The industries of the future

The question Alec Ross set out to answer at the RSA today was: “If the last 25 years shaped by Internet, what comes next?”  His book The Industries of the Future addresses the question more fully, but for the audience today he focussed on two examples: robots and AI, and genomics. He began, though, with central […]

Development Principles

At a recent offsite meeting with Bankers Almanac and Accuity, as I was listening to all the suggestions about developments we could make, I started to make a list of principles that I thought we ought to use to guide our technology plans. As it happens, the list came to 10, but I’m sure there […]

The Great Paywall Experiment

I have been watching with interest the Times‘ experiment with paid content – or rather cutting off non-paying customers from stories. This chart from Alexa today tells the traffic story – stable traffic for The Guardian and The Telegraph and sharply declining traffice for The Times. The FT perhaps provides a paid-for benchmark, although The […]

The Power of Big

I remember quite vividly years ago failing to convince anyone in my circle of acquaintances in b2b that Linkedin would have a future. The problem was that, though they were getting quite popular, they didn’t have an obvious business model and without revenue, it was argued, they had no future. Of course, as things panned […]

Personal domain site up and running

I'm pleasantly surprised to be able to report that my personal domain is now functioning with Posterous. It's not that it's particularly complicated to redirect DNS, it's just that one does it so rarely it's easy to get lost in the detail. Now to see whether changing my blog platform will mean I post more […]

Is Google turning into Microsoft?

Great, thoughtful post from Anil Dash, VP of Six Apart, asking whether Google is having a “Microsoft moment”. He defines it like this: This is the point when the difference between their internal conception of the company starts to diverge just a bit too far from the public perception of the company, and even starts […]

New rules for a new age?

Shoshana Zuboff was the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and in a remarkable post she has apologised for all the harm she and her colleagues have done to the business world. I have come to believe that much of what my colleagues and I taught has caused real suffering, […]

Data the saviour

A great piece by Frederic Filloux in the online newsletter Monday Note on the power of data for journalists. He cites several great examples such as Bloomberg, the NYT "Remade America" piece using Immigration Explorer as well as examples of map-based data on debt and crime. There is about to be an explosion of public […]

The advent of the real-time web

Saleforce.com founder Marc Benioff told the Structure 09 conference that technology was inevitably becoming real-time. “Any concept of batch or delay in development or execution, I think, will not be tolerated by customers anymore. Even in development, customers are demanding now that they want to be able to build in that sandbox and deploy immediately, […]

Iran reporting tests journalism

This morning’s piece in The Observer by Lindsey Hilsum, international editor of Channel 4 News, and Peter Beaumont illustrated perfectly the challenges and dangers of reporting in a user-generated world which Jeff Jarvis outlined so well yesterday. The story reads as if the writers had either personally witnessed much of what went on in Tehran […]