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March 04 2013

The mobile economy in 2013

The full report presented an interesting view on the current mobile market trends, although very positive it’s impossible not to see the slowdown of previous years growth. Revenues will increase, subscribers as well, but things aren’t going to be as great as they have been before..

It’s a forecast, but I’m not really impressed by these numbers, but it could be a wrong reading not sure, so here are my comments:

GSMA Mobile Economy 2013

Considering that we are roughly 7 Billion persons today (but we won’t be much more in 2017 – 2020 seems to be the year we might pass the 8bn threshold) the growth from 3.2 to 3.9 Bn mobile subscribers by 2017 doesn’t leave me impressed. It clearly means we still have much to do on the front of universal access, as according to this numbers we’ll still have only roughly 50% of the world population connected. The number of connections seems impressive, but then again this will be mostly due to the internet of things and all the new connected machines it will bring.

LTE seems it will only be a reality for a fifth of the connected ones, ok, this is a global number, meaning that more evolved markets will see a much better picture and others will not, fair enough, but not impressive either, specially considering that some of the less developed markets could leapfrog directly to LTE when it’s time to evolve or deploy their new networks.

GSMA Mobile Economy 2013

Globally voice will still grow, but clearly not as much as messaging and data, although a big part of the voice will probably also be data, right?

GSMA Mobile Economy 2013

It’s good to see Joyn (the project I worked on for Vodafone) get a special highlight here on the future communications page on the report, although I personally believe it’s a critically and much needed technology upgrade to increase the overall quality of mobile user experience (fixing seriously broken experiences like video or file sharing, but also general terms of interoperability), I have to say that at the current market launch plans and delays, I’m not certain where it will be in 2017, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed and eyes open for developments there.

But then again, I’m still going through the report, have a read yourself, the full report is here, enjoy ;)

June 11 2012

Today is the future!

Living in the Clouds

Some weeks back I took this photo from the plane, while flying over london, at the time, this image stayed in my mind for a couple of days, it still is. Those are actual buildings coming out of the clouds and it just reminded me as a kid when we saw all those sci-fi cartoons/movies with people actually living above the clouds. No rain, always sunshine, to actually have a clean sky as an horizon everyday. It might turn out to be boring I’m sure, but the thing is that this vision is here, ok no flying, still bounded to it’s earth roots, but it’s here. And in may ways we just grow used to it and ignore it completely. We are living in the Future, just like William Gibson wrote:

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed”

Why I thought about this today again? did I though about this today?

Well today I came across another amazing example: read the NTT Docomo (one of Japan’s largest mobile operators) press release where they announce a second large trial (10K users this time) of their Real Time Voice Interpretation/Translation Service:

Yes, exactly that, realtime translation over voice, one party talks in Japanese on one side of the line and on the other end, it comes out… English, Spanish, or whatever language the receiving device is configured to.

If this isn’t tottally out of a sci-fi film, hit me on the face…
I’m telling you we need to wake up, today is the future, not tomorrow!

May 01 2012

Welcome to the Anthropocene

Every living thing affects its surroundings. But humanity is now influencing every aspect of the Earth on a scale akin to the great forces of nature.

There are now so many of us, using so many resources, that we’re disrupting the grand cycles of biology, chemistry and geology by which elements like carbon and nitrogen circulate between land, sea and atmosphere. We’re changing the way water moves around the globe as never before. Almost all the planet’s ecosystems bear the marks of our presence.

Our species’ whole recorded history has taken place in the geological period called the Holocene – the brief interval stretching back 10,000 years. But our collective actions have brought us into uncharted territory. A growing number of scientists think we’ve entered a new geological epoch that needs a new name – the Anthropocene.

Probably the best-known aspect of our newfound influence is what we’re doing to the climate. Atmospheric carbon dioxide may be at its highest level in 15 million years. But this is just one part of the story; we’re changing the planet in countless ways. Nutrients from fertilizer wash off fields and down rivers, creating stretches of sea where nothing grows except vast algal blooms; deforestation means vast quantities of soil are being eroded and swept away. Rich grasslands are turning to desert; ancient ice formations are melting away; species everywhere are vanishing.

These developments are all connected, and there’s a risk of an irreversible cascade of changes leading us into a future that’s profoundly different from anything we’ve faced before. Little by little, we’re creating a hotter, stormier and less diverse planet.

The Anthropocene is a decisive break from what came before. Scientists are still debating exactly when it began – was it when our distant forebears started to farm the land? With the industrial revolution? With the dawn of the atomic era, even?

Whenever the new epoch started, we’re living in it now. And if our descendants look back in thousands of years’ time, they’ll see the evidence of our actions written everywhere in the rocks.

more on Anthropocene.Info

February 24 2012

Urbanized

A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit

February 10 2012

February 06 2012

Social Cities of Tomorrow

International conference 17 February 2012, Amsterdam, Netherlands

January 24 2011

October 28 2010

September 23 2010

Project: Interaction

A 10-week after school program that teaches New York City high schoolers to use design to change their communities.

May 31 2010

November 20 2009

Why newspapers won’t die…

Today, I’ve picked this image on Igor’s Posterous:

Google Newspapers Are.jpg

first I smiled, but then it came to me, that although this is certainly true for many journals, the reality also reminds me that as everything else, it depends where you stand and on what you’re aware of…

The thing is that the NEW media loves to write about the OLD media, which in turn loves to write about NEW media, funny isn’t it?

I read most of my news online, but from time to time I do LOVE to read what I’ve been calling Slow News (and i’ll promise that I’ll cover this in my next post), meaning that I do read paper magazines and newspapers. I am in fact paying subscriptions for those when available (yes living in Germany has it’s drawbacks if we depend on international press).

So I take the opportunity to talk about two, relatively young projects on the newsstand that really make my days offline more richer.

Monocle Magazine March 2007 CoverFirst entry, Monocle, I’ve been reading Monocle since it’s first edition, it’s hard to grasp what captivated me from the very beginning. I do recall that it’s thickness, layout and typography was what probably made me buy it in the first place, but then I discovered inside something to calm my endless need to learn about new things that go on in common and not so common places in the world. Information that goes unnoticed, information that literally take you there and experience life in places where you haven’t been. Monocle introduced me to a whole new concept of generic magazines, it’s hard to archive it exactly here or there, I’ve read pretty much about everything in it, at sometimes it even feels like my how hitchhiker guide the planet.

Jornal i Cover Capa 2009 NovemberSecond entry, the portuguese journal ‘i’ (that although it’s in paper (AND WHICH I’D LOVE TO SUBSCRIBE <- HINT! HINT! If it was available outside of Portugal, I can only mainly read it online these days), but which I ask anyone coming back from Portugal to bring me copies for as many days as they can. Simply Called ‘i’ is already a reference newspaper in Portugal.It’s less than an year old, but has already been awarded as the “best designed newspaper of Spain and Portugal” (20.000-60.000 category) by a jury of the regional Chapter of the Society of News Design (SND-E). Suprised? Not really, people will always love to read newspapers (they just dislike the price/content balance). When I first read i, I noticed similar design decisions, a clear layout, clean, images taking over entire pages, a diferent paper, a compact size, and of course, a very well selected hand of news to fill in the gaps every day. If this doesn’t convince you that it’s possible to create new newspapers, than let the numbers decide for you, they’re selling around 16000 copies of it, on the same month that the top 2 national newspapers (Público & Diário de Notícias) sold between 30000-36000 copies. Martim Avillez Figueiredo gave recently an interview about the design award, that I consider is worth reading for anyone interested in the media/newspaper business.

Meaning that if you’re really aware of what your readers WANNA read and are willing to pay, you can probably live a bit longer! One very important note about this and of course other surviving giants of the OLD media is the fact that they all share a great online counterpart, meaning that they’ve been able make the transition and in this case align both side of the media experience as a whole!

November 12 2009

October 09 2009

October 08 2009

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