» 7 digital trends at Davos 2011 [World Economic Forum talk]

7 digital trends at Davos 2011 [World Economic Forum talk]

It’s my 9th Davos in a row and I am lucky to be invited to speak twice this year, I’m giving a talk on future trends “digital convergence” in David Kirkpatrick‘s session and I moderate my own dinner on “social networking addiction” tonight, both are over-registered (the WEF keeps the sessions small) which makes my day.

Here is the 10 mins video and a few notes, there are many more trends but I did not have more time. Thanks Robert for recording it.


1. digital convergence is actually about sharing in more and more places


Then I explain as both individuals and enterprises can monitor this stream and interact in real time, here is an outline of the trends I highlight:

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2. Everything in the Cloud means less privacy

-the founder of Twitter Evan Williams gets his emails posted on the blog TechCrunch
-the US government“gag requests” user data from social networking sites for some users involved in wikileaks

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3. The web has a deep impact on our brain

-email, sms, Facebook and Twitter intrusions non stop
-impossible to read a book
-cannot concentrate on a task
-software to shut you off the Internet start to appear

-the shallows book by Nicholas Carr
-apps to help you disconnect from the Internet such as MacFreedom, awayfind, rescuetime, getconcentrating and onetask
4. Location getting social is a game changer

-what’s happening around me right now?
-which of my friends are or have been here?
-can I get any special deal?
-what can I learn about this place?
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an iPad mounted in a car making it a platform
5. Everything is becoming a platform

-marketplaces and app stores everywhere
-they won’t remain in your computer:
-cars are starting to have apps or ipads get hacked in cars
-a fridge with apps for diet or cooking
-a japanesetoilet analyzes how fit you are
-TV is the next platform

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the iBody toilet and Runkeeper app
6. Even your own body is becoming a platform

-Scales that measure your weight
-Apps that control your fitness
-Tweet and share your weight loss
-Record how you sleep
-DNA information
-Google health stores it in the cloud
-Foodspotting and recording what you eat
-Apps for your brain

7. Social networking + objects = social objects

-Lady Gaga interactive glasses
-Add info from your friends with Stickybits (video)
-Small computer cubes that interact together: Sifteo (video)
-Siftablecubes (video)