This is a book for people who want to know what the future is going to look like and for people who want to know how to create the future.
Gershenfeld offers a glimpse at the brave new post-computerized world, where microchips work for us instead of against us. He argues that we waste the potential of the microchip when we confine it to a box on our desk: the real electronic revolution will come when computers have all but disappeared into the walls around us.
With everyone else paying attention to Y2K, the analysts at The Basex Group have had time to reflect on the great changes which have taken place since 1900, when electricity and telegraphy were first entering the popular consciousness.
In tribute to those years beginning with “19″, we have researched what we decided to name «19XX Milestones» and present these herewith…..
Information is all around us, and the management of this information has become as crucial to a business as balancing a checkbook. Information is the newest strategic, corporate asset, making its management all the more critical. As noted in the Annual Review of the Institute for Information Studies, we “now have the ability through technology to store, process and disseminate information on an incomparably vaster scale [than ever before].”
Zona Research, a Redwood Shores, Calif., market research firm, has described an “Extended Intranet” as an Intranet that promotes close ties and communications between manufacturers, their customers and suppliers, via the World Wide Web.
The word “Intranet” itself is a misnomer, in my view; hence extended intranets (and extranets for that matter) are also problematic. The word ‘internet’ itself is derived from ‘internetworking’ which describes how, from 1969 on, the Darpanet (later Arpanet) linked research and university computing centers in a network-like fashion.
The LazerBook is Basex’ foray into the future of book publishing and distribution and was conceptualized by Jonathan Spira. It does, of course, not exist today, and probably will not be practical for some time.
However, in carefully analyzing the direction that the book publishing industry must take, it has become apparent to us that the prediction that “books will disappear” is ill-advised. Most notably, pundits have predicted that books, as we now know them, will be replaced by will be replaced by electronic tablets, perhaps similar to screens on a laptop computer. Sony, in fact, tried this approach with its ill-fated Bookman product, introduced in 1991. In our view, customers were predictably slow to turn to a pocket television-screen-sized device for their reading pleasure.
In their February 26, 1996 issue, Business Week led with a cover story on the latest phenomonon to hit the corporate world — the Intranet. Jonathan Spira takes a look at some of the article’s assumptions and questions the reasoning that went into making them.
Corporations are ’seizing the Web as a swift way to streamline–even transform–their organizations. It is important to remember that many organizations adopted the Web and the Internet without first giving thought to their own internal business processes and planned strategies.
A fresh look at the digital revolution in light of the full history of human writing technologies – Packed with illustrations
“Celebrate” Information Overload Awareness Day: August 12
The Information Age has brought with it many advances which have become part of everyday life, including the Web and mobile phones, not to mention e-mail, text and instant messaging, and social networks. While there are many benefits to having these tools and modes of communication, they also bring with them a costly side effect: the problem of information overload.
Have you ever wondered what information-related issue creates the most anxiety amongst middle managers? The fact that information overload would be near the top of the list might surprise you. In advance of 2008, Basex, a knowledge economy research and advisory firm, named information overload as the expected ‘problem-of-the-year’. They estimated that over the course of 2008, an estimated $650bn would be lost in the United States due to reduced productivity and throttled innovation. Additionally, their research concluded that as much as eight hours of worker productivity per week would be lost because of this phenomenon.
Ever feel like you need a break from work just to get your work done? You’re not alone. Information workers, who comprise about 63% of the U.S. work force, are each bombarded with 1.6 gigabytes of information on average every day through emails, reports, blogs, text messages, calls and more, according to preliminary data from a report coming later this year, an update of the 2003 “How Much Information?” report.