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October 2, 2007

Flattener #10: “Steroids: Digital, Mobile, Personal and Virtual”

Filed under: Uncategorized — yoddha @ 8:14 am

What are these steroids? Friedman calls those things steroids that amplifies all other flatteners. These things helps do the collaboration in a way that is digital (something which can be interpreted by computer and transmitted over network), mobile (which can be done anywhere), personal (which can be done by you for you) and virtual (process of manipulating digitized content so fast that it looks automatic and easy).

Now what are these things?

  • Computing – storage capability, computational speeds, input/output capability.
  • Breakthroughs in instant messaging and file sharing. It started with Napster and today we have Kazaa and BitTorrent.
  • Breakthroughs in making phone calls over internet. VoIP.
  • Videoconferencing. Friedman tells us how HP and the DreamWorks SKG collaborated on designing a videoconferencing suite.
  • Recent advances in computer graphics driven in part by the advances in computer games.
  • Most importantly, Wireless technologies and devices.

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