Clive Thompson, author of “Smarter than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better,” joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss how technology, including the Internet, is making us smarter, more productive, and more creative.
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“The smart-phone is only the beginning of a broader set of solutions that will enhance human communication beyond what we’re able to understand today. Filled with sensors and computing power, the smart-phone is an ideal jumpstation to become a smart agent that is capable of reasoning and capable of helping and assisting humans. Already we are not simply using a smart-phone, but a premature version of Jarvis or HAL9000. But if the smart-phone is only the start, where will it lead to? Let’s make a fast-forward and look at how communication will create change in 5 to 10 years and beyond. Filip is the Founder of the Antwerp based startup Argus Labs, known for building the Jini mobile app that uses sensor fusion and machine learning to transform your smart-phone into a smart-agent.”
“The first services that will be performed “automatically” will generally help with menial tasks — and significantly time consuming or time wasting tasks — such as time-bound events (calendaring) such as booking a car for its yearly service, creating a weekly to-do list, sending birthday greetings, or responding to mundane email messages. Gradually, as confidence in the outsourcing of more menial tasks to the smartphone increases, consumers are expected to become accustomed to allowing a greater array of apps and services to take control of other aspects of their lives – this will be the era of cognizant computing.”
Also read the article: “We’ll All Have a Personal Army of Specialized Smart Agents Soon“
The Silent Intelligence is a book about the Internet of Things phenomenon. In it we talk about the history, trends, technology ecosystem and the future of the Internet of Things, Connected Cities, Connected Homes, Connected Health and Connected Cars. We also discuss the most promising areas for entrepreneurs and venture investors. We share exciting stories and unique opinions of over 30 industry veterans, experts and visionaries from Google, Ericcson, AT&T, Qualcomm, Accenture, SAP, MIT, EcoLife Foundation and many others.
We called this book The Silent Intelligence because most of the activity and growth in the space has so far been happening outside of mainstream visibility. We hope that our book will help executives, entrepreneurs, investors and everybody else better understand the opportunities and challenges of the Internet of Things and will get them as excited about the upcoming possibilities as we are.
Jason Silva, futurist and performance philosopher, talks about how various intellectuals have described and predicted technological singularity.
Technology used to be a manageable phenomenon. Nowadays technology seems to be a self-organising organism that touches and changes everything. Organizations should not underestimate this power. Resistance is futile. They should rather embrace new technology. Which is extremely difficult because it affects the organization at the core of its existence. Businessguru Clay Shirky once said, “Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the problem”. The rapidly changing environment constantly requires new solution. However, organizations are not used to deal with accelerated change that is caused by all these new technologies.
According to Scott Brinker the above figure shows the management problem of the 21st century. Technology changes exponentially, while organizations absorb change logarithmically. Brinker calls this thinking Martec’s Law, a law named after the blog where he shares his ideas.
The exponential growth of technology is a direct derivative of Ray Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns. For the logarithmic growth that an organization experiences, Brinker unfortunately has no evidence. It is based on empirical research. People and organizations simply need time change their thinking. So there is a limit to the speed at which an organization can change.
As the exponential function is the inverse of the natural logarithm it becomes harder for an organization to transform at the same speed as technology changes as times passes by. The gap is getting bigger and bigger. At the end of the line it becomes even impossible.
As in the current era exponentially growing technology is a fact, then organizations need a structure and a corresponding culture where accelerated change is the new normal. It requires an environment, a strategy in which experimentation and pioneering is the most common thing to do in order to be able to innovate. And that touches an organization in its core. It’s digital Darwinism. It’s adapt or die!
Last week Ellen spent some time on the topic of wearable technology. Is this the beginning or the end of a trend?
Great presentation by Finnish futurist Teemu Arina. See also the presentation by Tim Cannon on our Executive Summit earlier this month.
By the way, did you know that Tim implanted a new device called the Circadia inside his arm. “Right now Circadia reads body temp in real time and uploads the info to your phone via bluetooth. Your phone can also talk to Circadia and make it light up under the skin.” Check out the video below.
This month IBM has published a new C-suite Study “The Customer-activated Enterprise“. The research is a result of analyzing conversations with 4,183 leaders in 70 countries. IBM spoke with a cross-section of C-suite executives in more than 20 industries: Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs).
The report reveals what senior executives are thinking about, at a high-level, in regard to technology, strategy, and the market. CEOs have come to recognize, more than ever, that disruptive technology poses the single biggest existential threat to the future of their businesses. Or, on the optimistic side of that coin, it promises tremendous opportunity for them to capture new ground.