Do the Rules of Platform Control our Lives?

An emergence of the digital platform economy is driving fundamental changes in our societies. The way people come together, communicate, and create value is changing. Thesis: In the foreseeable future, all of our interactions with strangers will be facilitated by global digital platforms: from trade to meetings to sex to services and peer-help. Most successful digital platforms can reach near monopoly in months, allowing us to do the things we could not do before, yet granting very little power to their users or the societies they operate in. Are we […]

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Why IoT leads to the platform economy?

1. There is nothing new about platforms An emergence of digital platform economy is driving fundamental changes in our societies. But there is nothing new about platforms. Platform refers to a product, technology or organization that enable direct interactions between two (or more) distinct actors. For example most General Motors cars were already years ago built on a shared product platform. So, no matter if you bought an Opel or a Cadillac, the underlying structure of the car was actually similar. It makes sense, of course, to standardise production like […]

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Three reasons why we need to talk about platforms

1. Platforms are a new, unforeseen and strong user of power Platforms that aggregate people’s needs, physical assets and labour. Companies such as Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Google, Salesforce, and Uber are creating online structures that enable a wide range of human activities. This opens the way for radical changes in how we work, socialize, create value in the economy, and compete for the resulting profits. In future, all of our interactions with strangers will be facilitated by global digital platforms: from trade to meetings to services and peer-help. There are […]

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Enabling the Naked Vision: Surrounding as a Service

Author: Tanesh Kumar (CWC, University of Oulu) Co-Authors: Juha-Pekka Soininen(VTT), Madhusanka Liyanage(CWC), Antti Anttonen(VTT) and Ijaz Ahmed(CWC) Are you feeling yourself a slave of gadgets? Are you tired for typing every time to get some set of services? Are you fed up with looking at some screen each time to get any of service? Imagine an environment which knows your needs and responds according to that? Interesting!!! The current society is device centric and mostly dominated by gadgets and electronic devices. These connected devices provide immense potential for data collection […]

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communication architecture in hpyerconnected world

Living on the Tactile Edge: Communication Architecture for the Future Hyperconnected World

Written by: Mika Ylianttila, Jyrki Huusko, Ijaz Ahmad,Tanesh Kumar, Madhusanka Liyanage, Erkki Harjula, Jude Okwuibe Future is here. Some call it Internet of Things (IoT), some call it Internet of Everything (IoE), some call it Tactile Internet (TI). Most importantly, whatever the current buzzword may be, we always perceive the Internet through concrete applications and services it provides to our everyday life. Due to IoT/IoE, the digital world is already facing a transition from traditional ways of delivering the services for users in novel ways of ambient communications. We are already seeing the hallmarks […]

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How to involve users in IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is shimmering now, but if its users – the people – are forgotten during the development, it will fail. When we are talking about the IoT, where different devices and spaces communicate by themselves, it’s easy to forget the people around them. However, there’s no IoT without the interaction with a human being. These IoT devices are collecting data from people, helping them in their daily routines. But different emotions pop up when you know that the collected data not only stays within the faceless […]

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Try prototyping -design workshop in Rovaniemi on 31st March 2016

Design workshop of the University of Lapland is held on Thursday 31th March 2016, at 9-16, University of Lapland, F-house, Yliopistokatu 8, Rovaniemi The workshop is in Finnish. Tervetuloa Lapin yliopiston järjestämään muotoilutyöpajaan- kokeile itse protoilua! Torstai 31.3.2016 klo 9-16, Lapin yliopisto, F-talo, Yliopistokatu 8, Rovaniemi Työpajassa tutustutaan nopean protoilun tekniikoihin (mm. luonnostelu, vuorovaikutteinen mobiiliprototypointi, 3D-tulostus, laserleikkaus) sekä kokeillaan menetelmiä käytännössä. Työpajan tarkoituksena on valaista muotoilun mahdollisuuksia tuotekehityksessä ja erityisesti uusien tuoteideoiden konseptoinnissa ja nopeassa protoilussa. Osallistuminen ei vaadi aikaisempaa kokemusta! Työpaja on osa Tekesin tutkimusprojektia ‘The Naked Approach’. Työpajaan […]

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Why you need to have a different design for solar cells that are used indoors?

Author: Professor Paul Berger As the Internet of Things (IoT), focused toward indoor applications, evolves and expands, the importance of energy harvesting to power its nodes has to be emphasized. The energy from heat, vibration, and light, extracted from thermoelectric generators, piezoelectric generators, and photovoltaic cells respectively, can all be used. But light is one of the most efficient and ubiquitous among these energy harvesting sources [1-2]. Our vision of these IoT nodes will need to be printable and resemble a postage stamp, costing a microcent, and including computing, memory, […]

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5 ways the internet of things will change your business

According to the report published by Cisco in 2008 the number of devices connected to the internet now exceeds the number of people in the world. The number of devices that are connected to the internet is rising. This growth is not only from computers and smartphones: with the help of sensors every physical item on this planet can be connected to the internet. This phenomenon is called the Internet of Things and it will change our society as much as the industrial revolution once did. The Internet of Things will revolutionize many industries. […]

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A possibility is not a capability in the hyperconnected world

Since its creation internet was a promise. It would provide us a vast amount of information and connect us globally. Thanks to internet, we would find new solutions for all fields of business and solve societal problems. And yes, almost all of us use the internet. But how many of us can shape it? Do you know how to code? Almost all of us know how to search information from the internet, but how many of us can go beyond Google? Do you know how their algorithms select the information presented to you? […]

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