All around the world, drawing comparisons with Silicon Valley is an activity that probably occurs millions of times on a daily basis.
Recently, I was asked to answer a question of the same/similar nature on Quora: link
Different versions of these questions gets asked frequently, such as:
Next, we have startup competitions, innovation rankings, global startup rankings. Clearly the movement has gone global and it's all good!
Indeed, it does seem like, Silicon Valley has set a gold standard and everyone is trying to follow it.
Image source: Gold standard page for Wikipedia. link
But very few understand the history, the enablement of and the values that power Silicon Valley. I too, am a learner in this category.
Source: Secret History of Silicon Valley by Steve Blank
Coming back to innovation and Silicon Valley, the most incredible ability is for the valley to be able to foresee the future and help enable it. And how it re-invents itself in the process of doing so.
And the world, generally and largely follows.
Being able to ascertain what drives growth in a real sense, is, I think, one of the differentiating factor for how more innovation can be had. Sometime that I have started referring to as true innovation.
The need for innovation is clear. But different ecosystems define the need differently. And I categorize this as a spectrum.
I think I may come back and expand upon this phenomenon and how I see this spectrum in my mind. Considering that so much of research is locked up today and it's just bad design. When there is the possibility of unleashing innovation on a global basis and turn the human condition to something that will look like eden.
Clearly, 'software has been eating up for the world' for quite some time now.
But, outside or in parallel with the world of software, there are many other and major developments that are also going mainstream. Indeed, there are many many opportunities beyond the world of bits or developments that will emerge from constructs of the future. Opportunities that we need to unleash and put into action on a global basis.
So I think, it would be wise for eco-systems all around the world, for them to:
Must freedom always come at the expense of something else?
If freedom continually comes at the expense of something else, then what is the net regressive impact on the system down the line?
Throughout the course of history, humans have tried many different variations, as in forms of governance. And there really is no ideal system of governance. Perhaps, it is a kind of system that has seen very little innovation in thousands of years.
Here my sense is, that, that which is important is sometimes forgotten and often overlooked.
It is also my sense that, collectively, we as a species focus too much on security and not enough on innovation.
What I am about to suggest, does not entail that we must now sacrifice security and defense, so that more innovation can be had. I am not asking for sacrificing objectivity.
But, we must think deeply and objectively about:
There really is no such thing as absolute security. In the words of a previous American president, Dwight D. Eisenhower:
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."
"We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security."
I think, we, as a species are making the grave mistake of thinking/believing and acting upon the notion that our collective existence begins and ends at being able to sustain civilization.
I think, that a core focus on security is coming at the expense of enabling the future. As this phenomenon continues, we will always think of security first and everything second. This will place severe limits on our growth prospects.
Growth cannot be had without innovation. And so if we are to safeguard our collective future, then we need to focus that much more on mechanisms by which more innovation can be had.
Source for image above: Research done by Geoffrey West link
If you have absolute security, then it is not something tangible that you can do with. If on the other end, you do not have any security, then you also cannot do anything.
But security is supposed to power a medium whereby all can come and play.
The need is to have more of our efforts, many more of our systems architected in such a way, so that more innovation can be had.
The need is pretty clear for many reasons.
Right now and according to some estimates:
So imagine the possibilities, the opportunities that lay hidden in the collection of and merger of different research in the 99% category.
I've been working on a blogpost, that is going to be a bit more detailed. In this blogpost, I will be focusing on the need for what I refer to as 'true innovation' and the pivotal role eco-systems will increasingly play (working as platforms). If anyone is interested, then I plan to post this blogpost by the mid of December 2015.
As a kid, one of the TV shows that I used to watch with great interest was this series called the 'Automan'.
The story revolved around a computer programmer and a police officer by the name of 'Walter Nebicher'. Walter worked at the Local Police Department's Computer crimes division.
Originally, Walter started out as a regular police officer, working on tackling crime on the streets. Walter's boss, Captain Boyd did not fully approve of the work he had been doing and hence, Walter was relegated to the Computer Lab. A demotion of sorts?
Here is an excerpt from the opening/introduction from the TV show (also shared below int he video) and as narrated by the main character (Automan).
"... Walter must fight crime in his own way – in the computer room. That's where he's an expert. Fortunately for me, Walter's advanced knowledge of electronics led him to experiment with what is known as a hologram.
If you are reading this and you haven't seen the TV show, then you should check out the clip shared above before reading any further. This brief intro will give you a good idea of what the show was about and the right kind of background information about the two main characters.
Yes, in order to build the story and the narrative, there was the supporting cast, like Captain Boyd, Roxanne and Lt. Jack Curtis. However the majority of the TV show revolved around Walter, Automan and cursor.
Which brings us to cursor
Cursor was this flying and buzzing construct. Basically a hologram. But a hologram that would serve the function of a conduit between the real world and the digital world.
The really awesome thing was that Walter, as in a biological creature, could then hop along for a ride in these amazing inventions. That cursor had the ability to be able to provision these devices into the real world in a matter of seconds. These inventions and creations somehow made a transcendental leap from the digital world and into the 'real world'.
As a kid growing up in the 80's, we did not think much about the underlying technologies too much. All we really cared about was that this was a really cool TV show and we just wanted to see the good guys win.
Now that I look back, it's amazing to see how life imitates art.
Today we have:
Automan has been on my mind for quite some time now. Considering the rapid pace of technological change, I thought it prudent to recollect some of my memories from the 80's and document them in this blogpost.
A question for my readers: Has there been any TV show/content made during the past 10 years that inspires kids to take up careers in STEM related fields in the near future?
In a near future state, we can get to a 1:1 student and teacher ratio. Something that is powered by a combination of the following:
I think, 1:1 student and teacher ratio is 7 to 10 years out.
In the interim, MOOCs can help. MOOCs have come a long way since the early days of OpenCourseware (MIT). Today you get quality content from virtually all the leading platforms. From Udacity to Coursera, Khan Academy to Udemy.
However, the engagement and completion rate for MOOCs has been an issue. And I think that these ratios would be much higher if there was:
And these packets are structured in a specific format.
Data flows in packets.
Amongst other things, the purpose of packaging data in such a way, is to ensure:
Now when it comes to the transmission of information, we've seen some remarkable innovations when it comes to the medium.
But, I suspect that the following may have been overlooked:
Use cases (*Not* in the order of the Rules showcased above):
Overall, at this point in time the web and technology in general is a very visual medium. There are at least 3 other mediums and a whole range of potential and diverse experiences that can be powered by making use of these other mediums.
New and diverse forms of interactions are possible. But I suspect that we either need to re-write TCP/IP or create a completely new protocol.
P.s: I am using this new theme that makes the 'Title' go all CAPS. I like the theme, but not the all-caps.