1. Pervasive computing is the next information technology paradigm. Connectivity is the seed of this change. Major high-tech players will disappear and new ones will be born overnight.
2. Your current business risk in information technology may be much higher than you think. The dominant IT technologies and practices--including cloud computing--are inadequate for the coming pervasive computing paradigm. They will not scale gracefully into a "trillion-node network."
3. We need to move beyond open source and move towards open component ecologies. Simple stable components--sometimes hardware, sometimes software--will be layered together and will create new forms of value that will compete in market driven feedback loops.
4. The good news is that trillions is a very big number. New revenue streams in the form of high-volume micro-transactions will become viable. New business models based on little bits of information collected over vast networks will rule the day.
5. Complexity is inevitable, but bad complexity will kill you. Consider how you can foster beautiful complexity in the form of hierarchy, modularity, redundancy, and generativity. Nature and evolution are the best teachers.
6. Design for Generativity and Emergence. Use architectural thinking as the foundation for your work. Then get in the practice of building dynamic simulations--even if made from sticky notes and disposable cameras at first--of your entire business ecology early and often.
7. Design is not a paint-job or product styling or user-interface "look and feel." Properly understood, design is the whole shooting match. If your organization isn't design literate you risk becoming a dinosaur lumbering among agile predators running around at your feet.
8. Make your products and services human literate. Human beings are vastly more complex, subtle, and important than machines. We've spent a half-century believing that people should become "computer literate." That's precisely backwards. Computing should become "human literate."
9. Computing needs to fade into the woodwork so that humans living their lives can come to the foreground. Think of ways you can use connectivity and computing to hide and tame complexity for your customers. They don't really want to think about computers, they want to think about doing their jobs and living their lives.
10. Explore ways that you can simulate and foster strange bedfellow relationships now. Consider what could happen if you harvested and shared all the information your current products could capture or "know." The value is inestimable.
“This book provides a refreshing, insightful guide to how companies can prepare for future technology innovations and thrive in this emerging information age. Summing Up: Recommended. Business and computer science collections serving upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers.” (Choice, 1 July 2013)
To read (and re-read) this book is to receive a priceless gift, and to be all the better for the change it engenders.
Some great insights and new (to me, at least) ideas about how the proliferation of computing devices will force us to reshape the way we do things.
These authors love to use analogies, and the analogies are frequently very imaginative; they are also frequently too long.
A fascinating book from cover to cover. I'm an IT professional so could cope with some of the more arcane aspects... Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Swann
The chosen metaphors and the rationale to chose a more coherent and layered (protocol-wise) design are very good. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rafael T.
I bought this book expecting a mind-expanding view of the future. The authors offer one intersting idea - that of a freely accessible, ubiquitous store of information, all kept in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by W. Vester
I just finished my second reading of Trillions, and I am sure if I can find the time I will get more out of a third helping. Read morePublished 16 months ago by David Laufer
This was a good read and has for me connected some of the dots I was aware of but did not consciously consider as part of my Job. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Thorsten Scholz
I just finished this, a fascinating look at how information will be obtained and shared. Some great insights and new (to me, at least) ideas about how the proliferation of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Coastm
Although the major premise is the rise of a huge Internet of things, the underlying premise, important to the authors because of the need to scale it up, is the emerging... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kelly C. McDonald
I was very surprised by this book. I was expecting a keen insight into the future of the Internet of things but instead got 1/3 promotion for their design company, 1/3 history of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Scott Jenson
I loved this book. The concepts were well articulated and well illustrated. It was most certainly a joy to read.Published on January 7, 2013 by BCJ