Just a quick blog with three links for you to presentations about the future and digital/mobile/social tech.
As I'm doing my Twitterstorm to try to catch up to whats all happenin' in this fast-paced world, I do a lot of retweets of course and one caught incredible reaction. It was Raimo van der Klein's slideshare deck of his views of the 'generations' of tech that we are now experiencing and how he sees the next 10-12 years with the next wave. This was profound to me when I saw it, and clearly my followers on TW have been very impressed too. So to start us today, take a look at Raimo's slides on "What Mobile Technology is Becoming" at this link:
So yeah, the slides have already had 5,000 viewings in just one day and people are really liking it. Note this set 'builds' so don't jump out early. Trust me, if you read my blog, you will appreciate what Raimo has to say and how he sees our industry future. Very very interesting and I am adopting his theory into my presentations (of course as always, I will fully credit Raimo too). For those new to my blog, Raimo is old dear friend such as via MoMo Mobile Monday, and is co-founder of Layar the largest Augmented Reality company, out of the Netherlands. He convinced me that AR will be the 8th mass media (if you've seen my TED talk about AR)
So then lets move to JMac. Jonathan MacDonald did a keynote presentation at The Next Web 2012 for which he's just posted a link now in the Twitter feed, as it predicted some developments that we are now starting to see. I urge you to watch this and take notes. JMac explains the tension between Advocacy and Privacy. He discusses Advocurrency and makes the prediction that the value of Advocurrency will eventually eclipse the value of banking currency (talk about traditional banking being a dinosaur industry haha, as this is the massive tsunami-wave building just behind the life-threatening 'mobile money' crest that is now barely visible to most bankers...). And JMac talks about empowering people with Weapons of Mass Communication, how that changes not just commercial transactions but society. And JMac introduces the idea of PaaC ie Privacy as a Currency. That you can pay for something by using your privacy. JMac discusses in the presentation the theoretical idea of a hotel where you pay nothing for hte hotel room but allow the hotel's in-room videocamera to show your stay. Reality-TV collides with travel industry? We've seen a commercial use of this in an experimental taxi service in New York where taxi passengers get free ride if they allow the ride to be shown on video and they are asked questions during the ride... Game show/reality TV meets travel industry... But JMac predicted that. Please watch this, you'll be full of ideas and your brain will hurt:
We all know JMac of course, the guy teaching us all about 'Army of Fanatics' etc... Ex Ministry of Sound, ex Blyk, ex Ogilvy, now author-speaker-guru. And very dear friend to Alan Moore and me, great supporter and Formula 1 fan and .. great drinking buddy so whenever wherever you meet JMac in your travels, make sure to have the time to go out drinking with him in the evening...
And finally, one of mine haha... I This is not the full video of my keynote to Mobile West Africa 2014 that was in Lagos just last week. This is a highlights video that is very professionally produced, that includes audience reactions after the presentation, to selected key points. It also has several short interviews of me by Bella Rose of Techcity in Nigeria focusing on African and Emerging Market angles to mobile and tech. I very much liked how they did this, and this captures obviously my latest evolution of my thinking of the future of mobile as such. Regular readers of this blog recognize the themes. Grand Convergence. 9 Unique Abilities of Mobile. Smartphone Wars. OTT vs SMS. Angry Birds. 20 Giants of World Economy Agree. Those who've seen me speak before will identify the structure, but it has plenty of new bits to it and I think its worth seeing.:
Haha and for those pondering what do these clowns know? I am known as the most accurate forecaster of the mobile industry. Understand what that means. All forecasters are always wrong. The good ones are less wrong than the bad ones. You cannot guess the future exactly correctly, if that happens, it was an accident .Nobody has a genuine crystal ball into the future. But good analysts/forecasters can make reasonably accurate forecasts, and be less wrong than their peers and more often than not, be relatively accurate. So check out one of my most viewed videos about the future, 5 years ago given at the big Picnic conference in Amsterdam about 'the Next 4 Billion'. I focused on where the next growth in mobile will be - emerging world of course - and it was considered a radical presentation at the time. Now consider how closely I foresaw what was going to happen and how many of those predictions I made have already happened...
Three friends, three views of the near future of tech, mobile, social, digital.. and indeed the world economy, commerce, money, society... I would dare say, most 'futurists' give somewhat similar visions. These three I think are very distinct, and I think at least in terms of those who 'get it about mobile' - these three presentations give a lot that almost nobody else will give you. Three cities. Raimo from Amsterdam, Jonathan from London and Tomi from Hong Kong. But I think these three are a good foundation on very likely views to where the world is going. As we continue on this journey into a brave new mobile world. As JMac said in his keynote - today was the day of slowest change you will experience in the rest of your life haha... Prepare for the change that is coming and accelerating. Watch those three presentations (and share the links freely)
And if you need to know where we are now, in 2014? My annual 'state of the mobile industry' blog with all our latest numbers is here.