Miapetra Kumpula-Natri: What role for the public sector in the innovation policy of the future?

Text: Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of European Parliament It’s hard to imagine that the words ”public sector” could carry a more negative connotation than they do in today’s political narrative concerning innovations or disruptive innovations. Public sector or the state is considered to be bureaucratic, (too) big, slow, cumbersome and an overall hindrance to agile and free flowing innovation. Of course, any serious attempt in innovation, industry, science or economic policy-making has to look beyond such caricatures. The public sector is and has been a key instrument in developing and bringing […]

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Three reasons why public sector has important role in new technologies

Public decision-making has an important role also in creating new technologies and innovations. It should not limit or slow technological development but instead try and make sure that it leads to the solutions that are beneficial to society. That can mean implementing the perspective of vision-driven development into industrial and innovation policies. We listed three reasons why public sector has an important role in technological development:  1. Technology is not developed separately from other societal contexts. The political decisions and social investments affect the direction for technological development. Hence the […]

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Tech is everybody’s business

‘The good news is we are sitting on a complete revolution of technology that allows us to  move in a sustainable direction. That’s a matter of choice though… We have to decide on planetary scale, we’re going for a sustainable, green, inclusive economy.’ (Sachs, 2014) Technological development is happening simultaneously in different contexts: virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotization, nano-materials, energy-technology and so on. All these developments have significant societal consequences. Digital platforms are displacing traditional companies, computers humans; devices traditional communication and so on. It’s not easy to imagine and […]

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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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Naked Approach Newsletter 6/2017 – How will artificial intelligence change the way we learn?

  Naked Approach Newsletter 6/2017 Naked Approach is a research project built for the hyperconnected world with the sensor revolution. Hyperconnectedness and sensors will radically change the way we perceive, act, do business and interact in the world. Demos Helsinki has published two scenarios about the hyperconnected planet until the year 2040. Download the book for free here. You can find the previous Naked Newsletters from the Naked Approach website. How will artificial intelligence change the way we learn? In universities we have forgotten pen and paper a long time ago. If […]

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Naked Newsletter 5/2017 -The end of work or liberation from work?

  Naked Approach Newsletter 5/2017 Naked Approach is a research project built for the hyperconnected world with the sensor revolution. Hyperconnectedness and sensors will radically change the way we perceive, act, do business and interact in the world. Demos Helsinki has published two scenarios about the hyperconnected planet until the year 2040. Download the book for free here. The end of work or liberation from work? The impact of automation and digitalization on the future of work has been debated for a long time already. One of the most well-known books […]

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Sharing care: 3 advantages and 1 disadvantage of sharing services in the healthcare sector

The collaborative and sharing economy seems to have established itself as a growing market model, especially in consumer markets. Demos Helsinki created in the Naked approach -project two different scenarios for the hyperconnected Nordic societies of 2015 to 2040. In these scenarios, seven long-term changes were identified, one of which depicts the shift from owning things to owning data. In this post-ownership society, data have high values, perhaps greater than that of money. But what could this shift mean for national healthcare systems and services, which are one of the basic […]

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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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Naked Newsletter 4/2017 -Will blockchain save the world?

  Naked Approach Newsletter 4/2017 Naked Approach is a research project built for the hyperconnected world with the sensor revolution. Hyperconnectedness and sensors will radically change the way we perceive, act, do business and interact in the world. Demos Helsinki has published two scenarios about the hyperconnected planet until the year 2040. Download the book for free here. Will blockchain save the world? If you follow the tech world, you can’t avoid encountering blockchain.The technology, which most famous application is the virtual currency, bitcoin, has been claimed to save the world […]

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Naked Newsletter 2/2017 -Time to talk about platforms

Naked Approach is a research project building the hyperconnected world with the sensor revolution. Hyperconnectedness and sensors will radically change the way we perceive, act, do business and interact in the world. Demos Helsinki has published two scenarios about the hyperconnected planet until the year 2040. Download the book for free here. Also, you can find the old Naked Newsletters at the Naked Approach website. Digitalisation brings platforms into our everyday life There is nothing new about platforms – but as digitalisation becomes a more and more integral part of the physical […]

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