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The top 12 tech trends of the next five years

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This piece was written by Patrick Stafford for Smartcompany. I selected it because it has great news for entrepreneurs, who will be further enabled by upcoming technological advances which free them from many of their current time constraints.


Intro:


"Technology has completely changed the way entrepreneurs live and work over the course of SmartCompany’s five years – and the revolution won’t stop soon.


**So where is technology going next? SmartCompany has assembled a team of experts to gaze into the crystal ball and find out what technology will look like in 2017.


****Happily, according to Google Australia engineering director Alan Noble, the technology future is a bright one for entrepreneurs".


This is what caught my attention:


****“There has never been a better time to start a company because you can outsource everything that’s non-core: your ad marketing, your design, your eCommerce,” Noble says.


**What you’re left to do is focus on that core value proposition.


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The State of Influencers Theory #Infographic

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By Leslie Bradshaw

 

From Moses’ clay tablets, to the Old Spice Guy, to Fred Wilson’s blog, influencers have been influencin’ since the dawn of time.

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Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just wake up one day and decide to create an Internet meme. Something doesn’t go viral until it has been thoroughly embraced and shared by the masses. And how does it get to that point? People who have unique insight and respect from their peers influence other people. And, therefore, play an important role in helping the content, meme, or idea along. The word that we use to describe these kinds of people is “influencer” (I also have friends and strategists who prefer “tastemaker” — but only the hip ones. Influencer is pretty industry standard).

 

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in The Tipping Point that, “A very small number of people are connected to everyone else in a few steps — the rest of us are linked to the world through those special few.” One of my favorite thinkers in the space and another DC powerhouse Geoff Livingston discusses Gladwell’s theory and several others in his book Welcome to the Fifth Estate — including an entire section on the “History of Influencer Theory” on the social web.

 

As with the Big Bang and the extinction of dinosaurs, there’s not just one theory about influencers, there are several. Livingston breaks it down like this:

 

To visualize how these theories all come together in the social web, Livingston partnered with JESS3 to create The State of Influencer Theory Infographic.

Here’s the result of our first brainstorming session:


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Finding Meaning Together on the Real-Time Web

This is an inspiring piece by Jeff Pulver, Founder of the #140 Conferences, angel investor, curator and so much more. I have had the good fortune of attending the #140 Conferences, meeting people in real life, hearing about miracles that occurred as a result of connecting through social networks.


Excerpt:


We are seeing what happens when you are living in a world where hundreds of millions of people can discover each other, and communicate directly; where barriers to entry and in fact gatekeepers slowly go away.


We are seeing what happens when people discover each other, discover that they can feel and connect, and can touch and engage.


We now have generations of people who realize that they are living in a world of 7 billion other people, and where for the first time in our human history every voice matters. There is profoundness in terms of where this brings us.


There is a virtualization even though we are in the physical. There is still something happening spiritually, that is touching, changing, and connecting many of us.


Some of us, unfortunately are kind of numb to it. They do not get it. They feel something but they do not know why they feel it.


There are other people who actually have this intense ability not only to feel, but sometimes affect positive change. So these technologies are helping us accelerate some things.


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Thought Leaders Discuss The Future of Curation & Social Media

Thought Leaders Discuss The Future of Curation & Social Media | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
We asked Mark Cuban, Dennis Crowley, Gina Bianchini, and more than a dozen others. Here's what they said.


This article by Dan Frommer and Jen Ortiz for Business Insider links to a slideshow with quotes from major Social Media company CEOs and co-founders, intellectuals and a Curated Twitter persona, among others about their takes on the future of Social Media. 


Here's just one of them, from Dae Mellencamp, CEO of Vimeo:


**** "The future of social media is the loss of the distinction between media and social interaction online. Mass media and social media will be seamlessly integrated across devices and platforms to offer relevant, dynamic, personalized experiences for people anywhere.


**Discoverability and the import of editorial curation will not be lost, but rather inherently incorporated into the environments for richer and more customized experiences."


The full article has many more gems and is well worth a few minutes of your time!


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The Question: What is the most interesting thing you came across today?

The Question: What is the most interesting thing you came across today? | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Great piece by Ross Dawson about Twitter, and how people can add something to what he refers to as the "global brain" which is a knowledge network that he says will become Twitter News Network.


Very interesting links to other discussions with Gerd Leonhard and the future of Twitter.


Twitter has moved from asking ‘what are you doing now?’ to ‘what’s happening?’, and now describes itself as an ‘information network‘.


**The Twitter News Network is a manifestation of the global brain, in which we create value for others by contributing to the visibility and availability of high-value information.


While many contribute nothing of value to Twitter,


****many extraordinarily talented and interesting contributors are doing what they can to add value to others. It is a choice we make, by how we engage in our social networks.


****If we consider what we can best contrbute to global consciousness, it is very likely the most interesting things we come across.


**The most intriguing, through-provoking, stimulating ideas, whether they be in the form of an article, a video, a conversation, or anything else from the vastness of media and ideas we encounter each day.


**If everyone just shared the single most interesting thing they came across each day, we would all be so much better off.


****This tiny effort would add value to everyone. We could all ask ourselves: What is the most interesting thing I saw today?, and share it, since it would very likely be of interest to many others.


http://rossdawsonblog.com/weblog/archives/2011/10/the-question-what-is-the-most-interesting-thing-you-came-across-today.html

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Cities Are Immortal; Companies Die

Fascinating post by John Hagel from Silicon Valley @jhagel! Great insights, food for thought...........

 

Here's an excerpt:

 

All companies die. All cities are nearly immortal.

Both are type of networks, with different destinies. There are two basic network forms: organisms or ecosystems. Companies are like organisms, while cities are like ecosystems.

 

All organisms (and companies) have share many universal laws of growth. Creatures age in the same way, whether they are small animals, large mammals, starfish, bacteria, and even cells. They share similar metabolic rates. Similar distributions. All ecosystems (and cities) also share universal laws. They evolve and scale in a similar fashion among themselves — whether they are forests, meadows, coral reefs, or grasslands, or villages.

 

Geoff West from the Santa Fe Institute has piles of data to prove these universal and predictive laws of life. For instance, organisms scale in a 3/4 law. For every doubling in size, they increase in other factors by less than one, or .75. The bigger the organism, the slower it goes. Both elephants and mice have the same number of heartbeats per lifespan, but he elephant beats slower.

 

Ecosystems and cities, on the other hand, scale by greater than one, or 1.15. Every year cities increase in wealth, crime, traffic, patents, pollution, disease, infrastructure, and per capita by 15%. The bigger the city, the faster it goes.

A less than one rate of exponential growth inevitably leads to an s-curve of stagnation. All organisms and companies eventually stagnate and die. A greater than one rate of exponential leads to a hockey stick upshot of seemingly unlimited growth. All cities keep growing. As West remarked: We can drop an atom bomb on a city and 30 years later it will be thriving.

 

http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/07/cities_are_immo.php

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Why the Future of Your Brand Will Be Crowdsourced

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This piece is written by Simon Mainwaring on his blog, I selected it because I loved reading his book We First and he is truly an inspiration to me and many others. Today is his birthday and the world is definitely a better place because he's in it! Happy Birthday Simon!!


Intro:


In this article, Simon talks about the power of crowdsourcing through social media. and uses the example of how it has been demonstrated through the power of citizen activism during the economic collapse and bankruptcy in Iceland when 950 people were randomly selected to spend a day discussing a new constitution.


Their meetings were open to the public streamed live on its Facebook page. They also had a Twitter and Youtube account where they interacted with the public and created a constitution written by the people for the people.


Here's what caught my attention:


**What’s important to keep in mind when we think about the future is that social media enables all parties to have a platform. 


**We can use it as a tool to unify our voices as thoughtful, compassionate beings seeking to build a better world for all humankind.


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Pros and cons of the 'Digital Sabbath'

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In this thought provoking article by Jason Farman for The Atlantic, we are asked: "Who says that we cannot form deep connections to places and people with our phones in our hands?"

 

The article is clearly written to mainly support the anti-Digital Sabbath arguement, and I am not necessarily in full agreement.  But the case is spelled out in a very compelling manner, invoking, among others, Plato, who believed that writing would cause people to disconnect us from the people and places in our lives.

 

Indeed, the same was said about telephones (they would stop people from visiting their families) and TV (which would harm family interaction).  The former is given as an example in the article, I trust as an example of how wrong the doom and gloom merchants have been about how every advance would adversely affect our lives. 

 

I actually think that there was some validity to these arguments and the oldest people who any of us know would support the original theories to differing degrees.

 

Where I find the anti-digital Sabbath arguments put forth here to be particularly interesting, are when the author invokes the power of digital storytelling, and how projects such as [murmur] or Broadcastr, can actually give us a deeper connection to a place than we have ever had.

 

Farman is certainly understanding of those who feel that they need to ditch their devices for a day (or two) each week in order to reconnect with their families and perhaps other aspects of their lives that have suffered due to digital, technology and information overload.  Ultimately though, he simply asks that everyone see the positive impact mobile media has had on our lives.

 

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Networked Society 'On the Brink' - Emerging Opportunities Enabled by Technology [Video]

On The Brink is a discussion the past, present and future of connectivity with a mix of people including David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK; Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr; and Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder of Soundcloud.


**Each of the interviewees discusses the emerging opportunities being enabled by technology as we enter the Networked Society.


**Concepts such as borderless opportunities and creativity, new open business models, and today's 'dumb society' are brought up and discussed.


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Click here to see the video: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7cuatm_bqw&feature=youtu.be]

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janlgordon's comment, November 7, 2011 2:41 PM
Hi Oliver, Pretty amazing stuff right? It really gets one thinking about at all the possibilities, innovation and things that haven't even been created yet. Exciting times to say the least:-)
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Can Technology Help You Deal with Uncertainty?

Can Technology Help You Deal with Uncertainty? | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Great article with thought provoking observations, good suggestions and even a graphic to highlight her ideas that speaks for itself. by Conversationagent,


Intro:


"This is a slightly different question I asked a couple of years back. Invest in better promises There are many ways to deal with uncertainty."


Here's are a few thing that caught my attention:


Today, we put the term "social" in front of media, marketing, networks and bolt features on. Social media is the modern version of the telephone.


****Social media is not the conversation.


****It's not the answer to all your prayers.


****If you're at the point of praying, then the business model is the one needing help.


****It's the room in which you hold the conversation. It still comes down to saying, doing, or producing something valuable for your customer.


It's early days. Many a platform being built could be the predecessor of something else much more useful in the future.


****Right now, people don't converse, they comment. Big difference. Technologies have evolved greatly.


We're still catching up. - yes we are



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Defining the Big Shift

Defining the Big Shift | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

John Hagel from Edge Perspectives has written a thought provoking and insightful post about the shift in our culture and its impact on business.


Here's an excerpt>


Given the growing uncertainty in the world around us, we must master a new set of techniques required to access, attract and accumulate resources to unleash peer based learning in far more flexible ways than conventional push programs permit.


But perhaps this is too high level.


It may help to develop this perspective just a bit more in the context of “from-to” contrasts. About one month after the release of our Shift Index report, one question that keeps coming up is whether we can offer a succinctly define what the Big Shift is that our Shift Index seeks to measure. Given the magnitude,...


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4 Trends Shaping the Emerging “Superfluid” Economy « emergent by design

4 Trends Shaping the Emerging “Superfluid” Economy « emergent by design | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it
Thought provoking, food for thought in an ongoing discussion. Stay informed, join the conversation.
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