In this part of the 2020 Visionaries series, we look at media and spirituality in the next decade and beyond. Authors include: Cory Ondrejka, Andrew Keen, Roy Speckhardt, and Ayyā Gotamī. Compiled by the World Future Society during 2010
Recently, a colleague and I were discussing media and technology as being “social” or “not social”, and what this means in terms of private social networks, or PSNs, as an investment. I won’t go into the gory details of why we’ve been talking about this, other than to say that whatever determination we make ultimately boils down to understanding human behavior, and more importantly, emotion.
I’ve long maintained that phenomena like “social media” are behaviors, more so than channels or applications or types of media inventory, what have you. There are extrinsic factors at play like market movements, various forms of scarcity, supply and demand levers, etc. and there are intrinsic factors like human emotion that are rarely, if ever, discussed when it comes to making investments in these types of ventures. Concepts of haptic or emotional design have been around for a while, but to be clear, I’m alluding to something much more profound....
More than 100 delegates have attended two key Eurovision meetings about the future of radio. Multimedia Meets Radio took place in Turin, in September, and was followed by the Digital Radio Conference in October.
Here are five core lessons gleaned from both conferences.
1. Digital Radio has passed the tipping point
2. New formats are being created for new platforms
3. Binaural will soon deliver a personalized 5.1 experience.
4. We are not re-inventing radio, just future-proofing it
5. Programmes about social issues can be popular with youth audiences.
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” — Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address: Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love, and that is as true for work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
Mobility could be game-changer for African miners.
Africa currently has around 644 million mobile phone subscribers. For the vast majority of Africans, a mobile device will always be the primary way to access the Internet. Already, 70% of Egyptians, 57% of South Africans, 55% of Ghanaians 54% of Kenyans and 50% of Nigerians only access the Net via mobile devices.“Mobile communication plays a vital—and growing—role in African society and business. We’ve already seen some great mobile innovation aimed at individuals and small enterprises: the next wave will be when bigger businesses start to exploit the possibilities of mobile properly,” says Brendan Martin, CEO of Silverkeys Consulting, part of the Barnstone Group. “Mining is one of Africa’s most important sectors, and a number of factors make mobility an attractive add-on for Africa’s mines.”
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Hurricane Sandy makes the case for FM chips in ALL cell phones.
In 1961 the FCC proposed requiring all television sets be able to receive both VHF and UHF television signals. Up to that time, UHF stations were having an impossible time competing with VHF stations as virtually all TV sets made only could tune to VHF signals.
Congress passed a bill mandating that only all channel TV sets could sold in America and in 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed it. ... So mandating FM chips in cell phones would not be breaking new ground and as we are sadly learning in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, having them would enable millions of people access to important information about their storm affected area.
Hurricane Sandy has taken out 25% of the cell towers in 10 states according to the WSJ. And since those that are still working, maybe operating on a generator who's fuel will soon be running out, the situation could get worse.
It's time to TURN ON the FM chips that many of us already have in our cell phones and for a mandate to have all cell phones sold in America to have an activated FM chip in them.
In South Africa the total number of mobile phone connections show that the country has a 138% mobile penetration. When you look at the unique individual subscribers, only 66% of the population subscribe to mobile phones, yet in 5 years individual subscription will increase to 79%. How could you use the fast growth in mobile communication in SA as part of your media strategy?
MXit is Africa’s largest homegrown mobile social network. With over 50 million users, the South Africa-founded service not only allows its mostly young users to stay in touch by text chatting, it also facilitates live tutoring on maths homework. Dr Maths on MXit has helped 30,000 school-aged children work through maths problems by connecting them with maths tutors for live chat sessions. The service is effective for two reasons: it is cheap – the actual service is free but users pay a minimal data charge to their mobile providers – and it operates in the evenings, when learners need help with homework. For many children in South Africa, this is the most qualified tutor that they will have access to.
Of course, it is not possible to have a one size fits all approach. The mobile landscape in Africa is spread unevenly across 56 countries: in some places there is good infrastructure and access to mobile data, in others access is spotty and limited to basic services. To make a real impact mobile learning, initiatives must – and do in Africa – cater to the full range of technology contexts.
An example is Nokia Life, an information service with over 70 million subscribers in India, China, Indonesia and Nigeria. Popular information channels in Nigeria deliver preparation tips for middle and high school exams, health education aimed at families and English language learning. The service uses SMS, meaning it does not need mobile data coverage that is not as widely implemented in many places.
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