The fact that I have the opportunity of reviewing Cloud Surfing before its launch sitting halfway across the world in India, hints at Tom’s having already made a round trip to the future. Everything in the future is about connections — Machine-Machine + People-Machine + People-People — that will reach from 5 billion today to a staggering 100 billion in 2020. This is likened to the number of neurons in the human brain. Whether or not this means that the world will become intelligent, one thing is certain — our past cannot inform the future of work, life and play.
Tom is a natural at storytelling and you run into pleasant sprinklings of anecdotes that stay with you throughout the book. Each chapter of Cloud Surfing is a revelation; the more I read the more curious I became. Parts of it are science fiction at its best, only it may not turn out to be fiction.
The continuing financial Tsunami has ceased to make waves. We ought to have seen it coming but were too scared to open our eyes. Like we’ve done in the past – all we’ve ever learnt to do is to solve problems based on ‘fitting historical patterns’ – we believe that we’re at the bottom of the economic downturn and things will look up from here on. Anybody noticed that the slide has been going on since September 11, 2001? And we’re satisfied waiting. The time for innovation is here and is urging us to do something – differently.
Talk to technology and business people and they will tell you that innovation is a tool. Therefore researching a need and then developing a solution to address it is called innovation. Then why call it innovation, why not keep calling it R&D? Are we simply using the word because it sounds nicer? Continue reading “Innovation, Now!”
Although it is Amercia-centric, I love this post on Tom Koulopoulos’s blog. His call for change is a fitting start to 2009. Let’s stop looking through the keyhole when the whole door is made of glass. Opportunities galore for the brave.
A new year is traditionally a time to look forward. A time of renewal. A clean slate to start fresh, make promises to ourselves about how we will do better and shed bad habits that hold us back. We welcome the New Year with the anticipation of a milestone achieved.
What are you waiting for?
Are you wating for an end to the war? This war has no end. We can pull out of Iraq, Afganistan and every other global conflict. But that does not stop terrorism, elsewhere or at home. Terorism has no end in a world as fluid, interconnected and interdependent as ours.
Are you waiting for Detroit to re-invent itself? In the words of Peter Drucker, “There is no more difficult task than to keep a corpse from rotting.”
Are you waiting for the stock market, home prices, and jobs, to bounce back? They will, while you sit back and drain your savings, 401K and 529s.
Getting the message? Stop waiting. There is no single event nor any combination of events that will mark the end of this era, at least none that are worth waiting for.