Food trucks and family farms aren’t the most obvious businesses benefiting from rapid advances in core digital technologies. But in both the highest-tech new industries and traditional hands-on small businesses, advances in social software, cloud computing and other technologies are reducing the cost of identifying and managing a large number of participants in a diverse ecosystem.
On a few blocks in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood (SOMA), the emergent sharing economy is thriving. On a stretch of Mission Street where multi-tenant housing residents, a homeless population and employees of the hulking Federal building tensely coexist, a “civic hack” is transforming a vacant building.
John Hagel and John Seely Brown, co-chairs of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, recently published a report tackling one of Techonomy’s central themes: How can institutions adapt to exponential technology change and reorganize themselves for "scalable efficiency"?
In the last few decades, we have witnessed a steady doubling in the price performance of digital technologies. However, we are reaching a tipping point of this exponential growth and it is unclear how the cumulative effects of technology will reshape our economy, political systems and collective future.
Do you remember the first time you used a touch screen or saw someone play Nintendo Wii or employ another motion-controlled device? These technologies revolutionized how we physically interact with the digital world. Augmented reality tends to sneak up on you.
Despite the rapid advances in telepresence and distributed working tools, people still brave traffic and go to the office. Business travel is on the rise as people congregate for meetings and conferences. Attendees pay $7,500 for tickets to TED talks when the content is all posted free of charge on their website.