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Only 20 years from now, WWW was a bulk disruption on how we live, consume, search, think and act. As cycles gear up, it may be the deepest change since…the birth of printing, the “renaissance” era, or more recently, industrialisation. The Internet has created new values, new debates, new democracies, new wealth, new scarcities, new information sharing and above all, a kind of new economy. And the story could stop, steadily hold a strange balance between users and infrastructures/sites builders. In fact, the sleepiness effect of this large revolution shows us, in a short term, the worst faces of Schumpeter’s doom of innovation. The best disruption effects mean to cut off any kind of intermediation, throwing away millions of jobs, and by the way, millions of lives. If WWW brings us, technology speaking, the best of information, education and equality in the world, that efficient technology erases more than it helps us, in the short term. Do many tasks for free, sharp and straight, instead on holding man assistance.
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You probably mean that machines and technology need more and more jobs to build them. True, but probably not the same profiles than the ones fired in this giganteous turnaround. Training and recovering another job? Too old, not flexible, not relevant could you be answered.

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But over all, if we stare at the revenue sharing of that economy, we could see a scarce race of “winner take it all” actors, who share their revenue with stocks’ holder more than with you. Nothing else to take a look at GAFAM’s world to see the market cap is perfectly valued with the network and the content. Me. You. Everybody who posts something, someday. The whole value of these networks is nothing else than content, freely and daily published by you an me. Former days were journalists, photographers, editors, producers, distributors, who, in their way, were doing their part of the job, truly paied for that. Now that content is free, posted, twitted, re-twitted in seconds all around the world, who pays for that? Brands. But revenues never come to your pocket, but in the digital oligarchy’s one. Charming period where some “jobs” or tasks always exist, but now are unpaid. The Free economy is obviously interesting as a citizen or a consumer, but we are also employees or economic agent, driven to work to live. And that “freeness” may be our death idol. Is Internet really the answer?

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It’s no doubt that the global balance between creation and destruction is far worst than we think. And there’s still no real “huge implementation” of #AI yet…Let’s figure out when many boring tasks will be realized by bots, coding minds, automatic processes like drive, care, produce, publish, deliver…Build bots? But when bots will build bots, what’s next?

This disruption fever may drive us to schizophrenic behavior, with a global rejection of progress, protecting us from…disablation. Switch on, swith off. Someday a robot will push the button for us, to unplug us. Bye. It’s no sense leading to such issue, wasting the best of technology for humankind economic survival. We’ll be “un-revealed”, in an “un” society: unstores, unusual, unhierarchic and holacratic world. Where winner-take-it-all pleases themselve, inventing a mirror world where fashion leads to an “un-anything”. This status is now so true than ever. Value is in the “un-face” of things to unfold deepest desires and hold privacy, scarcity and exclusive vision on things (and people). They know how to cope with it, and we pay it by our blindness and trustiness.

If GAFAM make a lot of money on contents they never create, why don’t they pay the real price for this new kind of (free) suppliers that are friends, members and so long? They push more free tools than ever, to slave us, collect data and make money wherever but our side. That’s the game it seems, hard game, sometimes and in the end, mortal one. Not funny in fact, and the worst is that few have this global awareness of it. We, as human give a lot of energy to dig our own economic grave.

Is it a whole sustainable situation, till when?

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“Objects now become kind of chatterbox and the world shifts as an huge connected information system”

Yes we must now consider objects as a real part of social movement, even if social genuinely means « interaction between two human beings », they can enter the game of socialization…How far, when, for which uses/features? Future will tell…

2020: 20 Billions of connected objets; which ones, which services behind and for which uses? What might we face in organizations, skills, value chains and industries?

« We don’t GO on the WWW, we are IN the WWW » (J. de Rosnay, 2008). In this case we can’t ignore the new environment in which we’re living, wired, connected, localized, targeted…? What is our trigger of rejection or how far will we go, in including this obsessing world, that is up to us more and more.

That is to say with many questions to push ourselves in another world, framed with robots, domotics, and domestic suppliance, increasing interrogations about the destiny, goals and playing field. While complete digital revolution leads to many disasters in balanced industries, destroying employment in short term, what could bring more automation of flows, relations and process?

For the opportunistic point of view, it’s far from now, several huge enhancements to come, in a larger scale for domestic, economic and social matters. When coming to mass market, leading the wheel can be an astonishing venture in sectors like:

  • Tracing products, animals, reducing sanity risks and increasing the visibility on nurturing, growing in real time
  • Improvements on supply chains and « just in time », reducing stock wastes and better control
  • Equipment for handicapped people or old people, to enhance daily life with smart objects or function, and for health monitoring with things like flesh sensors (EES2) or with connected wifi body scale from Withings
  • Production improvement with robots like farming robots
  • Monitor, schedule and show the mass of available energies for a town, area or more, increasing the action on it and on the way we consume it: something making possible ups and downs and informing people when and how to use it (see an example with dontflushme)
  • Connected cities with huge projects involving simple objects with new roles and useful faces like intelligent pavements in Toulouse, France that supplies energy when you walk on them or ”Simplicity” project from Keiichi Matsuda (Domesti/City) and LivingPanIT, future tools for bright cities. Check also Songdo City in South Korea, aimed to welcome more than 75.000 citizens in 2014
  • Lifestyle environment: domestics, visual and personal comfort, intelligent paper with paperzoom, or fridges ordering themselves what’s relevant for the household’s needs, relating to stock or food desires. Taking in count the necessary monitoring of your weight, mood or health state
  • Self-domestic with « things » like green plants, furniture, design…), the silent communication (“utility” for house domestics, alone…)

While we see lots of interesting opportunities, we may consider the downsides and potential dangers that come with digital era, and could explode with the complete participation of connected objects, like :

  • Hacking: with the economic exploitation for the silent information war: stocks, financial system, gold and raw materials, everything that could trick valuation but also nuclear and military settlements connected in some ways could be hackable…
  • What about electronic polls and the ability to cheat and trick democracy?
  • Tomorrow, school and exam results may be built by machines, increasing the ability to exploit a fault in the whole chain and leading to discredit of levels and graduations?
  • How far build and trust open data: do we fight to show anything we can (see Pachube), a whole community lead site with usermoderation and the degree of trust that is questioned so far?
  • Automatic terminals that guide, manage and secure aerial traffic, train regulation and so long: who can we trust, relating to security matters?
  • Telco system with parallel ways (social networks) with lots of information publicly available everywhere, because no one can verify the sense, truth capital and relevance?

Very hard times in trying to imagine the different faces and practical aspects of this new behavior, allowing objects to be linked and part of the global conversation. From now, protocols have already shifted to new (with for example ipv6), to welcome and hold the huge growth of connections, increased by the participation of these smart objects…But as any physical people, we can see “reputation” and need of protection of digital identity. Some solutions like myID.is or myid.com will probably grow to guarantee the trustiness and truthfulness of exchanges and conversations. That means the identification must be on the object level and not necessary on the object’s owner level, who can change

We all already know that mobile devices and mobile behavior will be the dominant platform for datas, communication and entertainment tomorrow, then mobile web and connected objects will stand as  beacons of business in this incredible story.

There’s probably something attractive with everything seeming to be linked and connected. Just like losing our innocence, our ability to “think” and hold a sheer relation. When it’s about progress, one can be ready for anything to rock the boat…But how far? We’re still in the growth for “just” only fighting poverty and analphabetism and increasing digital uses may lead to writing mistakes and in the end, complete lack of knowledge about it! What about grammar, syntax, style effects that create a conversation and build a codified exchange between humans?

We so have to consider all these opportunities, integrating them into a whole ecosystem before they take control of us…Give rules, a place for everyone and everything, including interactive roles in our lives and dream about new “social networks for objects.” And then, pray that objects will invite us in their circle, where they will exchange datas, signals…conversations? A binary world from 0 to 1…

But who will be responsible for these shared contents or actions lead by the connected objects? Which legal matters: The owner? The user? The network?

In fact a subject not really new, that takes some time to land off but whose applications will help in many sectors with strong uses like breaking the digital rupture, domestics compliance and lots of local and practical innovations. Then « objects went social » could have been a HG Wells book. Shall we say « social » talking about objects when described as « media which enable interactivity between two or more humans »?

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We live in a connected world, for sure. Even those who don’t want, won’t escape to changes, they feel, live or suffer. When, how, which ways? Where from, why? New generations can explain because they live in and are confronted to old school and traditional rules, they even sometimes, can’t understand. Codes, habits, rules…How imagine the world in such situations and understand the wealthy mix we can draw benefits from and hold the main direction to sustain the daily life?

I was thinking of writing in last centuries: from stones, to paper, wrting styles and ink, and printers…then digital writing and contents…Such situation meant slow shifts (as we stare technology revolutions go faster and faster), but we will be confronted in a future, where nobody will write anymore, one day…because of the huge invasion of digital supports, we won’t be using pens, stencils and so on, anymore…And at school, nobody will learn writing anymore, because “use” would have disappeared? It’s part of something that hurts me in fact…Living without knowing any letter or figure to write, because keypads or vocal systems would replace them…?

Weird, but not really far from reality…

I started a whole reflection with connectivity effects on “business”…with :

1) the ways it does…:

  • Competition insights, sourcing innovation, ideas or best practices?
  • The Impacts on collaboration and collaborative circles?
  • The way the world is connected and then, how to use marketplaces to reduce time, effort and delay on sourcing information?
  • Sourcing/buying 2.0?
  • Producing with benefits of connected technologies: reducing wastes, errors and returns, thriving simulations
  • Delivering: accuracy, reliance and relevance of supply chain
  • Launching and buzzing: hot to get the word before start…
  • Sales: virtual efficiency, mixed models of distribution (stores and e-business, m-business, social shopping and recommendation…

2) the effects on resources:

  • How to manage resources (people, time, schedules and machines) in a connected world?
  • HR implementation with social networks (pro and personal platforms, dealing with synergies)?
  • New opportunities on live work: always connected, live, home…

3) the outputs/outcomes driven:

  • Loyalty, but reactivity and sensibility: CRM, SRM, CEM…concepts that drive customers motivations and feedback
  • Communities, branding, e-reputation: how to solve the equation of truth and trust?
  • Marketing rules and new ways of improvement: who is the product manager, now?
  • Effects on life cycle of products, brands and relation: shortening delay without throwing the essential

I hope some bright ideas will surge and converge to identify a simple plan and path, to drive new business and companies, in this ocean of opportunities. As we accept opportunities more than threats and open our minds to change the cards and adapt enough our perception and abilities to do so…

First step to come, stay tuned for “the way it does”

 

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It reminds me the pleasure when I read this famous book about “art of war”, according to Chinese philosophy, from Sun Tzu. This masterpiece became as famous as strategic gentles like Porter, Christensen, Chan/Mauborgne and so long, in the art of NOT making war in any case. I as thinking about some quotes and some parts remind me, as I’m surfing along, in the digital cage.

Yes like Tzu said, we have to spend some time to discover and share anything, on social networks, while there is any trust, in the fact that we often know our “friends”, only in virtual life. I know now, virtual life online is supplying more and more details about “friends” (sometimes too much I guess…), and I can think, there is still privacy.

I selected some quotes, that, in my opinion, show some unrevealed faces of social web.

  • “no war can be won in a static behavior”: whatever the position and your investment in the furious waves for web, with agreement or consciousless, you have to express yourself, give an idea of your digital welfare. Yin or Yang, but something. Move, but not too fast or too slow…
  • “war is a skill: no engage without all the reflexion that it needs”: guess everybody wants to make some noise, lot of noise, and make lots of friends on web (and/or life). But what for? give an idea of which goal you score, what aim you follow will make you more accurate and relevant in your expressions and sharing.
  • “…army will be close and team builded, happy for one goal…”: social networks and communities, can give opinion and pressure to lots of modern topics, peacefully of course…aimed in the same direction.
  • “bulk forget about death”: let’s see beyond first sight, to get the essence…death could mean “meaningless, excluded, apart” ; while networking and blogging, nobody cares about being apart, when rules and rites are clearly respected. Nobody wants to exclude no one.
  • “the general must create situations that lead to achievement”: when one launch a discussion or debate, that leads to result and building a collective enhancement.
  • “the masters in art of war, will lead without fight…and win”: know how lead a debate, without any opposition, leveraging each collaboration and answering to words sharing, that means wise behavior.
  • “know enemy and know you too”: guides you to a strong vision in your strengths and weaknesses, works for debate, identify your abilities and know how to withdraw.
  • “what depends on me, I can do it”: answer, send congratulations, thank people…all kind of shapes of participating and animation of debates and communities.
  • “respect laws (lords of war do)”: there are some behavior laws and rules to know. Listen, Stare and Engage. Not too fast…
  • “in art of war, there is no fixed rules. They can change, adapting to context…”: be flexible, but be kind and drive the discussion. No obvious idea, no prejudgment, feel free to be brought wherever you’ve maybe never been. It’s a principle of “bring and pick”, the essence of conversation.
  • “so, we just need few force to make lots of result ; like a rolling stone in a steep slope”: social media is viral, and there so much leverage in using it carefully.

I was really happy to read and consult this book of good sense and harmony quest, by the old gestures of wisdom. Guess, if you’re patient enough, there’s a lot of wisdom to care and get in socializing web and media. That’s why we need each other to complete our facing challenges and interrogations. Gear up collaboration, collaborative rooms and friendness, and let’s use the web as it is: a big disruptive tool reducing the fence, recovering harmony in relations.

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I could stay hours facing the sea, shores, come and go movement of waves, like and endless cure, vision of what is, was and will. A genuine force of nature, that can bring us new things : ressources, ideas, vision ; making up our mind, throwing away bad thoughts, changing what we always consider as foundings. The advantage of being “intelligence-oriented”, brain built, taking the lead on our animal instincts. The advantage of making the web real and alive.

Years ago, I stared vibrations as a mathematic concept, analyzing waves, circles and theories, between, causes, effects, between forces and energies. I was surprised and full of doubt (considering specially chaos theory, where nothing can be planned, in a kind of organisation…a strange kind we say), stepping from circles, formulas and graphs to vibrations and waves.

I was not be able yet to make some link effects, or reliable cause, with human vibrations and social networks no the web. But this time, I’m sure there is something around, that guide us in our social web relations, in the shape, style or result, but invisible in the way we use it: I can call it, intuition; feelings.

This can lead us to vibrate in the same frequency, appreciate the same things, sharing the same projects, lifes of whatever. I would call it: the flow

But in the contrary, we are rich of differences, we can vibrate in contrary movements, frequencies, making the common building in stability. I would call it: the ebb tide

And what about social media ?
Yes, you probably found out what I liked to draw, exploring these aims. Get your kicks, on the road – not 66 this time 😉 -, but on the tracks to social publishing. And see what became of these natural features: spreading your knowledge, publish, post, give water and feed to whole world. This is the first movement of endless dance, the flow…Then, get your ears and eyes wide opened, and prepare to read, stare, listen…aware to accurate comments, advises and starting to vibre at the same frequency. You brought something to common buildings, you added a stone, gave the tune. Well, you saw the ebb in function…
Flow doesn’t work without ebb: flow gives you the necessary kick to move, to think, to act, probably some ideas, and…friends ? And ebb can withdraw the black face, mistakes, and give you a new shap, a new state of mind, by getting the best from others. A fountain of new youthful, an endless chance of learning anything, from anybody; what can be more interesting, more hopeful than this ?

Now there are times for sustainable visions, in economics, ecology and social awareness ; but there are still miles from social media wealth to be understood in corporations, like a real new leverage way, to several conquests: motivation, promotion, innovation and brand new power revival, that’s the way to go, to recreate the next turning wheel, that can lead bulk to reborn: new fields of consumering, sharing, and partnership. The weapon is no longer dangerous but powerful, provided by people good sense, there’s nothing to do but listen how the wind blows, and last (but not least) reference, how the tide can provide it.

Vibrations, waves and relation make the world goes round. A kind of new energy we can’t waste – regarding classical energies vanishing more and more, or going more expensive -, a new kind of green, free, friendship energy. The next graal conquest ?

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In 1989, I was aware about the last issue of Sting’s art, because he had for a long time haunted my days and nights, when he was the leading icon of the Police, my favourite band for years. Several times, I saw myself playing with him, in an invisible scene, maybe in some kind of twilight zone…

For his first solo LP, he succeed to join with several tough guys of Jazz, who didn’t need any time to be presented, by the fact that they all were stars in theirs own art. It was a real impression of breaking all he built, and having some courage to start again, as probably the junior, in the middle of such stars. It was what he called “the blue turtles”, which gave him trouble with his secret garden, and made it possible. In this LP, all songs were obviously great (according to my own opinion, I agree…), and there was one which was called “love is the seventh wave”. A former tribute to love, obviously…

Waves are such amazing things ; electronic waves, yes indeed, but sea waves  more so. And there is a legend in the surfing fields, which is all about that the seventh wave is always the strongest…pushing our limits and giving new kind of hope. Prisoners who would have in history, to escape from an island and use the sea, know it. They sometimes have to wait the seventh wave to push them out of the limits of wave return, making them step beyond. 

Maybe web2.0 and all environment surrounding is similar ; before we had a magnificent tool, but only tool, professional one, with search, mining information and digging the truth, email exchanges and so long. But nothing to be really such foolish about and many people have at this time, stare away their attention elsewhere, finding nothing else than sometimes, boring situations.

Then web2.0, a generic name for tech and social environment, entered the dance, as a kick in our uses, as if an invisible wave, more powerful, more clever, more lighted stuff, to bring us new strength and rearing the limits. People just had to live with, learn, and look around, to see others, in a Darwin reflex, adapt itself to new uses and states. First surprised, then breathless. Maybe this wave was unbelievable, maybe there was no captain to see it explode. Anyway, it’s there, part of new digital lives, digital uses. And brings us new digital power, we can’t see limits yet (and that’s better so…). See how it evolves each day, on such collaborative work and open source effects, see the extraordinary power and how it spreads its wings on people doom. Nothing will ever be the same, by the fact that we can’t remember how it was before, blinded by progress sparkles.

This wave became these waves. Managed by several accidents of fortune and destiny, opportunities for speaks, talks and wuthering winds, brought by different aknowledgements, it became a daily sport, without any effort, a kind of social behavior, meeting opportunities, crossroads for opinions and affordable links. Two ways, interactive, exploding the limits, in a new big bang, digital revolution, multiorigin breakdown, giving devices and power from fewer people to powerful corps. No ones remembers how it was, and even if so,  found it so far from nowadays skills. Like sea world isn’t it ? Don’t you feel the power of the seventh digital wave, web 2.0 one ? This one, which bring us far, far from any kind of possible return…

Maybe next generations will live in oceans (don’t forget our desperate doom with mother nature and the warmer situation which drives ice to vanish…), but maybe there will be an aim too : find sea waves and merge them with electronic ones, in a same trance, a social vibration…

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It’s written in the books : we won’t be alone anymore because of “social networking”. Well…Such a great promise, such a temptation, why will we have to wait so long for ?We, at the prices of so much times on the web, searching and tracking new people, we call “friends”, without even know anything about, just like new hunting prices, new mesure of power.

Next NYSE, will it ever be the petrol price or gold, but the number of friends. Interesting, speculation about people that we don’t ever know.
It’s just like, human being was unable to communicate, unable to create warm and value, with true relations. Like if we, in the contrary, have fear of the “other”, of real relationship, just like single households, with young people who doesn’t want to marry anymore.
And we create false evaluation, false “friends”…”Well it’s good to have Mrs or Mr in my relation”, “oh God, you don’t know Mr…?”, so long, so nuts.

What about the true way of life ? What about comparing, debate about social minds, political and technical opinions, what about just “touch” its double, its neighbour.
I see famous hunters, without firing any ball, with their “hunt board” : “good day, I had xx more targets today…” ; and what for ? to make any career opportunity more ? to never post and pay attention to these “targets” ?
They really haven’t any consideration of social behavior…And the worst thing, is someone can do like, for years before being unmasked…

Let’s considering the topic on other side : the chance of being connected without travelling, with the entire world. Great chance, that lots of people even today don’t have. Think about third world, and their far away distance from this…
And let’s really appreciate each day, how we can do it : connecting people, to reduce unequalities, digital fence, and share ideas, feelings, know-hows. The high speed education, information with respect of anykind of opinion and so far.
A Marketplace, democracy of good sense, where everyone listen each other, and share without force anyone out of reason.

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Technology grows fast. Faster than the consequences (so good, so bad) involved into ; only human can think about that and control the machine. We, always decide, the result of our acts.
It’s a question of being aware of this state, before acting. An important question, maybe THE question of survivance of technology race, to serve people.
Create value for the people, not to be slave of fashion stuffs, which will never give anything to eat to hungry people. Which will never help anyone.
Everybody has a secret to deliver to other. It’s when we are aware of our chance, and how we can influence or help anybody else, that we will make social network, a bulk progress.

We must think about that, – and I know now you will -, when you will add next friend to Facebook. And comment this subject.

Comments ? Advices ? Opinions ?

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