We need to talk about platforms

Platforms are not to be confused with traditional corporations. They are much more. Here’s three reasons why: 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 […]

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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 […]

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Hot tips for Slush 2016

Demos Helsinki is part of Slush 2016, one of Europe’s biggest technology and startup event! Follow this schedule and find us at Slush 2016: TUESDAY 29th NOV 2016 17:30–21:50 // FREE PRE-EVENT The Sexy Truth – An Afterwork of Cleantech & Opportunities G Live Lab, Yrjönkatu 3, Helsinki Satu Lähteenoja from Demos Helsinki will discuss the opportunities of cleantech to solve environmental problems in the afterwork event of cleantech. The Sexy Truth is that climate change and the environmental problems of the world are actually opportunities for change, growth and […]

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8 Statements How to Make Nordic Startup Ecosystems More Effective

I recently published a big literature review on entrepreneurial ecosystems for Demos Helsinki NAKED Approach project (Finns have a bit of a thing for cheeky abbreviations). The work offers a baseline understanding of the factors that shape high-tech startup ecosystems. GREAT STUFF but most of us don’t have time to shift through 58 pages working paper. Good news is that you can simply check out my slides from Success in the Hyperconnected World -event on 25 August 2016 at the Demos office. The presentation adapts key findings from the review into […]

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Why blockchain – the innovation behind Bitcoin – might completely transform the way we think about trust (and everything else)

Last week, we invited leading digital experts, designers and social scientists to discuss blockchain technology over a breakfast of coffee, sandwiches and yoghurt. The blockchain and its applications are indeed some of the most exciting recent developments in the digital world, but many questions remain unanswered. In this blog post, Demos employees Henrik Suikkanen and Christopher Rowley discuss the transformative role of the blockchain, and ask whether it is worth the hype.   Plenty of hype around blockchain technology, but what is it actually? Lately, blockchain technology has created a […]

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Smart talk with Mehmet Kaplan

Hyperconnected Neighborhoods, Transparent Cities, Smart Meetings and Transportation-on-Demand. These are some topics we’ll present and talk about on April 11 together with Mehmet Kaplan, Sweden’s Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology. The discussion is based on Demos Helsinki’s new report on the great potential that the massive initiatives in both building and renovating houses and apartments present: in reaching ecological goals and in promoting sustainable neighborhoods, transportation and energy use. In a word there’s a unique window of opportunity to revitalise the entire city, not just to building more […]

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Why 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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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 exceeded the number of people in the world. The number of devices that are connected to the internet will keep rising. This growth is not just because of computers and smartphones: with the help of sensors every physical item on this planet can be connected to the net. This phenomenon called Internet of Things will change our society as much as the industrial revolution once did. The Internet of Things will revolutionize many […]

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The Internet of Things is not about technology, it’s about society

When talking about Internet of Things, usually the first thing that comes into your mind is technology. Sensors, electronics and networks. Throw a bit of software in the mix and you’re all set, right? Not exactly. In the future, new technologies will emerge and yes, they are a fundamental part of the Internet of Things. Technology enables us to combine physical and digital realms. Digital will become physical as much as physical becomes digital. The aforementioned development, however, is not just about technology. It is actually more about society. Yesterday Demos Helsinki published a scenario report The Future […]

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Multiplying computing power will revolutionize the forms of ownership

Have you ever heard of Moore’s law? Well, Moore’s law was developed by entrepreneur and engineer Gordon E. Moore in 1970. He stated that the computing power doubles every two years. Interestingly, this observation has been quite accurate for the last 40 years. For almost twenty years now, consumers have shared digital good to themselves for free, shrinking revenues in music and newspaper industries. Nowadays, people are able to use cheap computing power in cloud to calculate complex big data sets for very small cost. Soon, when everyone is able […]

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How to ensure sustainable and happy life in the future?

At the moment Finns do well. Finland leads the charts in human wellbeing year after year. But there are problems behind the corner. With our current way of life, this level of wellbeing is impossible to maintain. The average Finn uses approximately three and a half times more resources than what is sustainable in the long run. Ever since the Limits to Growth report was published by the Club of Rome in 1972, the inevitable limits of the planet have been well known. The climate change has made this topic […]

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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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Future of work is one of hyperconnected world’s key tensions

Our world is becoming hyperconnected. It means that the physical and the virtual world will collide, come together and exchange qualities. 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 book of the debate is Jeremy Rifkin’s End of Work (1995). According to Rifkin, unemployment will increase massively in the future because of information technology. Millions of people in manufacturing, agricultural and service sectors would then lose their jobs as they can be done with help […]

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You’ll forget most of today’s top brands – and this is why

Do these chief executives ring any bells: Cyrus Comstock, John Stephenson, Henry Fitz and Roy Stanhope? Thought so. 100 years ago everyone knew them as they were the most valued manufacturers of horse carriages, racing fiercely over market dominance. Obviously we don’t know them because of a now seemingly self-evident paradigmatic change in mobility: cars. Similar changes are taking place today, just on a lot more massive scale. The majority of the companies on the current S&P 500 list are estimated to be wiped out faster than their forefathers. Want to […]

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Roope Mokka at Fores seminar – Four things you should know about Internet of NO Things

Fores, a Swedish think tank, held a seminar last week about “Internet of NO things”. Roope Mokka from Demos Helsinki was invited and gave a speech about the biggest societal change and productivity leap since the industrial revolution. Mokka sums it up in these four points: Internet of NO things is already happening It will inevitably change our relationship to the physical world Eventually the internet will disappear and become part of our environment Nobody knows exactly how, but we know pretty certainly that it will happen somehow How can we leapfrog the […]

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Will the Nordic perspective on the hyperconnected planet pull us out of the fire?

The defining correlation of our time is the correlation between the unsustainable use of resources and human wellbeing. Because of the limited resources of our planet, we must seek ways to end this dependence. Finland tops the charts in human wellbeing year after year. But with our current way of life, this level of wellbeing is unsustainable. The average Finn uses approximately three and a half times more resources than what is sustainable in the long run. On the other hand, the countries that do succeed in environmental wellbeing charts […]

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The Internet of NO Things – Demos Helsinki founder Roope Mokka’s speech at Almedalen Week

Welcome to a journey into the future. I’ll ask you to enter into a thought experiment. We’ll venture ten to fifteen years into the future and try and make sense of it. I’m here to discuss the internet of NO things. It is the point where the internet becomes part of our environment and therefore ceases to be. Yes, we think that it is likely that – as soon as in 10 years’ time – smartphones and the internet will have disappeared. My name is Roope Mokka. I’m a futurist […]

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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 21st 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:   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 […]

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