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Summer vacations are over here in Sweden and what could be better than kicking off the autumn with a new approach to the blog?! We’ll keep posting about our research but we’ll also be updating you with less “polished” posts, such as this one.

Acquiring insights and turn them into knowledge is a fundamental part of any design and/or research activity. In today’s information saturated world [ Read more ]

Mixed Reality Mining – ICTs in a mining context

During last spring we at Strategic Design and the Service System Research team engaged in a joint research project with Boliden. Together we explored what the mining industry could do with 5G and ICTs in a near future. Our goal was to develop tangible concepts showcasing how Ericsson’s current or possible future technologies could create benefits for the mining industry; in terms of safety, productivity, employee well-being, or any other relevant aspect. We strived [ Read more ]

Telehaptic Drone Control (Feel the Force)


As a part of our ongoing explorations of remote controlling things, we recently played around a bit with remote controlled drones and haptic augmented reality. It turned into a nice prototype as well as a showcase for something that future network technologies like 5G will enable. We demonstrated the whole thing at the Mobile World Congress 2016, even live [ Read more ]

Wrestling with the hegemony of industrialism – Some thoughts on innovation


Earlier this year the British innovation company Fluxx contacted me for an interview about how we are working with innovation. The interview is now published on their excellent website! As usual my answers were rather long so they needed to be edited a bit, however both Fluxx and we thought it could be of interest to publish a more raw version here on our blog as a [ Read more ]

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

smilescale_16-9 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 [ Read more ]


162_frontend_ppt Rising a child is a complex task

Lately I’ve been studying complexity: complex systems in general, and management and operations thereof in particular. It’s a fairly all-encompassing subject that tends to easily shift over to rather abstract discussions. In this blog post I’ll try to stick to the core and bring up some of the aspects that we have been thinking of. [ Read more ]

5G as a Material — getting our heads around the systemic properties of future mobile networks

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The notion that something new equals progression is profoundly embedded in our commercial culture. Improved is almost a synonym for new and we characterise a new version of just about anything as better, especially if it involves any kind of technology. In mobile wireless network systems ‘improved’ often means more; more speed, more capacity, more responsiveness, more frequencies etc., and unless technical [ Read more ]

Taking the idea for a walk


It has been a bit quiet here at the blog for a while, but, you know, blog-silence often means lot’s of things happening underneath the surface. This subsurface bustle — let’s just call it The Perpetual Corporate Reorganisation phenomenon — has resulted in a new “home”. We are now part of a newly established department in Ericsson’s research organisation called “Management and Operation [ Read more ]

Navigation by elevator

The seventh edition of the operating system for my mobile phone of choice was just released. I’m noting, subjectively, that the most new-ish thing is not the aesthetic scheme, not the new features nor the new easy-to-access functions — it’s the three dimensional navigation. Nope, not the parallax effect or the semitranslucent panels, but the way the interface takes [ Read more ]

The São Paulo e-Poupatempo centers and some ongoing thinking along those lines

Earlier this year I was in São Paulo for the New Cities Summit discussing how cities can become more human among other things. When traveling that far away from home to one of the more exciting mega cities in the world, I did of course take the opportunity to explore the city. One of my excursions led me to the Read more ]