In blockchain we trust – from MIT Technology Review

A blockchain (though the term is bandied about loosely, and often misapplied to things that are not really blockchains) is an electronic ledger—a list of transactions. Those transactions can in principle represent almost anything. They could be actual exchanges of money, as they are on the blockchains that underlie cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. They could mark exchanges of other assets, such as digital stock certificates. They could represent instructions, such as orders to buy or sell a stock. They could include so-called smart contracts, which are computerized instructions to do something (e.g., buy a stock) if something else is true (the price of the stock has dropped below $10).

What makes a blockchain a special kind of ledger is that instead of being managed by a single centralized institution, such as a bank or government agency, it is stored in multiple copies on multiple independent computers within a decentralized network. No single entity controls the ledger. Any of the computers on the network can make a change to the ledger, but only by following rules dictated by a “consensus protocol,” a mathematical algorithm that requires a majority of the other computers on the network to agree with the change.

Once a consensus generated by that algorithm has been achieved, all the computers on the network update their copies of the ledger simultaneously. If any of them tries to add an entry to the ledger without this consensus, or to change an entry retroactively, the rest of the network automatically rejects the entry as invalid.

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The crypto bubble, like the dot-com bubble, is creating the infrastructure that will enable the technologies of the future to be built. But there’s also a key difference. This time, the money being raised isn’t underwriting physical infrastructure but social infrastructure. It’s creating incentives to form global networks of collaborating developers, hive minds whose supply of interacting, iterative ideas is codified into lines of open-source software. That freely accessible code will enable the execution of countless as-yet-unimagined ideas. It is the foundation upon which the decentralized economy of the future will be built.

Just as few people in the mid-1990s could predict the later emergence of Google, Facebook, and Uber, we can’t predict what blockchain-based applications will emerge from the wreckage of this bubble to dominate the decentralized future. But that’s what you get with extensible platforms. Whether it’s the open protocols of the internet or the blockchain’s core components of algorithmic consensus and distributed record-keeping, their power lies in providing an entirely new paradigm for innovators ready to dream up and deploy world-changing applications. In this case, those applications—whatever shape they take—will be aimed squarely at disrupting many of the gatekeeping institutions that currently dominate our centralized economy.

Read more: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610781/in-blockchain-we-trust/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-04-09&utm_campaign=Technology+Review

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Is the era of management over? – via weforum.org

The bottom line is that the hierarchical management mode is no longer suited for the challenges of the modern economy. Every pillar of a traditional organization is now in flux, as was brilliantly conceptualized by Tanmay Vora

Contextual awareness, peripheral vision, design thinking and a multi-disciplinary approach – these are all terms that are trending in modern office-speak. And deservedly so. A project-based and titles-free organization — where yesterday’s team member is today’s team lead — can deliver the flexibility and agility that businesses yearn for.

 

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read more: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/is-management-era-over

Gene therapy for telecom operators

In short: 5G is probably last call for Telco operators to get out of a tight corner and be more relevant and visible to Customers not just as connectivity commodity. This can be achieved by changing Telecom Genes that have driven their evolution so far.  They will have to start delivering advanced services “OTT-like” and be open to cross-industry collaborations.

read here the entire article.

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[…] What is the biggest challenge facing telecom operators?  To remain relevant to customers. 

Will even 5G be relevant? It’s clear to me that operators will deploy 5G, but that alone will not ensure relevance: customers are likely to take high-quality network performance for granted.

What customers will notice are the kinds of services provided on the network.

Unless operators offer services that are valued, their customers may not recognize that they have any relationship at all with them, and the operators will end up as mere connectivity providers. Out of sight, out of mind.

Deep changes are required to Telco Genes to survive: 

1)the connectivity gene is the first one that needs modification for operators to offer NOT ONLY TELCO services.

2) The second is the gene that runs scared of collaboration. 

 

When Connected Cars & Entertainment join

Renault introduces a new car that drives itself and entertains you with VR.

Mobile Telco: is it time for CTRL+ALT+DEL?

Telefonia mobile, un utente su 2 vorrebbe Google, Apple o Facebook come gestore: «Insoddisfatti dell’attuale customer experience»

Secondo i consumatori, gli operatori tradizionali investono troppo poco nei canali digitali (siti web, app mobili e social media), e solo l’8% ritiene i negozi fisici indispensabili, dice un report di Capgemini Consulting. «Emerge una correlazione tra uso dei canali digitali, livello di soddifazione, e crescita del fatturato»

Il report di Capgemini Consulting: “Unlocking customer satisfaction: why digital holds the key for telcos

“… rivela che quasi la metà (44%) degli utenti mobili passerebbe a Google, Apple o Facebook, se questi colossi introducessero un servizio di comunicazione mobile, per la “miglior qualità del servizio” (48%) e per la “esperienza più personalizzata” (23%) che essi potrebbero garantire rispetto all’attuale gestore telefonico.

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«Ciò che i consumatori si aspettano dai fornitori di servizi di telecomunicazioni è cambiato, ma molti operatori non sono ancora pienamente in grado di soddisfare le richieste, con conseguente calo del livello di customer satisfaction, spiega Eraldo Federici, Senior Vice President, Market Unit Head, TME & Large Accounts di Capgemini Italia, in un articolo su CorCom. «La lenta diffusione dei servizi digitali costituisce il cuore del problema, e questo è un pesante richiamo agli operatori affinché accelerino gli sforzi di trasformazione in un’ottica digitale o si tengano pronti a rischiare uno sconvolgimento a opera dei gestori solo digitali”

leggi articolo originale:

http://www.mobile4innovation.it/mobile-internet/telefonia-mobile-un-utente-su-2-vorrebbe-google-apple-o-facebook-come-gestore-insoddisfatti_43672152227.htm?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=1SU2USERSGOOGLEFB_17052016&utm_content=post_content

Elettronica stampata in 3D: se ne parlerà a Milano al Vodafone Theatre | 3d Printing

 

Durante il convegno, i leader internazionali del settore si incontreranno per fornire una visione concreta dei prossimi scenari tecnologici e stabilire un punto di incontro con l’industria, il mercato e la ricerca sulle tematiche dell’additive manufacturing, alla presenza di produttori, esperti, responsabili d’azienda e professionisti.

I guru del settore racconteranno i  prossimi step tecnologici e di innovazione a livello mondiale, delineando i temi strategici del futuro dell’additive manufacturing tra tecnologie, materiali, trend e case history di eccellenza.

Elettronica stampata in 3D: se ne parlerà a Milano

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Apple vende le Ultimaker 2+ nei suoi negozi in Europa

La decisione di Apple è degna di interesse, perchè rappresenta il primo passo concreto, tangibile, verso la stampa 3D.

Fino ad oggi la casa di Cupertino ha fatto raccolta di brevetti per questa tecnologia: ne abbiamo parlato lo scorso dicembre QUI. Ora passa alla vendita al dettaglio.

Le Ultimaker 2+ sono acquistabili a 2.299 euro in Austria, Repubblica Ceca, Danimarca, Finlandia, Italia, Norvegia, Polonia, Portogallo, Svizzera, Spagna, Svezia e Ungheria.

Il nuovo iPhone7 Plus potrebbe permettere agli utenti di effettuare scan 3D degli oggetti per poi stamparli in 3D con una stampante Ultimaker 2+

leggi di piu…

http://www.3ders.org/articles/20160413-ultimaker-2-now-available-in-apple-webstores-in-19-european-countries.html

http://3dprintingindustry.com/2016/04/12/apple-sells-ultimaker-3d-printers-in-europe/

Sei pronto per il futuro?? via Insider Pro

10 abilità di cui avrai bisogno nel 2020

Il report “The Future of Jobs” presenta un sondaggio condotto fra i dirigenti di oltre 350 aziende, appartenenti a nove settori industriali di 15 delle più grandi economie del mondo, in cui sono state chieste previsioni su come il progresso tecnologico obbligherà il mercato del lavoro a evolversi. Diamo un’occhiata alla top ten delle capacità professionali che, secondo gli intervistati, saranno maggiormente richieste da qui al 2020.

10. Flessibilità cognitiva

9. Capacità di negoziazione

8. Orientamento al servizio

7. Capacità decisionali e di giudizio

6. Intelligenza emotiva

5. Coordinamento

4. Gestione del personale

3. Creatività

2. Pensiero critico

1. Risoluzione di problemi complessi

Allora? Sei pronto per il futuro??

Leggi di più su ogni singola capacita’ su https://insider.pro/it/article/64477/

McKinsey: nel 2025 l’Internet of Things può valere l’11% dell’economia mondiale

McKinsey stima che da qui al 2025 il mercato globale dell’Internet of Things potrebbe valere dai 3.900 agli 11.100 miliardi di dollari all’anno. Nella migliore delle ipotesi, si parla dell’11% dell’intera economia mondiale. Ma per arrivare a questa migliore ipotesi occorre costruire contesti, tecnologie e modelli di business che, al di là dell’entusiasmo e delle aspettative con cui ora si guarda al fenomeno, lo trasformino in una solida realtà.

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http://www.mobile4innovation.it/internet-of-things/mckinsey-nel-2025-l-internet-of-things-puo-valere-l-11-dell-economia-mondiale_43672151971.htm

 

Does Hardware Even Matter Anymore? -from HBR

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We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is every bit as profound as the impact of cheap computing power, but it’s subtler and harder to notice. It will ease the way for companies launching and updating digital products, but it presents steep new learning curves that companies will have to master if they are to be successful.

The migration of functionality from hardware to software.

In more and more businesses, physical objects are no longer the primary basis for innovation and differentiation. They come second to innovations in computer code.

Managers are well aware that Moore’s Law, the idea that the number of transistors on a practical-sized chip doubles every 18 months, has brought us a bounty of cheap computing power, leading to smartphones, tablets, fitness trackers, cloud-based services like Facebook and Uber, and on and on.

The software revolution will be a powerful complement to the cheap-computing revolution, and the opportunities for unique and innovative products are boundless — it’s just a matter of programming.

read full article here: https://hbr.org/2015/06/does-hardware-even-matter-anymore