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Win an Autographed Copy of The Next Wave of Technologies

A little contest to win a copy of the book.
Mar | 27 | 2010

Mar | 27 | 2010

My new book, The Next Wave of Technologies, covers a great deal of ground.  I for one don’t have a crystal ball and don’t know which technology will ultimately have the greatest impact. Maybe you do?

In this vein, I’m holding a little contest in which you can win an autographed copy of the book.


In the comments to this post, submit 200 to 1,000 words on which technology is the most important and why. Your choice/submission need not correspond to a chapter in the book.

Other rules:

  • One submission per person, please.
  • While I do speak Spanish, please submit entries in English.
  • Original content, please. Don’t simply paste in a post from your blog.
  • I hope that this goes without saying, but no plagiarizing.
  • Please properly cite any books, articles, or blog posts.
  • I’ll choose the top five submissions and create a poll. You can then vote on your favorite submission.
  • I’ll ultimately need your address to send you the book but, rest assured, it stays with me.
  • Submissions are due by April 7 pm at 5 pm, EST. After that, I’ll close off the comments.

Thanks and good luck.

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  1. Mohammed Al-Taee

    As for today, social media tech tools are changing our life and business. For me, Twitter is my best and dream tool.

    Twitter can make you a leader in your niche, all you need is just short free tweets. Twitter can grow your network, make new friends, establish new business opportunity, promoting your brand product, ask questions, talk to authors and starts, etc.

    .-= Mohammed Al-Taee´s last blog ..Brand Conversation with Kareem Shaker =-.

  2. Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

    Hi Phil,

    Great idea on the contest. Also nice to see Mohammed already having posted a reply.

    In my opinion, the next wave of technology that is the most important is IPTV ( I see two streams of content in traditional TV media: subscribed and realtime.

    For the time being, the bandwidth required for realtime TV is too great for mass consumption. This is often due to imposed limitation by current ISPs mitigating their own TV Network usage. Regardless, for mass real time streaming to become a reality, we will be needing a much faster and wider network bandwidth.

    As such, we have seen the largest growth in IPTV in subscribed streams. For subscribed content, the issue of bandwidth is less of an issue. You tend to watch subscribed content at your own time and pace. As such, real time streaming costs are not deferred to match their defined priority.

    From the growth of the Touch iPod through the iPad, it is only a matter of months before we start hearing about the 42″ iTV from Apple. All subscribed content feeding directly from the iTunes Store over built in Wifi. The Touch is already the RowMote for my Home Theatre (bye bye Logitech Harmony market).


  3. Jill Wanless

    Biotechnology and robotics – together.

    I believe they will have the greatest impact as they will (and are currently as in the case of cochlear implant robotics) allow humans to design how we evolve with abilities to perform things that we never were able to previously.

    I have a friend (with an implant) who can hear some sounds that I cannot. What will that look like 10, or even 5 years from now?

    I don’t know enough about the technology to write 1000 or even 200 words, but I believe the future these 2 two technologies will make advances that we have only previously seen in Science Fiction.

    Thank you

  4. philsimon

    Thanks for the comments, all.

    Keep ’em coming. I’m big on variety here.

  5. Pete Benson

    Quantum physics is the future of the technology. We currently are working towards fully understanding quantum entanglement and are attempting to entangle things on a macro scale. Imagine a world where cloud computing is run in a lag free environment, the possibility are endless when distance and lag are no longer and issue.

    Mastering quantum physics will change how technology works and how we interact with it. A few years it ago it was just a theory glorified by science-fiction but now it is becoming a reality that has implication on every aspect of life.

    If we can’t master quantum physics I hope are robot overlords will at least master it.

  6. Paul Saunders

    In my opinion Open Source and Developer Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are the most significant and therefore the most important emerging technologies within the field of Enterprise IT.

    Power is continuing to shift away from the traditional big players in the field of Business Computing and is becoming more and more democratised. Open Source leads the way in this regard. Who would have thought 10 years ago when Microsoft was ploughing investment into its professionally written Encarta Encyclopaedia product that it would be rendered redundant by a free open-editable alternative written by anonymous internet users who write without pay? The same goes for internet browsers. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still being pushed the hardest by Mozilla’s Open Source FireFox. OpenOffice.Org is making real inroads to the Office Desktop Application market with governmental and educational bodies around the world leading the way to a free suite of applications. And with no revenue to speak of you can hardly describe it as a “market share”.
    Software developers and web investors have cottoned on to the fact that in order to promote adoption of their product and add value they need to open up the guts of their application to third party developers, users, partners and the general public to create innovative additional features and add-ons. This doesn’t always need to be via true open source: APIs and SDKs allow a controlled means to allow anyone to expand the bounds of an application into new territories and complimentary products that the original developer never would have dreamed of being able to achieve.
    For end users and for Enterprise in general this amounts to getting far more for less. For practically every Enterprise oriented software product there is now an Open Source or free alternative. For every new web application coming to market there are a set of tools available to allow you to develop complementary products. You no longer have to rely on the vendor to charge you through the nose and wait 18 months for a new feature to be introduced – you can do it yourself or outsource it to someone else.
    37Signals and FogCreek are great examples of enterprise software developers who positively promote the wealth of external applications and add-ons as a positive feature of their products. The iPhone App store has created a market for the backroom programmer to market their products on a global scale and this trend is spreading with Android, Windows Mobile, Google and others releasing their own equivalents. Market forces will eventually force everyone to jump on the bandwagon and open up their code to whoever wants access to it. This shift towards open sourcing will be self perpetuating: Tools will become more and more accessible causing development to be partially deskilled therefore allowing practically anyone to develop their own add-ons. From a user perspective the bounds of where one application ends and another one begins will be blurred and computing will be well and truly democratized.

  7. philsimon

    Great comments again, all. I’ll be closing off the comments later today and putting up a poll for others to vote.

    Thanks for the insightful responses.

  8. philsimon

    Looks like Paul is going to run away with this. I’ll announce a winner tonight.

    Thanks again to everyone for reading, entering, and voting.


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