issues – in these cases mobile health drastically improves their quality of life. But what if people cannot afford to own their own health monitoring equipment?

Santa Cloud is coming to town …

*+-The cloud could be a big help for Santa Claus during his one huge workday , not to mention the rest of the year when he has to prepare himself and his team of managers, the elves, for a lighting-fast global logistics operation. Here are a few ways that Santa could seamlessly manage his people, himself, resources, customers, and suppliers in the cloud:

The top ten consumer trends for 2015 and beyond

*+-From a personal perspective, trying out a couple of new apps and ultimately keeping one or two of them for daily use doesn’t seem like a lot of change – but it has a huge impact on society as a whole. Do you remember as a child how irritating it was to meet grandparents or relatives at big events and having to suffer the “Oh, you have grown so much” commentary? When you are the one changing, you don’t see it, even if it was so striking to others.

Putting airlines and banks on notice in the Networked Society

*+-ll I can think about is: Why aren’t the bags connected? It seems that the Internet of Things has managed to skip over the airline baggage industry. When you send a package via the US Postal Service or UPS, you get a tracking number and you can watch your package as it moves from warehouse to airplane to another warehouse to a truck coming to your door. Fantastic.