Angela Dunn gives tips for healthcare innovators to find inspiration from other industries and interviews Ángel González of Ideagoras.
Why is Apple looking to the fashion industry for inspiration? Some speculate this may be because of Apple’s interest in wearable technology. Wearable sales are expected to reach $19 billion by 2018. How can you find inspiration from other industries? My new post and interview with healthcare innovator Ángel González of Ideagoras.
Where social, mobile, big data and the Internet of Things come together will shape the future. I think the Quantified Self movement is where all these trends converge, and I believe the future will be quantified.
As personal analytics develops, it’s going to give us a whole new dimension to experiencing our lives...
Harvard researcher and famed biologist E.O. Wilson thinks humanity is on the cusp of a new golden age in scientific discovery. Current trends in science and technology predict the doubling of progress every 15 years.
"So swift is the velocity of the technoscientific revolution," said Wilson, "so startling in its twists and turns, that no one can predict its outcome, even a decade from its present moment."
• The thirst for knowledge is in our genes. Breadth is as important as depth.
• Observe from a distance, but do not join the fray.
• Find an interesting question to solve.
• What is crucial is not technical ability, but it is imagination.
• Find the subject at your level of competence that interests you deeply and focus on that.
"It is far easier for scientists, including medical researchers, to acquire the needed collaboration in mathematics and statistics than it is for mathematicians and statisticians to find scientists able to make use of their equations."
Why is the future of finance? The financial sector is practically as old as humanity itself. Currency and value are intrinsically connected to modern society, and historical attempts to undo this tie have failed. While the sector is frequently mired in crises, it has shown surprising resilience from being displaced by other paradigms. Rapid advances and dissemination of emerging technology, however, promises to upend many characteristics we take for granted.
This visualization attempts to gauge the technological readiness of the financial industry as a whole. While looking at trends that are likely to influence the very notion of value in the coming decades, we try to establish a baseline of whether organizations are paying enough attention to the imminent changes that will define the future of society or if they are running the risk of lettingaccelerating change vanquish existing business models.
Michell Zappa speaks on the topic of emerging technologies through the lens of futurecasting trends and developments. Here’s his full 40-minute talk from Campus Party in Berlin (30 minutes speaking + 10 minutes of questions from the audience).
"I go over a couple of technological imperatives, as well as describe three plausible sci-fi scaffolds, related to photography, surveillance and mobile."
"Foresight is a thinking capacity. It starts by thinking about what is happening today, looking for trends, drivers of change, wildcards and seeking patterns of change that are relevant to your organisation. You are attempting to answer the questions – what is changing and why does it matter?
From the blog of Luke Wroblewski @LukeW "In his Beyond Mobile presentation at TL;DR Conference in San Francisco CA , Scott Jenson @scottjenson made the case for moving beyond mobile applications and illustrated what a future without apps could be.
"On the Internet, we’ve reached a tipping point where more than 50% of all Internet traffic is no longer generated by humans – instead, it's generated by a motley mix of search engine spiders, bots, scrapers, scammers, hackers and, yes, spies.
As mobile devices become even more ubiquitous, this trend toward the creation of a vast Bot Net will only accelerate."
Bush imagines a more colorful future and dynamic new form factors. Putting anything on your body is an expression of who you are, and how you feel. Glasses started out as a purely medical device, but are now a style object – even for those who don’t need them. "We wear objects as adornment, to feel good," says Bush. Why not look at a neck brace or a walking stick in the same way?
"Permamarks addresses a need overlooked by most content curation tools available today. ... Ideally, I'd see the curator referring to the original content with a parallel copy being saved and archived for future reference.
More and more interactive products are being returned. In 2002, 48% of all returned products were technically fully functional but were rejected for failing to satisfy user needs (28%) or purely due to users’ remorse (20%).
User experiences are subjective and dynamic, but by and large, interactive products are not designed to take people’s changing capacity and experience into account. But they could. Here, I present a model for how designers can use the fundamentals of video games and the psychological principles of flow to design enhanced user experiences...."
Marc Andreessen on the age of context, er, the future of the tech industry..."
The long term trends indentified ... liquified markets, "soft" material manufacturing, erosion of privacy ... and discussion re the value of networks for VC investing vs the future role of data intelligence ... What if sensors from the Internet of Things could predict the next "band" sensation by tracking the emotional reaction of small venue concert-goers from all available perfomances in the world? What is the long term prediction for the value of human insight? Will the reputation economy spike, and then shift?
How Google learned to un-fragment itself and create the next big thing...
For decades, visions of the future have played with the magical possibilities of computers: they'll know where you are, what you want, and can access all the world's information with a simple voice prompt. That vision hasn't come to pass, yet, but features like Apple's Siri and Google Now offer a keyhole peek into a near future reality where your phone is more "Personal Assistant" than "Bar bet settler." The difference is that the former actually understands what you need while the latter is a blunt search instrument.
Google Now is one more baby step in that direction. Introduced this past June with Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean," it's designed to ambiently give you information you might need before you ask for it.
The above Prezi, "Innovators are Conversation Architects," is from my presentations on Twitter and curation in 2010 both at Realtime in New York and the IDEAGORAS conference for Healthcare Social Media in Madrid.
I saw that "curating" content around strategic hashtags could also become a powerful means of community-building and branding. I thought about the power an individual could have for innovation, and the many opportunities conversation architects could create with global hashtag conversations.
"What is the Future for Twitter Chats and the Hashtag Conversation?" Join #ideachat, Saturday, May 12th at 9 am ET.
"When I wrote that the only knowledge that can be managed is our own, I wanted to highlight that command & control methods do not work well in this network era that is replacing the industrial/information era. In our increasingly complex work environments, we should should take the advice of Snowden & Kurtz who recommend “loose hierarchies & strong networks” as shown in this image by Verna Allee."
You know how our social graphs are creeping into every aspect of our web lives, from search results to coupons? Well, get ready for something a lot more personal, a lot more targeted and, perhaps, a lot more creepy.