Monthly Archives: August 2011

Corporate blogging: value versus risks

Knowledge@Australian School of Business recently published an interesting article on corporate blogging, which drew on an interview with me. Here are the quotes it took from my interview, along with a few comments. One of the greatest dangers is not getting involved in blogging at all, claims Ross Dawson – futurist, blogger and chairman of

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Going beyond human interaction with (quasi) intelligent machines, we are now beginning to explore interactions between (somewhat) intelligent machines. One of the concepts of the Singularity is that machines will before long be able to teach themselves and each other, to the point where their interactions and conversations are incomprehensible to our puny minds. This

Continue reading Proof: Intelligent machines can become religious by talking to each other

In this final video in the series of ‘futurist conversations’ between myself and Gerd Leonhard of The Futures Agency, we discuss the future of Nokia as a keyhole on where the mobile phone market is going. Here are a few of the points we make in the conversation:

Breaking: Google+ will be a reputation engine

For years I have been writing about reputation and have often said that this will be the decade of the reputation economy. Yet until recently there has been very little in the space. The social media measurement systems such as Klout and PeerIndex have limited data scope and while they talk the language of reputation

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I was just interviewed by ABC TV for tonight’s 7pm news about Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO of Apple. My initial reaction is that is as close to a non-event as it could be.  It was absolutely major news when Jobs announced his first medical leave for a life-threatening disease. It underlined that he would

Continue reading Why Steve Jobs’ resignation is a (relative) non-event as Apple becomes a living company

Tomorrow morning I will give the keynote at Mainstreet Australia conference on the topic of Creating the Future of Business. My slides are below. The usual caveat applies – the slides are designed to accompany my presentation and not to stand alone. Keynote: Creating the Future of Retail Spaces View more presentations from rossdawson While

Continue reading Keynote: Creating the future of retail shopping precincts: The Power of Community and Uniqueness

The distribution of music taste and consumption has shifted dramatically over the decade years, and will continue to evolve significantly in coming years. Back before a dozen years ago, radio and MTV exposed people to a limited range of music from label playlists, and the cost of records and CDs made it hard to experiment

Continue reading The implications of the new broader, flatter distribution of music taste

This month’s Qantas Business Radio has a technology focus, including interviews with Nick Leeder, Managing Director of Google Australia, Simon Hackett, Managing Director of Internode, Peter Williams, CEO of Deloitte Digital, Charis Palmer, Editor of Technology Spectator, Ian Hogg, CEO of FremantleMedia Australia, as well as myself. There are some great insights in the various

Continue reading Qantas Business Radio: why crowdsourcing will drive the future of organizations

Financial services is one of the most industries in which the use of social media is the most relevant, not least because customer service is a critical differentiator between highly commoditized offerings. While financial services and banking were traditionally highly relationship-based, the shift to online has significantly eroded those relationships. Social media, used well, provides

Continue reading Research: The acceleration of Australian banks’ use of social media

Continuing our series of conversations between fellow-futurist Gerd Leonhard of The Futures Agency and myself, here is our session on the future of newspapers. Here are a few notes from our conversation:

Yesterday I was interviewed on ABC TV about Google’s bid for Motorola Mobility. The interview segments aired were on the value to Google of Motorola’s patent portfolio and the implications for the Android ecosystem. Below are excerpts from the transcript of the interview on ABC.

How much value do you get from the web? A lot more than you pay for it. We may quibble about the cost of bandwidth and online services, and in some cases we should, but the reality is the value we get from connectivity and web-based services is massive. Earlier this year McKinsey & Co

Continue reading The extraordinary personal value of the web: $140 billion is the tip of the iceberg

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Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author. He is Founding Chairman of AHT Group, which consists of 3 companies: consulting, publishing, and ventures firm Advanced Human Technologies, future and strategy firm Future Exploration Network, and events company The Insight Exchange.

Ross is author most recently of Getting Results From Crowds, the prescient Living Networks, which anticipated the social network revolution, the Amazon.com bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, and Implementing Enterprise 2.0. (click on the links for free chapter downloads). He is based in Sydney and San Francisco with his wife jewellery designer Victoria Buckley and two beautiful young daughters.

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