During an interesting World Economic Forum session entitled “In tech we trust” I learned this:
- At 3:40, Marc R. Benioff mentioned that only through radical transparency are we going to get radical new levels of trust. He added that we need more openness regarding where data is, what is going on with the data, who has the data, and – if there’s a problem with the data – provide immediate disclosure, total transparency.
- At 5:15, Marissa Mayer made the point that personalized technology is better technology, and a personalized Internet is a better Internet. To have a personalized Internet, you need to store data in the cloud. She continued saying that trust is about each person making a trade of between how much privacy and security he / she wants vs. how many benefits he / she wants? She emphasized the importance of transparency, that users own their own data and have control over it, so they can examine it, take it with them, bring it to other sites / to other vendors that they trust more.
- At 15:25 Tim Berners-Lee agreed that a personalized service is a better service meaning, for example, that you can buy your clothes more quickly.
- At 17:50 Günther H. Oettinger mentioned that we are in a digital revolution, and that we need a smart and pragmatic data revolution. He added that with all technology, there’s a potential on the one hand and risks on the other hand. And we have to balance it out. He agreed that transparency is important and noted that we need a UN agency for data protection and security. At 45:00 Günther H. Oettinger said that many people are not informed. We need more information, more education. Citizens need to become more competent.
During the session “Inclusive growth in the digital age” I learned this:
- At 5:00, Erik Brynjolfsson mentioned that technology has always been destroying as well as creating jobs. Recently, there has been an important change, for example in the way that median income has stagnated. He added that when you digitize something, you can make a free, perfect copy of it and distribute it instantaneously anywhere around the world. Those 3 attributes – free, perfect, and instant – we did not apply to goods and services throughout most of history.
- At 12:30, Hans Erik Vestberg mentioned that throughout all technological revolutions that we as human have lived through, we have always created jobs. He added that due to the fact that Ericsson is transforming fast, there are changes regarding the people working for the company. Last year, 19,000 people started working for the company, and 14,000 stopped working for the company. Hans Erik Vestberg also mentioned that today, less than 15% of the people working for the company are based in Sweden.
- At 14:40, Vishal Sikka mentioned that technology makes people more productive. He also mentioned that there’s a new frontier of “problem finding” that people will continue to do.
- At 18:15. Ajay S. Banga mentioned that the most important thing you can do is invest in education and infrastructure. He added, that the smartphone is an unbelievable opportunity to connect people with each other. The many different networks / communities that people can connect to using mobile electronic devices help people find new opportunities.
- At 22:20, Peter T. Grauer mentioned that technological changes are happening at a higher speed than changes in institutions. As an example of an area where we need changes to happen, he mentioned educational institutions. At 32:25, Peter T. Grauer explained that he spends much of his time helping people with low income get access to higher education. At 35:30, Vishal Sikka put focus on the need for each one of us to continue to educate ourselves throughout our lives – no matter where we are. He also noted that Internet access / being connected to the Internet will help us educate ourselves anytime and anywhere. Erik Brynjolfsson added that there’s a need to rethink / reinvent education.
At 38:28, the moderator, Gillian Tett, asked each of the five panelists the following question: Who thinks that income inequality is going to decline over the next 5 years in the Western world?
- Vishal Sikka said “It’s not going to decline in my view”.
- Hans Erik Vestberg said “I hope not. I’m optimistic.”
- Ajay S. Banga said “I would say it’s not going to decline, although I wish it would change.”
- Peter T. Grauer said “no.”
- Erik Brynjolfsson said “It’s a tricky question. It’s our choice. The people in this room can help decide whether or not that happens.”
An update to a report / e-book with ideas for hospitals:
Reading this article and this article, I learned that Hamburg is working on a plan that, over the next 15-20 years, is going to expand the number of green spaces considerably. The hamburg green network will connect parks, recreational areas, playgrounds, gardens, and cemeteries through green paths. These changes are not least being made, as I have understood it, to respond to environmental changes such as increasing temperatures and sea levels and – more generally – to make the city a healthier and more pleasant place to live.
Digital technologies contribute to changes that are going on in the way people get from a to b. Via betahaus hamburg, I learned, for example, about citeecar. What I like about the solution of citeecar is, for example, that it is simple to understand – and a relatively inexpensive transportation solution. In short, it seems to be a carsharing solution for the average joe. Studying other transportation innovation initiatives around Hamburg, I also found out that by using the hvv mobile app you can actually save money when you buy your ticket online. And I learned that in Hamburg, transportation by bicycle is being upgraded in priority – as this nexthamburg idea also suggests. For example, I was quite impressed by StadtRAD Hamburg, a very well developed bike sharing solution that enables people to pick up and leave bicycles at any StadtRAD Hamburg station that are situated – quite close to each other – all over city. The StadtRAD Hamburg bike sharing solution is, I noticed, very popular among the local population. Lots of people use the bikes to get from a to b. What I found great, for example, was the very good quality of the bikes and also, that within the first ½ hour of a rental, you use the bike you rent for free. In addition, I liked the very well developed bicycle streets in Hamburg that, as you can see from the photo below, are painted red. On the photo, the bicycle path is the right part of the sidewalk.
Want more inspiration on the topic? Then take a look at this presentation about bicycle friendly cities And in this work on transportation innovation I have tried to pinpoint some further, broader changes going on in the transportation / mobility space. Have a good time getting around.