The digital “HellVen” dilemma.

…or the case to make the UBER platform of digital education  

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A  couple of months ago Jerimiah Owyang (@jowyang)  talked about how disruptive the impact of future digital innovation will be creating a new dilemma he called “HellVen” : i.e. a word combination  of  “Hell” and “Heaven”.

I struggle myself with this dilemma. On one hand how can you not be a technology optimist knowing all the good that digitalization still can offer for both our future economical and societal development.  On the other hand, the expected digitally enabled innovation is of that scale that it truly will indeed have the ability to disrupt  labor markets.


“The second machine age” I read later perfectly captures the HellVen dilemma  without actually referring to it.
   (MIT Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee) The book starts recalling how the industrial revolution and in particular the introduction of the steam Continue reading

What if animals could communicate through the internet ?

1373703069395What if animals could communicate through the internet ?

Actually the question is not “what if” but rather “when”…

I recently saw this TED talk entitled “Interspecies internet .. an idea in progress.” This is a combined initiative of four people — cognitive psychologist Diana Reiss (who works with Dolphins), musician Peter Gabriel, computer engineer Neil Gershenfeld (MIT professor) and Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet. Their core message is that we basically totally forgot to think about how to integrate the “bio mass’ (animals) in how we think of the future of internet.

Vince Cerf reminded us that  the internet was intially intended to be a platform to connect machines (i.e. “internet of things avant la lettre”). Very quickly however it became an “internet of people” with more than 10billion people connected. It is only recently that we have come to retalk  of  the “internet of things” also called M2M (Machine to Machine) where we expect to have 50bn connected devices. Examples are connected cars, appliances personal health devices etc…

Introducing the Interspecies Internet  (I 2 I) 

In the last 40 years tons of experiments illustrated how we have learned to communicate / talk with (certain) animals. The most famous experiment is probably the KoKo Gorilla (the 8 Continue reading