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Building bridges to global markets

During his campaign, Barack Obama proposed that his administration would be spending 50 billion dollars to help doctors and hospitals to digitize their files and build patient databases.

Electronic record keeping could lower costs and save lives.

Unified records would help doctors to more easily recognize which patients are on dangerous drug combinations.

The U.S. Medical system runs on paper and pens rather than bits and bytes.

Many companies, from IBM to Procter & Gamble, have embraced the Web 2.0 ideals of transparency and decentralized problem solving.

Open source fundamentalists are approaching the view that making data about your health freely available to family, friends and doctors could enhance the quality of care.

On the contrary, there a lot of reasons to be afraid of sharing your health information. Insurance could be the worst. People could also be discriminated at their work places.

Shopping Centers in Decline in U.S.

I’d like to have your comments about the continuing decline of shopping centers in U.S.

Bloomberg, IBM and Reis are reporting, the price of square ft. of shopping center space is declining faster than in decades.
Consumers are not using their credit cards as beforePeople are becoming more conservative in their buying habitsMore the 50 % of U.S citizens have less money for consumptionCredit card use is becoming more selective and conservativePeople go to traditional stores they have a feeling forConsumers don’t change shop very easilyInnovation doesn’t seem to be the thing for the presentPeople watch their money spending with greater careMore responsible buying habitsTrendsLess is moreGreen is betterLow cost is high on the purchasing listPeople don’t mind about the brands as beforeInterior decoration isn’t a big thing for the momentEating out is fading away: slow food at home is becoming popularLess entertainment, travel and home electronicsSpending less on media and fashion (clothes)F…

Let's have a talk

The future of disruptive technical and social innovations.

Do we get anywhere with social media?

Does more "talk" and interaction lead to a better society and new inventions?

Can you tell about positive results?

Who did what and where and how did the community become better?

I like to get much more hard facts about the real value of social networking and open collaboration.

Open Collaboration and Wiki

Wiki does let anyone with Internet access create, edit and remove content on a web page.

The Wiki technology has been spreading outside the world of tech geeks.

It has been adopted by workplaces, corporations and even governments.

- Shifting away from hierarchical
- Self-organized
- Collaboration networks

Collaborative software has become a very important part of how businesses will invent and innovate.

IBM has used wikis since 2005 It's now a part of Lotus Notes Also blogs

Social Networking 2007

In 2007, young people were moving in two directions: Facbook or MySpace. Two years later, Facebook appears as the winner.

Second Life never made it. The new kid on the block is now Twitter.

Friendfeed might be growing in the future: now owned by Facebook.
Google Waves appear on the scene this autumn.

Nobody knows how successful this "Invite Only" service is going to be within two years.

MySpace won the kids whose parents didn't go to college. Facebook attracted people with better education. Facebook started from Harvard but spread out to the masses.

Today, most people don't remember the origin of FB.

Did we learn something from this depression?

Spreading things like U.S. mortgage risk around the world was supposed to make us safer. So why did the market first get rockier and then make a nose dive about a year ago?

We've probably survived the worst part of the financial and banking crisis but it will take a long time for an exporting country like Finland to get back to previous success levels.

The problems started to surface in U.S. in 2007. The American subprime mess lead to panic selling of stocks from Stockholm to Seoul and Helsinki to Paris.

At that time, a year before the collapse, investors were looking hard to see what other shaky paper could be lurking inside their portfolios.

There were warnings, the financial system was well aware about the problems that U.S. could be "knocked into a serious recession" with global implications.

All the fears materialized. Now, we're talking about how to climb up from the valley of recession. How long will it take? Did we make all the necessary adjustments in over p…

Google Wave: You need to pay attention to this. - Jason Kolb re: the Future of the Internet

People have been talking about the Wave on Qaiku and Twitter. I didn't have time to bother with it before. A few minutes ago, I got this message from:

ymb . @digitalvillages @heleneauramo best explanation i have read so far is here -

Who is vmb? Bio Mike Bradshaw, a European who is living in Finland & occasionally making technology "do stuff"(TM).

It looks like I've to jump on the band wagon.

Google Wave: You need to pay attention to this. - Jason Kolb re: the Future of the Internet: "Google Wave: You need to pay attention to this.

So here's the deal with Wave: If you deal in technology, and you get this one wrong, you'll miss the boat. And it's a big boat. If, on the other hand, you get this one right, you have the potential to do some incredible innovation.

In a nutshell, this is the next revolutionary leap in Internet application architecture. Maybe the first truly revolutionary leap since HTTP itself.

I've been wantin…