A quick follow-up to yesterday's post about the most interesting things to have graced my screen in the last few days.
First, from LeWeb:
I watched the video feed from Europe's largest conference for all things digital and came away with a few observations:
- Whither, America? Growth outside the U.S. was a recurring theme. It's a global playground. With smartphones, the world is literally in everyone's hands.
- Oh, SoLoMo! Marketers, take note: your initiatives must excel in three attributes (social, mobile, local) to be successful.
- Get smart: Smartphones let consumers participate in the global community and be intensely local at the same time. What's happening right now, right in front of you is as accessible and as important as what's happening half a world away.
- Instagram is just getting started. Apple's "App of the Year" has almost 14 million users but doesn't have a web site. Nor does it advertise. What the service does do exceedingly well, however, is make a popular and meaningful activity even more so for millions of people. "We're at 1 per cent of where we want to be,” said CEO Kevin Systrom. “Talk to me again
when we have 100 million users ... and even then I'm not sure if we will
have made it. "Everyone wants to document their lives."
Second, from the IBM Blogroll:
- Steve Hamm has a great piece on the Smarter Planet blog called "Lessons for the United States from IBM's Centennial Journey" that provides some insights into why the country's economy continues to flag. He cites the work of Mary Meeker, a partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who remarks that if the U.S. were a company, it would be going out of business. Hamm finds helpful parallels between the country's current predicament and IBM's own near-death experience in the early 1990s.
- Jobs in the Age of Watson: IBM Fellow Irving Wladawsky-Berger recounts his experiences as a panelist along with MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson back in October. Up for discussion was the impact of technology on the labor market. Specifically, will there be enough jobs to go around? Wladawsky-Berger segments the world of work into a 2X2 matrix (Routine/Non-routine, Cognitive/Manual) and forecasts the possible impact of technology and automation on each type. It's fascinating reading, with serious repercussions for everyone as they try to understand what solutions like Watson and Siri mean for their own careers.
- Finally, on the Collaboration front, Ed Brill provides a more thorough listing of the new products announced this week in advance of Lotusphere and IBM Connect. Enterprise collaboration and social business, ho!
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