One of the signature trends of technology in the Internet age has been the reversal of technology adoption flows. In the past, the copy machine, the fax, the mobile phone (before smartphones), and the personal computer all started as work tools and then moved into the consumer realm. With the Internet, and with smartphones, that trend reversed. Unexpectedly, consumer tools such as chat, e-mail, and social networks were brought into the workplace — not by IT managers, but by employees looking to increase their productivity. This path had been greased by the demands of workers that they be able to use their own smartphones (and, to a lesser degree, laptops and tablets) to conduct work business such as making phone calls and sending e-mails. Continue reading
Classical physics invites us to measure matter and energy through observable human experience, analyzing the separate parts, and this is largely the way we explain science and technology today. Newtonian Mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics and the laws of special and general relativity form the toolbox of scientists practicing classical physics. This way of seeing things works well with physical objects ranging from the level of atoms, molecules and larger, but at the atomic level and below, these tools and laws become ineffective, failing to provide a correct description of life. Using these crude tools, we mistakenly believe that all observable objects are separate from each other. So we see competitors, colleagues, vendors, customers, media, unions, regulators and shareholders as separate entities and as separate from us. Continue reading
When I sat down earlier this year with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, at the company’s new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, California, he stressed the importance of thinking long-term about the business. Despite “the 90-day clock” of the investment community, he explained, Apple’s products are based on silicone, on chips, and so the company has to plan “three, four-plus years in advance”. Continue reading
In the near future, a young couple in a hospital clinic is going to be presented with a harrowing choice: they can choose to have their baby the normal way, as it always has been done – or they can pay extra to guarantee that their child will have extra intelligence, good looks, and live a life free of disease. Continue reading
Globally renown sociobiologist and futurist, Rebecca Costa, announced today that she has joined the Advisory Committee of the Lifeboat Foundation.
The Lifeboat Foundation is a consortium of leading scientists, experts and business leaders dedicated to helping humanity survive global catastrophic risks due to the potential misuse of technology. Other members serving on the Board and Advisory Committees include futurist and Google Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, and Nobel Laureates Daniel Kahneman, Eric S. Maskin, Richard J. Roberts and Wole Soyinka. In addition to traditional funding, The Lifeboat Foundation is the world’s first bitcoin endowment fund. Continue reading
Technology is changing, culture is shifting, and the amount of information is growing. Solution providers need to evaluate their position and how they can contribute to the new landscape.
The current pace of change is demanding more visibility, transparency and innovation from companies old and new. Making it through the gap between systems and approaches breaking down and new ones being created is the goal, said Nancy Giordano, CEO of Play Big, a company that helps forward-looking organizations transform, at The Channel Company’s NexGen 2018 Conference and Expo Monday. Continue reading