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Dear Santa, can you get an electric bike down my chimney?

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Christmas is soon here! Time is running short, and I still haven’t done any gift shopping… Being a Swede, for me the obvious first place to look for gift ideas is the Swedish Retail Institute (HUI Research), who have been selecting the Christmas gift of the year since 1988. And this year, they have chosen… the electric bicycle.

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What is the future of truth? Global innovation competition looks for answers

On December 9 people from all over the world gathered at the Nobel Week Dialogue in Gothenburg, Sweden to discuss one of the hottest topics of the past two years: The Future of Truth. The theme also inspired the 2018 Ericsson Innovation Awards (EIA) student competition. This year’s regional winners were announced to the backdrop of the buzz of the Nobel Dialogue.

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How performance analytics takes sport to the next level

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Sport clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are going digital as they envisage a new level of sport performance analytics. And we can support this next generation sport analytics with platforms collecting any type of sensory data and with analytics suites enabling real-time correlation and presentation of data in human readable format to experts of sport domain.

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Net neutrality and how to keep the internet open for innovation

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The debate over net neutrality goes way back. In significant ways, it reaches all the way to the early 1980s, even before I spent nearly seven years at the FCC between 1997 and 2004.

We’ve been deeply involved at Ericsson in the current debate for almost a decade now, and we have consistently supported a framework for net neutrality that gives people access to the content, applications, and services they want, while at the same time promoting continued investment, experimentation, differentiation, and innovation.  Continue reading

Predicting the future is easy: A look back on the 10 Hot Consumer Trends 2017

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Soon we will release our annual 10 Hot Consumer Trends report, and we are just now putting the final touches to a report that really feels like the future!

But as Kelly and Zach Weinersmith say in their intriguing book Soonish (Penguin Press, 2017), it is pretty easy to predict the future. The only thing that’s hard is to be right.

So in order for you to judge how right we will be about 2018, I would like to take a look back at our 2017 trend report and see how our predictions fared this year. Continue reading

Ericsson Mobility Report: On forecasts, Shakespeare and the unknown

The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report was released this morning, with its usual complement of statistics and forecasts of mobile subscriptions, coverage and traffic.

A quick perusal of the report reveals that the major trends in the industry are alive and kicking: moderate subscription growth along with continued impressive technology migration rates (from GSM/EDGE to 3G and from 3G to LTE), devices, and traffic projected through the six-year forecast horizon.

By the end of 2023, there should be nine billion mobile subscriptions, seven of which are associated with smartphones which will be generating an average of 17GB of traffic per month, resulting in 110 Exabytes of monthly mobile data traffic.

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Humans and machines working together for a better society

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I recently spoke at TEDx Modena Salon about the strong commingling of computation – including machine intelligence – with communications technologies to realize a world where humans and machines can live and cooperate. Here is a summary of my ideas and you can also watch the video (in Italian). Continue reading

What are you doing about post-mortem privacy?

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This is my last will and testimony. To my family I leave all of my belongings, my house, my car and all of my comic books. And I also leave them the 2.1 PB of data that I have generated over my lifetime. To store, to edit or delete as they see fit …

In May 2018 the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)will go into force. Hence the talk of the town is about privacy. Just the other week I was participating on a panel together with sharp minds from IBM, Google and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. We were asked to share our views if it is possible to have both AI and privacy. Continue reading

5 ways that AI will change your life

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Editor’s note:  Today we are featuring a post by Ilaria Brunelli, Head of Ericsson at AT&T Foundry:

Falling costs for back-end technologies and capital investments from major brands have allowed artificial intelligence (AI) systems to prove themselves viable enablers in a variety of use cases, from mimicking human-level intelligence and beating chess champions to creating virtual assistants that can sustain an interactive dialog.

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Stake your claim in the connected ecosystem

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By 2025, digitization will change the way we live, travel and work. Where will you fit in? Now is the time to stake your claim in the connected ecosystem.

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