The Internet of Things is not about things, it´s about us

The internet of Things is one of the biggest hype words of the 21th century. Real-time connected objects and new information networks are said to lead to huge economical growth. What rarely gets said, however, is that the core of the Internet of Things is not things at all. Rather, IoT is about: 1. Us, the user A hyper-connected society means more user control. We won´t have to look randomly for trash cans, polling stations, transportation or restaurants anymore. Instead we´ll have advanced ways of finding exactly what we need […]

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3 things all Nordic governments should know about digitalisation

The Nordic countries are stable societies with quality education, making them fertile ground for big digital leaps. We here in the Nordics are able to digitise the more complex and demanding of processes, allowing us to reap the benefits of well increased productivity. Digitalisation allows us to do things smarter and better than ever before, all without compromising the equality in our societies. Nordic governments can, with their choosing, also play a big part in aiding the development of said digitalisation. They are able to provide the legislative base and infrastructure needed for […]

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Why You soon won’t own Anything and why That’s a good Thing

In the 20th century we got used to a way of thinking: if you need something, buy it. Cars, houses, records, you name it. Effective manufacturing and logistics led to a global overflow of stuff never seen before. Ownership was about being someone, it was a way of saying who you are. All this is still very much the case today: buying and owning things is a huge part of our lives. Something is different, though: Most of us have stopped buying CDs and DVDs. Young people aren´t buying cars […]

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Demos Helsinki joins Almedalen Week, Sweden’s largest congregation of minds

Almedalen is an annual week-long political festival unlike anything else in the world. Held on the gorgeous island of Visby, the event brings together the greatest thinkers in everything from politics to business to activism. Some 30,000 people gather to hear the talks. Fores and Demos Helsinki will stage an inspirational discussion in Almedalen this year on life after internet of things: ‘Internet of No Things.’ Transportation without vehicles. Democratic societies without votes. Energy companies without energy. Internet of things is not the big transformation. That is what comes after it, […]

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